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Standing in the Shadows of Motown (2002)

Cast: Andre Braugher, Richard "Pistol" Allen, Richard "Pistol" Allen, more...
Director: Paul Justman, Paul Justman
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Studio: Live/Artisan
Genre: Documentary, Music, Biographies, Music Videos/Performance, Documentary, Music
Subtitles: English, Spanish
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Based on the book of the same name by Allan Slutsky, Standing in the Shadows of Motown is a historical tribute to the unsung heroes responsible for some of the greatest hits of pop music. Part documentary and part concert performance, this film is an introduction to the intriguing personas of the Hitsville studio band originally assembled by Berry Gordy in 1959. Over 40 years later, the remaining members reunited in their home base of Detroit, MI, to tell their stories, remember their departed bandmates, and put on a concert. The creation of the Motown sound is told through in-depth interviews, archival footage, and reenactments. Personal stories are intercut with live tracks from the concert performance featuring the Funk Brothers live on-stage along with popular vocalists interpreting some of their biggest hits. Some of the guest singers stick around for conversation with the musicians and offer a contemporary perspective, including Joan Osborne, Me'Shell NdegéOcello, and Ben Harper. The film follows the group's contributions through the '60s up until Gordy moved the label to Los Angeles in 1972. ~ Andrea LeVasseur, All Movie Guide

Special Features:

  • Audio Commentary with Director and Producer
  • Trivia Track
  • Song Selections / Performances
  • How It All Began - The Photo That Started It All, The Video That Started It All

GreenCine Member Ratings

Standing in the Shadows of Motown (2002)
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7.57 (35 votes)
Standing in the Shadows of Motown (Bonus Disc) (2002)
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8.38 (8 votes)

GreenCine Member Reviews

A great tribute to the studio musicians of Motown by WZoller August 28, 2004 - 7:24 AM PDT
1 out of 2 members found this review helpful
I highly recommend this movie, especially if you grew up in the Motown era and never really knew the men behind the music. It's sad that not all of these men are alive today to reap the notoriety and acclaim of this movie. I would especially loved to have heard from James Jamison, the greatest bass player of all times, and his legendary antics. Having the Motown hits performed by current recording artists was also well done.

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