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Greetings from Tim Buckley (2012)

Imogen Poots , Penn Badgley , Daniel Algrant  |  Unrated |  DVD
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Imogen Poots, Penn Badgley, William Sadler, Norbert Leo Butz
  • Directors: Daniel Algrant
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: New Video Group
  • DVD Release Date: September 17, 2013
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00CXVRE58
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #128,599 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Editorial Reviews


The film spotlights a powerhouse lead performance by Penn Badgley as Jeff Buckley. --Movieweb

Sensitive, well-cast film about father-son musicians Tim and Jeff Buckley gets the emotions and music just right. --The Hollywood Reporter

Product Description

In 1991 Jeff Buckley, an unknown twenty-four-year-old L.A. musician, is invited to participate in a tribute concert in New York City for his late father Tim Buckley, the iconic folk rock star. In the days leading up to the concert, Jeff grapples with his own self doubts and the legacy of his famous father. But with the loving help of an enigmatic young woman working at the concert, he finds the courage to perform at the now legendary St. Ann s concert, where Jeff discovers his own voice singing his father s songs, captivating the audience and launching Jeff s own meteoric career.

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A new kind of biopic May 3, 2013
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I enjoyed this movie. As a writer, I admired the attempt to blend fact and fiction. Unlike other reviewers, I didn't care how much of it was true, or the fact that Penn Badgley did not look exactly like Jeff. The movie tells a story that stands on its own, and I think Badgely "became" Jeff, which is more important. The role was all about spirit. The power of the movie is that the characters interact well together, and the story that the writers and director choose to tell is told well. Like other Jeff Buckley fans, I look forward to seeing "Mystery White Boy." But if you are a fan and keep an open mind, this one is very much worth seeing.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
I wanted very much to be able to give Daniel Algrant's "Greetings From Tim Buckley" my highest recommendation. The genius of Tim Buckley and Jeff Buckley are evident on the film's incredible soundtrack which features songs which are a combination of original recordings and tracks expertly recreated. This is a respectful film that quietly examines the complexities of the estranged relationship between father and son. Unfortunately, though, the film's screenplay doesn't offer much enlightenment or insight. If you are not knowledgeable about the Buckleys, you will leave the film with little more information than you started. If you are a fan, the experience feels like a missed opportunity. Wearing its indie roots proudly, the movie is a meandering (and relatively plot-less) sojourn that tracks the paths of both Buckleys on alternate timelines without ever really getting very close to either. The film is well meaning, to be sure, but I'm not sure it ever accomplishes its primary goal. As both father and son are undeniable musical geniuses with problematic personal lives, there are a myriad of parallels that could bind them. The film never truly takes the opportunity to pull the two men together, though, on any thematic level which left me rather distanced throughout.

As "Greetings From Tim Buckley" opens, Jeff (Penn Badgley) receives a call inviting him to a tribute concert to be staged in his dad's honor. Next thing you know, he pops up in New York to participate, meets a ton of people, and wanders about rather cluelessly. The film never attempts to give you a proper introduction to any of these other players (so if you aren't conversant in the Buckley history, you certainly won't care) and the dialogue is so sparse and strained in the beginning.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Greetings from Tim Buckley: Decent Acting but Poor Plot October 20, 2013
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The acting by Bageley and Poots is fairly good. However, it is not widely understood that the plot is mostly fictional, that it takes rather big liberties with the truth. This constitutes a big deficit for the film.

I pwonder what Jeff Buckley would make of the problematic notion that he was involved in a supernatural search for his biological father? I equally wonder what Rebecca Moore, the woman whom Jeff actually met at the Tribute, would make of the role assigned to Imogen Poots? The movie did not have the rights to play any of Jeff's music, and this is another significant drawback for the film.

Greetings from Tim Buckley is not fully about either Tim or Jeff. It suffers from an amorphous storyline. In the end I was left speculating as to why this movie was ever produced?
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Confused... May 25, 2013
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The most amazing part of this story is the similarities between Jeff & his dad, Tim. Tim being an amazing performer, but they have such unique talent that it should be studied genetically. To me that would be the great story, not some silly love story and ridiculous singing in a record store...that scene should have been scrapped and burned. Just misses the mark....there's an obvious story here and this just doesn't make it happen, and it left me very frustrated.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars From a long time Jeff Buckley Fan May 8, 2014
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I felt as many of the reviewers felt... Penn Badgley did a great job of channeling Jeff at the end and I think that job is particularly hard because Jeff was such a unique person. The story line was not as strong as I had hoped... maybe it was just the way the film was cut or the choices that were made with regards to key scenes, like Jeff learning that his father would sneak into his room at night to watch him. The factual pieces mixed in with a bit of fiction seemed to be pieced together to try to create a coherent script for this aspect of his life and the connection to his father. Considering this was not sanctioned by Jeff's mother... I was grateful to see something put out about Jeff's life that us faithful fans could experience on screen despite the story flow flaws.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Needs to be re-edited. March 28, 2014
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There's some good material here, the actors are fine. It's just that... it needs a tighter editing. Lingers too long on scenes that should be cut - example: Jeff singing in the record store. The actor cannot match Jeff's vocal prowess and the scene shouldn't linger on his attempts. Also, the *actors* playing TIm/ Jeff really don't really look alike. So, don't focus the camera and script on the supposed similarity THAT ISN'T THERE. Suspension of disbelief incomplete. (Btw, the avoidance of casting Mary Guilbert was amusing).

I watched the movie for Jeff, but came out with more appreciation of Tim's music than ever before. And, that's a OK.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars I must see about a musical genius
Excellent story about a very talented singer-songwriter who died too young. His son who also inherited that talent died tragically.
Published 14 days ago by Roger F Wood
5.0 out of 5 stars Great flick
I found his movie great, especially the flashbacks back and forth to his father. Buckley's music doesn't go unnoticed in this.
Published 1 month ago by Jake Pendleton
3.0 out of 5 stars Tim Buckley and Jeff Buckley
A sad story detailing the lack of connection between two very talented artists: father and son. Would have liked more about Tim Buckley.
Published 4 months ago by Jeanne Chambers
2.0 out of 5 stars There was little reason to make this movie...
I love Jeff Buckley's music. It is some of the most emotional music I have ever heard and I doubt I will ever tire of listening to it. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Thomas Lhamon
5.0 out of 5 stars Tim Buckley The Movie
Was a great movie as in a walk through the Legendary Jeff Buckley and Tim Buckley's Music Career. The movie gave insight to the Tim Buckley tribute concert that shed light on how... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Brian Smith
3.0 out of 5 stars A must see for Jeff Buckley fans
the film is truly about Jeff Buckley, who was an amazing genius in his own right. The concert tribute called "Greetings from Tim Buckley" turned out to be a springboard... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Steven A. Roberts
4.0 out of 5 stars Unusual and touching
A gentle, touching film about young musician Jeff Buckley, 3 years before his break out (and only) album “Grace” traveling
to NYC to perform in a tribute concert for his... Read more
Published 7 months ago by K. Gordon
5.0 out of 5 stars enjoyed this film
I've decided I love this film. I had to watch it a couple times to make that decision. The film does blend 'fact' and fiction, so if you don't like that, you won't like it. Read more
Published 7 months ago by amaxand
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic film...why did I have to create an Amazon account to...
I've been a fan of Tim and Jeff for a looong time, and to me, ANYTHING that brings back their music is a good thing. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Bo
4.0 out of 5 stars Great performances and an emotionally affecting movie.
I like this film as it wasn't your typical cliched bio pic but instead a refreshing look into the birth of an artist and beautifully done i must say,check it out for sure!.
Published 9 months ago by CUSTOMer
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