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CBGB looks at New York's dynamic punk rock scene through the lens of the ground-breaking Lower East Side club started by eccentric Hilly Kristal (Rickman) in 1973 which launched thousands of bands.

Starring:
Alan Rickman, Malin Akerman
Runtime:
1 hour, 43 minutes

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Genres Drama, Music
Director Randall Miller
Starring Alan Rickman, Malin Akerman
Supporting actors Justin Bartha, Richard de Klerk, Johnny Galecki, Kyle Gallner, Ashley Greene, Rupert Grint, Estelle Harris, Taylor Hawkins, Ryan Hurst, Stana Katic, Joel David Moore, Ahna O'Reilly, Freddy Rodríguez, Mickey Sumner, Bradley Whitford, Josh Zuckerman, Julian Acosta, Bronson Adams
Studio Anderson Digital
MPAA rating R (Restricted)
Captions and subtitles English Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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Format: Blu-ray
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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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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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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Heard about this one from a local DJ (Dan Reed, WXPN, Philadelphia) when he was talking live with Chetah Chrome (Dead Boys band - played very well by Rupert Grint) one recent afternoon, and decided to check this movie they were talkin' about out. So glad I did! It chronicles the endeavors of Hillel Crystal (Hilly) and the run-down joint he buys that eventually becomes the infamous CBGB. I had NO IDEA of just how many bands this man helped become at least brought out of obscurity if only for a while, not to mention the many punk and rock acts that eventually went on to become very famous (and very rich) because of his vision in that dirty, leaky, grungy, poorly-lit, broken down club. Hilly's true talent in my opinion was that he was able to hear a bands musical chops, even in their early days, despite what they looked like or how they acted. You'll see several familiar faces in this one, and some really good actors and actresses that portray these bands. Hat's off to you, Hilly! Thanx, man. Thanx A LOT!
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"There's something there, there's definitely something there." After two failed attempts at running a bar and on the verge of bankruptcy Hilly Kristal (Rickman) throws everything he has into a bar where he wants to feature local country, bluegrass or blues bands. What it turns out to be is the launching pad for an entirely new sound for a new generation. As the legend goes punk wasn't born here but after bands such as Blondie, The Ramones, The Police and Iggy Pop punk was discovered here. I have to admit I am not a fan of punk music. I did like the Police and some songs by the bigger named artists but overall it's not one of my favorite genres. I wasn't really sure what to expect from this going in but I really ended up liking it. Alan Rickman is great in this (as always) and the story moved fast enough that there really wasn't a boring part in this at all. The actors they picked to play the bands were spot on, Malin Akerman, Rupert Grint and Kyle Gallner are all interesting choices. I really ended up liking this much more then I thought I would. Overall, this is not just a good movie about music, this is a good movie period. I give it a B+.
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