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Mr. Dynamite: The Rise of James Brown (2014)

A look at the music career of musician James Brown beginning with his first hit song, "Please, Please, Please," in 1956.

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Alex Gibney

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Alex Gibney
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Cast overview, first billed only:
James Brown ... Himself (archive footage)
Christian McBride ... Himself
Bobby Byrd Bobby Byrd ... Himself
Greg Tate Greg Tate ... Himself
Louis Jordan ... Himself (archive footage)
Duke Ellington ... Himself (archive footage)
Mick Jagger ... Himself
John Starks ... Himself (as John 'Jabo' Starks)
Eugene 'Bull' Connor Eugene 'Bull' Connor ... Himself (archive footage) (as Bull Connor)
Al Sharpton ... Himself
Martha High Martha High ... Herself
Little Richard ... Himself (archive footage)
Melvin Parker ... Himself
Alan Leeds Alan Leeds ... Himself
Clyde Stubblefield ... Himself
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A look at the music career of musician James Brown beginning with his first hit song, "Please, Please, Please," in 1956.

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Official Sites:

Official site [Japan]

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 June 2016 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Mr. Dynamite See more »

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1.78 : 1
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Soundtracks

Shotgun
Written by Junior Walker (as Audrey DeWalt)
Performed by James Brown
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fine TV doc
13 March 2018 | by SnoopyStyleSee all my reviews

This is a documentary of Soul Brother No 1 by prolific filmmaker Alex Gibney. It follows the soul legend from his difficult childhood in the south to his mustache/jumpsuit decline and its influence in the rise of 80's hip hop. I feared this would be a scrubbed down version of his life. The first half does touch upon his wild side but mostly it attributes it to the world in which he survives. It seems like an easy treatment until the second half painting a fuller picture. While it does not shy away from the violence against women, it doesn't dwell on it either. It also paints him as a man alone unable to trust anyone. He is ruthless with his dealings with money. Essentially, he had no friends, just employees. He grew up in a world of violence and is heavily influenced by it. Although it tells the story, it doesn't really show it. It doesn't enough of his own words and it doesn't hit him as hard as I want. Of course, this has his amazing music. It tackles his politics with which I'm less familiar. I know about Black and Proud but I didn't know about backing Nixon. That's an intriguing part of his bio. This is a well-rounded TV doc of this American music legend.


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