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24 Hour Party People (2002)

Cast: Steve Coogan, Steve Coogan, Shirley Henderson, more...
Director: Michael Winterbottom, Michael Winterbottom
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Studio: MGM
Genre: Foreign, Costume Drama/Period Piece, Biopics, UK
Running Time: 117 min.
Languages: English
Subtitles: English, Spanish, French, Portuguese
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This digital-video biopic uses the life of journalist, record mogul and club owner Tony Wilson to frame the story of the Manchester, England, music scene from the heyday of punk through the late-'80s "Madchester" era. As the founder of staunchly independent Factory Records, Wilson (Steve Coogan) shepherded the careers of doomed post-punk combo Joy Division, synth-pop superstars New Order and hedonistic louts the Happy Mondays. Along the way, he helped bring rave culture to Britain under the aegis of the legendary Hacienda nightclub. 24 Hour Party People follows Wilson from his conversion to punk at a seminal Sex Pistols concert through the suicide of Joy Division singer Ian Curtis, the overwhelming success of New Order and the eventual dissolution of the Factory empire thanks to bad business decisions, underworld ties and the hedonistic excess of the Happy Mondays. Directed by Michael Winterbottom and written by frequent collaborator Frank Cottrell Boyce, 24 Hour Party People features cameos from a large number of Manchester music luminaries. The supporting cast includes Shirley Henderson and John Simm, both of whom appeared in Winterbottom's Wonderland, while the film's title comes from a Happy Mondays song. ~ Brian J. Dillard, All Movie Guide

GreenCine Member Reviews

good for the fans by maritoni August 1, 2004 - 11:20 PM PDT
3 out of 3 members found this review helpful
as the description implies, yes this film is meandering. a bit too long at nearly 3 hours. of course if you're a fan of the manchester music scene it's a fun watch. i also appreciated the unique storytelling technique, though not entirely successful, using a sort of unexpected central character, tony wilson, to follow through the period from punk scene through to the raves. wilson serves the the film pretty well, especiall with his day job as a tv reporter giving a comedic and slightly historic background to the story. the filmmakers are definitely big fans and it's certainly an affectionate portrayal. the extras are pretty good too!

Pills, Thrills and Bellyaches by glamarama April 1, 2003 - 3:27 PM PST
10 out of 10 members found this review helpful
I thought this was a really enjoyable film, despite it's often self-indulgent and glamorized portrayal of Tony Wilson. This first half with Joy Division and early Factory Records was much more interesting than the second half (which was completely devoted to the Happy Mondays being drugged out arseholes). It was also pretty funny in unexpected ways and I really liked Steve Coogan's deadpan humour. I think it is worth watching if you were ever into British punk/new wave or bands from Manchester. We dusted off and played all our old Joy Division and New Order LPs after watching it :)

UGH by littlebriefs March 31, 2003 - 9:03 AM PST
2 out of 20 members found this review helpful

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Cannes Film Festival & More - 2002
Official Selection, Certain Regards... and more. Here is a bit more information on the films screened at the Cannes. I have attempted to list all the films that were considered for an award as well as any special screenings.

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