Light the Rock n' Roll spark with a Flame in the guise of Dave, Noddy, Jim and Don and their showcase of the rise and demise of rock band Flame. Set in the hardships of North England's ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Don Powell ...
Jim Lea ...
Noddy Holder ...
Dave Hill ...
Robert Seymour
Alan Lake ...
Jack Daniels
Johnny Shannon ...
Ron Harding
Tony Devlin
Anthony Allen ...
Sara Clee ...
Nina Thomas ...
Roy Priest
Rosko ...
Tommy Vance ...
Ricky Storm
John Dicks ...


Light the Rock n' Roll spark with a Flame in the guise of Dave, Noddy, Jim and Don and their showcase of the rise and demise of rock band Flame. Set in the hardships of North England's seventies working class society and music scene. This build-up from rags to riches is a parody of realism and grit, with double-dealings and harsh unforgiving dog eat dog mentalities, and the golden rule; if you play with matches then you're going to get burnt, in the flames of the music industry. Written by Cinema_Fan

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In the cut throat world of the music business you're either a success or dead.


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2004 (USA)  »

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Slade in Flame  »

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As Slade were seen as a "happy-go-lucky" group, this film was to be the slow demise of their career, as the film was seen as too down beat and depressing. The film was just too realistic for their image to sustain. See more »


Jack Daniels: [shouts over the din of a poor drum solo audition] Not your actual Gene Krupa is he?
Barry: Who's she?
Jack Daniels: Before your time.
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At the end of the film black and white stills of each actor are shown with their name. See more »


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Flaming good
19 April 2008 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I watched this film for the first time in around 30 years last night and was amazed at how well it stands up today.It is gritty,funny and has a good storyline.The direction by Richard Loncraine is crisp and the acting is pretty good throughout.

As the band Flame,Noddy,Jimmy,Dave and Don do a fair job as actors.Not Oscar winners but not bad at all.Tom Conti does well in his first major role as the oily manager and Johnny Shannon is convincing as their gangster like first manager.The best performance comes from Alan Lake as Jack.He is very good in every scene he is in and should have received more recognition for this role.

The film moves along at a good pace,never drags and will surprise many people with it's edginess and at times grim reality.I have seen quite a few music based films and this is most definitely right up there with the very best.It is now quite respected and this is deserved.It really should reach a much wider audience as it is a very good attempt at showing that it is not all a bed of roses when you achieve success.The soundtrack is great and there are also a couple of scenes that without a doubt influenced the makers of 'Spinal Tap',see if you can spot them.Well done Slade.They took a big risk by making a movie like this and although their career went downhill afterwards,this is a film they can be very proud of.

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