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(196) 7.8 94 min 2016

Bang! The Bert Berns Story is a movie starring Brooks Arthur, Jeff Barry, and Solomon Burke. Music meets the Mob in this biography of '60s hitmaker and 2016 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Bert Berns.

Jeff Barry, Carmine DeNoia, Brooks Arthur, Solomon Burke
History, Documentary, Music
Brett Berns, Bob Sarles

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Audio English  Deutsch  Italiano  Español  Français  Gaeilge  Svenska  Nederlands
Subtitles 日本語  Čeština  Português  Australia  한국어  Filipino  Tiếng Việt  हिन्दी 
Quality 480p, 720p, 1080p, 2K, 4K
Genres History, Documentary, Music
Director Brett Berns, Bob Sarles
Writer Joel Selvin, Christina Keating
Stars Jeff Barry, Carmine DeNoia, Brooks Arthur, Solomon Burke
Country Ireland, UK, USA
Runtime 1H 34M
Description Music meets the Mob in this biographical documentary, narrated by Steven Van Zandt, about the life and career of Bert Berns, the most important songwriter and record producer from the sixties that you never heard of. His hits include "Twist and Shout," "Hang On Sloopy," "Here Comes The Night." and "Piece Of My Heart." He helped launch the careers of Van Morrison and Neil Diamond and produced some of the greatest soul music ever made. Co-Directors Bob Sarles and Brett Berns brings Berns' late father's story to the screen with interviews with those who knew him best and rare performance footage. Included in the film are interviews with Cissy Houston, Ronald Isley, Ben E. King, Solomon Burke, Van Morrison and Paul McCartney.

Top reviews

Thursday, 16 Jul 2020 20:19

A true talent on the brink of his own professional independence, and the makers of a documentary celebrating him with the crowd who grew to love him. More than his short, but memorable movie in the famous "Velvet Underground" sequence, this featurette is a tour de force for the talent and creativity of Ralph Bakshi. He filmed it in an idyllic California town, and his entire cast and crew appeared at a birthday party for the director in Seattle. Bakshi had the benefit of introducing his older son to his only child and hired an all-star cast of professionals, most notably Bruce Dern, and added a chapter to his already-famous legend. Bakshi was successful in promoting his son to be a major film star, but he was also successful in helping the film become an international success, with some of the most remarkable and surprising scenes ever made. While the story itself is fascinating, what really turns the story into a cult classic is the footage from the first-ever home movie recording of his son, and the silent film footage that accompanied the actual theatrical release. The dedication and care he showed in making it happen are second to none. He explained to me that the moment the new featurette was finished, Bakshi's wife realized she had lost the footage from the home movie recording and hurriedly mailed him the missing files. She wanted him to know how lucky he was that he had not let it go. Another impressive aspect of the film is the superb music. It is a fitting tribute to the man who made a home movie film and then went on to make many famous films himself. One of the best moments in the film is when Bakshi is interviewed about his decision to make the film. He talks about the school of his son when he was young and how he wanted to create the kind of music that his son would hear and love. Bakshi got his son to start listening to the music in his school, which changed the way he viewed the world and led to his path as a filmmaker. The words of the interview are so moving, and the way he describes his son is so inspirational. It is a truly amazing tribute to the great man of independent cinema.
Wednesday, 08 Jul 2020 23:54

I found this film to be a tremendous time capsule of the 1960's. The narrative is nonlinear and each segment is effectively acted as a separate documentary on the subject of jazz. From the overly-cut intro of a young new-comer at the Washington, D.C. club, to the party at which it is set, the film is without a doubt a slice of "a time when people thought they were a person". The viewer is presented with new insights that a great number of people from the time would have brought up themselves. Like most of the reviewers here, I am a born-and-raised jazz fan. I grew up listening to people like Miles Davis, Fats Navarro, Charlie Parker, etc., but since this was my first exposure to Bert Berns, it made me realise that I was probably somewhat biased towards him, as I am a die-hard Miles fan. But Bert's career is not just the career of Miles. Bert is just another guy with a band. He is the Jazz equivalent of a tennis pro who can win all of his matches, but without playing a single match. It is only in the last few years that I have found myself able to judge Bert as an artist, not just as a jazz player. To sum up, this film tells us that no matter what the genre, it is the "Swing" that should be the starting point, as it is the driver of any kind of musical life. (Unfortunately, there are some current swing bands who have abandoned this in favor of their own retrograde interests.) I suggest that anyone who considers themselves a jazz fan, and likes music, should see this film. Even if you don't, it is a good thing.
Wednesday, 08 Jul 2020 17:57

It is very rare to see such an informative documentary on the music and talent of a legendary artist. So rare that I doubt it will ever happen again. The only reason that I saw this documentary was to learn about music and the knowledge that comes from a brilliant mind. The real story of the Beatles is told through the eyes of the Beatles themselves and their friends. It's not a documentary about the band members but about the friends and family of John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Ringo Starr, and George Martin. The film is produced by the late music director Brian Eno and screenwriter Craig Kerby. Kerby, who was also the producer of the last two Beatles films, is an acclaimed film maker, having made films for hundreds of films including "U.N.C.L.E.", "The Pink Panther", "Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation", and "G.I. Jane". Here, Kerby's words and the film itself come together to form an entertaining, honest, and touching documentary. The documentary covers all the Beatles' successful and difficult relationships. They include: The Beatles' first experience with acid, their stints in musical camps and jam sessions, their childhood experiences in the war, their members' personal histories, their experiences in the music business, their travels, their personalities, their personalities' battles with cancer and heart disease, and their experiences during the end of the Beatles' tour. The documentary is almost 2 hours long and does not have any moments that would get old for those who have grown up with the Beatles' music. There are few songs, even fewer performances. The documentary is an excellent look into the Beatles' unique and inspirational journey. As a fan, I can not tell you how I feel about this documentary. The music is amazing. The film is very interesting and exciting and interesting. I would recommend this documentary to any Beatles fan.
Tuesday, 21 Apr 2020 02:30

Some of you may be familiar with the trailer for "Sci-Fi Movie Theater", a feature documentary in which an actor talks about his favorite sci-fi movie. It's an interesting, entertaining and entertaining, if slightly sickening to watch. This is because there's not a lot of attention paid to the actors. They're simply there to do their jobs. As I watched this, I couldn't help but think that if one has to choose between a director, a cast and a script, these things are more important than anything else. I thought the story was decent, though it was pretty thin. It's not too terribly different from what you're used to seeing in an average Sci-Fi movie. It's hard to tell what was meant to be a joke and what wasn't. There was also a time when I thought I was in trouble, because I felt that there was no real story to tell. That's not to say that there weren't a few things going on. The director told us a little bit of the plot and what the characters were doing, but then again, he only did that for five minutes and that's all. I can't help but feel that this movie would have been better if it had been shorter. I was disappointed that the director spent the bulk of the movie talking about the effects, rather than telling us anything about the actors. I can't help but think that there are much better ways to spend 90 minutes than a director telling us about his movie. As for the cast, I thought it was a good cast. I loved Julianna Moore, who I thought was great in the "Clueless" movies. She's a great actress and deserves all the praise she gets. Jason Lee was great, especially since he seemed to be in every single film I saw this year. Joaquin Phoenix was great. He was perfect for the role, and he was hilarious. I can't say that he was the best actor in this film, but he was the best actor in the film. I don't think that I've ever seen him act so well. I also thought that William H. Macy was funny. His laugh was definitely out of place and kind of jarring. But I think that if he had more lines in this film, he would have made a much better film. And lastly, I thought that the most underrated actor in this film was Justin Timberlake. He was the only one I could see making an impact. Justin was absolutely hilarious. I also thought that the director had a great sense of humor. But there were a few scenes that I thought didn't fit, especially the ending. But I thought that it was a solid film. I was actually kind of disappointed that the director didn't do a lot more with the film. I had heard that he was going to make another film, and that there would be a sequel. I felt that if he had stayed with this, it would have been better. Overall, I think this is a good film. I thought it was good, but I still can't help but think that it could have been better. It was a good documentary, but the director could have done better.

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