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CBGB (2013)

Alan Rickman , Justin Bartha , Randall Miller  |  R |  DVD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (101 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Alan Rickman, Justin Bartha
  • Directors: Randall Miller
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Xlrator
  • DVD Release Date: December 31, 2013
  • Run Time: 101 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (101 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00F3TD8QQ
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #23,910 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Alan Rickman stars as legendary NYC club owner Hilly Kristal, who during the 1970s, wanted to create a venue for country, bluegrass and blues music (thus the name CBGB). When those acts became difficult to book, he shifted the club's focus to local bands playing original music, launching the careers of Patti Smith, Blondie, the Talking Heads and the Ramones and helping to define New York's punk scene and changing the face of music.

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32 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The ONLY downside.... October 12, 2013
No Ramones music, even though they were a large part of the story. But don't blame the film makers. Joey, Johnny, and DeeDee are gone, and a couple of their family members have control of the Ramones catalog. Pissed that they didn't get to "approve" the story, they refused to grant rights. So very sad, considering how many new fans would have been introduced to The Ramones, my favorite American rock band of all time.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
Rupert Grint. I just think he's SUCH a good actor so far beyond Ron Weasley. And I think I'd watch anything Alan Rickman was in, period. Which leads me to CBGB, a film I wasn't sure about - I haven't always been a big fan of the punk music scene, and that's an understatement - but this was actually a fun, funny, and truly entertaining movie about the infamous New York City club that gave many (MANY) new bands (punk and otherwise) their first chance at public exposure back in the 1970s ... and about the man who started it, the flaky, cranky, foul-mouthed, yet utterly loveable Hilly Kristal (Rickman).

A man of dubious talents who already has two bankruptcies under his belt, Hilly borrows money from his mother to open a club in the Bowery that will cater to the new, upcoming big trend in music: Country, Bluegrass, and Blue (which is how the club got its name, CBGB, an acronym for the music he wanted to showcase). The acts that came along, however, were more rock, hard rock, and punk oriented, but provided they played by Hilly's one rule - ALL original music, no covers or retreads of established hits - he booked acts he thought had potential (turns out, he thought MANY of them had potential). As the club gave birth to acts like The Ramones, Patti Smith, Blondie, Television, Talking Heads, Iggy Pop, The Dead Boys, The Police and more, it become THE place for underground bands wanting their voices heard to be played ... and THE place to be if you were cool, for soon Hilly's club becomes packed wall to wall with people, the club itself gaining national attention as some of its acts got signed and become superstars.
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars it's "OUT OF CONTROL!"" September 27, 2013
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It's great to finally see a film that deals with this subject matter and that,besides the usual suspects ,gets to turn the world onto such 70's punk icons as Wayne County and The Electric Chairs and Johnny Thunders And The Heartbreakers, on the incredible soundtrack album and in the film itself...a must see for PUNK, give us a film on the life of 1970's transgender glam/punk icon Wayne, who is now Jayne County!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Worth the watch November 13, 2013
By JD17
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This was a compelling topic about the rise of the punk movement and the role CBGB played. The movie for me fell a bit flat with regard to pulling in the viewer toward the key band characters and the scene.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great movie! January 25, 2014
By mary
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Alan Rickman is amazing! My daughter was obsessed with CBGB and had to have this! Great story. sad to see the place close
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18 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars viva Hilly October 11, 2013
does this film stink?
well remember; we are in 2013 & punk started out in 74-75.
from my point of view. we've been living over 30 years of total musical boredom or if you might prefer: some kind of silly revival.
now, let's get to the point. what interesting or exiting music have you found in these years?
grunge? lo fi? alternative? industrial? bla bla bla...
since the record industry ( a la par with the music press industry)
saw that they could make money out of attitude instead out of music,
they've been brainwashing music lovers with total trash, for example remember that brit-poop crap?

well, you can say that this film is as sick as any of those remember films made in between this years (74-13).
but. let's admit it, this film is great. you gotta admit it that most of the actors are quite unbelievable
or might be even shocking, if you try to compare them to the real elements (lou reed per se. my god ! where did they illustrate themselves).
but once the shock is swallowed & you get to admit that this is only a film & not a documantary.
you'll find it easy to see that, above all, the element that made punk what it is: is something called attitude.
& i guess this film delivers it.
you wanna find elements more believable?
well, i would suggest one, but since were at amazon & my sons might read it.
i'll suggest that you go out & find all those unbelievable & dusty vinyls that made this era what it was.
& maybe some of those magazines that illustrated these times, because apart from that, you'll have a bad time trying to find out out more.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent movie! February 2, 2014
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Good movie and good acting and good showing of the musical world in New York City! Stana Katic was great in her role!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun Movie! January 30, 2014
This was just a fun movie in general. Fast paced,entertaining and the list of familiar actors is also quite good.If you're a young kid and are new to punk rock I suppose this would be just as good of place to start as any considering a lot of the bands that helped make it what it is in NYC at the time play their part in this movie. The lack of Ramones songs is a disappointment but I guess they did what they could to make up for it with Joey's solo stuff.I read one review that complained about the lack of character development. I personally don't believe it's all that necessary. If you are familiar with punk or CBGB's in any way then you've already heard or watched the stories or if you were one of the lucky ones (unlike myself) lived them. If you are looking for something containing more facts and a little more in depth then check out some of the many documentaries that include the history of this legendary place. If you were to try to make a film like this with extreme "depth" then you'd probably have to make it a regular series on television to get all the stories out of it.haha!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun film. Great acting.
Alan Rickman never disappoints. There should be more punk movies about punk!
Published 2 days ago by HouseHusband76
5.0 out of 5 stars Stana copes with NYC punk and porno
CBGB, bought from Amazon as part of my study of Stana Katic's career, has become a cult film of formidable power in its combination of film fiction character development and... Read more
Published 8 days ago by Alan N. Hall
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Wonderful addition to my Stana Katic collection.
Published 16 days ago by Michael M. Hansen
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Brought back some good memeories of my youth!!
Published 26 days ago by L.R.
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
thank you... but the case was cracked..
Published 27 days ago by Dan
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
ok movie some funny parts
Published 1 month ago by esox 54
3.0 out of 5 stars I wanted to like it more than I did.
I was very excited for this film but it was a big let down. However, it is a fun film. It is well paced and held my attention throughout. Read more
Published 1 month ago by mike kirk
2.0 out of 5 stars Hated the recurring comic book motif
Incredibly dorky. Hated the recurring comic book motif. Just go play "Marquee Moon" on the jukebox in your nearest smelly rock club for a better time.
Published 1 month ago by Jimmy A.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 1 month ago by J. shop
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Film!
This was a great cast, and good story. Alan Rickman does a great job in this film. I'm sure a few historians will come along and point out some flaw with the script, but I'm not a... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Edward Evans
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