Good Ol' Freda 2013 PG CC

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Freda Kelly was the Beatles devoted secretary and friend from the beginning, witnessing their rise to stardom and eventual breakup. This revealing doc shares her amazing stories about the band for the very first time.

Starring:
Freda Kelly
Runtime:
1 hour 27 minutes

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Good Ol' Freda

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Product Details

Genres Music, Documentary
Director Ryan White
Starring Freda Kelly
Supporting actors George Harrison, Billy Hatton, Billy Kinsley, John Lennon, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr
Studio Magnolia Pictures
MPAA rating PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Captions and subtitles English Details
Rental rights 48 hour viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

Customer Reviews

Good Ol' Freda is simply amazing.
Craig Folkes
Freda Kelly, the Beatles' secretary has lived privately and quietly and has only just come forward with her observations about her job.
BeatleBangs1964
I didn't know much about her, just that she was the one that they all said hi to on the sixty-three x-mas record "Hey Freda" !
Kimberly S. Harrington

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61 of 61 people found the following review helpful By David Kusumoto on December 5, 2013
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
(HERE'S A LIST OF WHAT COMES WITH THIS PRODUCT.) I am NOT associated nor friends with any of the film's makers nor with the distributor of this Blu-ray / DVD.

* On August 10, 2013, "Good Ol' Freda" was screened at the Fest for Beatles Fans at the Hyatt Regency O'Hare in Chicago. Although the film made its world premiere in March 2013 at the SXSW (South by Southwest) Film Festival in Austin, Texas - the screening in Chicago was the first in front of a huge audience of Fab Four fans, many who traveled thousands of miles to attend, including former Beatles' Fan Club Secretary Freda Kelly herself.

* Director Ryan White's pitch when he approached the surviving Beatles and their wives through their executives at Apple Records was straight-forward: "This is a film about a woman named Freda Kelly who never sold out the Beatles." Translation: If you're looking for a kiss-and-tell documentary about the dirty laundry involving the world's most popular rock and roll band - look elsewhere.

* FEATURE FILM (86 minutes): "Good Ol' Freda" feels like a product approved by the Beatles and released by Apple (even though Magnolia Entertainment is its distributor). It is not a traditional tabloid-style-exposé that critics demand before they anoint it with showers of praise. Instead, the film's appeal has everything to do with the adorability of blue-eyed, brown-haired Freda herself - and her almost pathological, 50-year-aversion to talking about the Beatles. It boasts a killer soundtrack filled with Beatles songs and other material licensed from Apple (stuff that is near impossible for outsiders to obtain), along with images previously never seen.
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37 of 37 people found the following review helpful By K. Kraus VINE VOICE on September 7, 2013
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I watched this at The Fest For Beatles Fans in Chicago before its release. Freda was there, too, and it was awesome! It's amazing how she has kept so private all these years and I really admire her fierce loyalty to the Beatles and their privacy. She told about her weekly visits with Ringo's mother, who became like a mother to her. We get an insight into Beatles manager, Brian Epstein, and how he hand-picked Freda at only 17 to take care of the boys. What a fascinating 10+ years that must have been! Best Beatles-related movie I've ever seen.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Captain Trips on November 6, 2013
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I will start by saying I'm a huge Beatles fan.
And like most huge Beatles fans I've watched many documentaries, good and bad, about them.
And just when I thought I had seen it all comes this breath of fresh air.
A true gem.
Amazing to see the rise of the group from a humble perspective.
A MUST see!
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Craig Folkes on September 10, 2013
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Good Ol' Freda is simply amazing. Freda has kept these secrets for 50 years. She could have profited and became rich but instead remained loyal to those around her. A wonderful person with a wonderful story. A must see even for the casual fan of Beatlemania.
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Steven I. Ramm TOP 50 REVIEWER on December 9, 2013
Format: Blu-ray
First, an important caution when reading reviews of this product. Amazon has a policy of grouping all reviews of all formats of a film (theater, Amazon Instant DVD, BD) together. As I submit this review there are already 23 reviews posted, only one of which is of the DVD or Bluray. So, I always suggest to look to see which product is being reviewed and to look for the date of the review. That will guide you best. Now on to my review of the Bluray.

Of the thousands of reviews I’ve written for Amazon I’ve rarely – if ever – felt that there was another review of a product that covered practically everything one could say about it. But after reading David Kusumoto’s review of the Bluray/DVD release of this film, I have to send you there for a thorough and well-written review. I’ll try to add a few more facts and my take on the film and the package.

“Good Ol’ Freda” started making the film festival circuit in early 2013 and played at the WXPN Music Film Festival in Philadelphia in April 2013. I missed that one shot chance to catch it, but heard great things from friends and was anxious for the home video release. Magnolia films has been making a name for itself in releasing music related documentaries (“Muscle Shoals” was also at the April WXPN festival – and I did catch it and it’s great – and Magnolia will be releasing it in January (hopefully with lots of bonuses). But back to Freda.

As David pointed out in his review, there is a wonderful commentary track that reveals more stories than are shone in the film. But, remember that Freda was a loyal dedicated secretary for 11 years (one year LONGER than the Beatles were together as a band) and no real secrets are revealed.
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful By beatleguy on September 8, 2013
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This is a good, low-budget documentary about a key individual in the Beatles' history that has her own story to tell. To fans of the Beatles, it will be interesting and is worthy of your time. Freda's story is unique, but seems a little thin on the big screen. It appears that the setting of the main interview is in her home. The doc has a home-video/scrapbooky feel to it that likely represents the funding that could be obtained to screen it at all. I appreciated the opportunity to hear Freda's story, such as it is. Hope you enjoy it also!
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