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Standing in the Shadows of Motown

2002-11-15 | Documentary
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In 1959, Berry Gordy Jr. gathered the best musicians from Detroit's thriving jazz and blues scene to begin cutting songs for his new record company. Over a fourteen year period they were the heartbeat on every hit from Motown's Detroit era. By the end of their phenomenal run, this unheralded group of musicians had played on more number ones hits than the Beach Boys, the Rolling Stones, Elvis and the Beatles combined - which makes them the greatest hit machine in the history of popular music. They called themselves the Funk Brothers. Forty-one years after they played their first note on a Motown record and three decades since they were all together, the Funk Brothers reunited back in Detroit to play their music and tell their unforgettable story, with the help of archival footage, still photos, narration, interviews, re-creation scenes, 20 Motown master tracks, and twelve new live performances of Motown classics with the Brothers backing up contemporary performers.
Director: Paul Justman
Stars: Richard 'Pistol' Allen, Jack Ashford

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The release date of Standing in the Shadows of Motown is November 15, 2002.
On April 29, 2021, the IMDB rating of Standing in the Shadows of Motown is 7.8/10, Rotten Tomato rating is 91/100, Metacritic rating is 76/100, TMDB rating is 7.0/10.
On April 29, 2021, there were 4525 public reaction to Standing in the Shadows of Motown including for when you want to cry, five stars, puppy love, for a watch party, pet-friendly.
The director of Standing in the Shadows of Motown is Paul Justman.
The genre of Standing in the Shadows of Motown is Documentary.
The runtime of Standing in the Shadows of Motown is 116 minutes.
The casts of Standing in the Shadows of Motown are Richard 'Pistol' Allen starring as Himself, Jack Ashford starring as Himself, Bob Babbitt starring as Himself, Benny 'Papa Zita' Benjamin starring as Himself (archive footage), Eddie 'Bongo' Brown starring as Himself (archive footage), Bootsy Collins starring as Himself.
The certification of Standing in the Shadows of Motown is PG.
In 1959, Berry Gordy Jr. gathered the best musicians from Detroit's thriving jazz and blues scene to begin cutting songs for his new record company. Over a fourteen year period they were the heartbeat on every hit from Motown's Detroit era. By the end of their phenomenal run, this unheralded group of musicians had played on more number ones hits than the Beach Boys, the Rolling Stones, Elvis and the Beatles combined - which makes them the greatest hit machine in the history of popular music. They called themselves the Funk Brothers. Forty-one years after they played their first note on a Motown record and three decades since they were all together, the Funk Brothers reunited back in Detroit to play their music and tell their unforgettable story, with the help of archival footage, still photos, narration, interviews, re-creation scenes, 20 Motown master tracks, and twelve new live performances of Motown classics with the Brothers backing up contemporary performers..
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