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Flame (1975)

 -  Musical | Drama  -  2004 (USA)
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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

Cast overview, first billed only:
Don Powell ...
Charlie
Jim Lea ...
Paul
Noddy Holder ...
Stoker
Dave Hill ...
Barry
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Robert Seymour
Alan Lake ...
Jack Daniels
Johnny Shannon ...
Ron Harding
Kenneth Colley ...
Tony Devlin
Anthony Allen ...
Russell
Sara Clee ...
Angie
Nina Thomas ...
Julie
Michael Coles ...
Roy Priest
Rosko ...
Himself
Tommy Vance ...
Ricky Storm
John Dicks ...
Lenny
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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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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 »

Quotes

Jack Daniels: [after been given their work schedule] Thanks Mrs. B. Two pubs, four socials and a bloody jacaranda club.
Charlie: Not a bad week though.
Ron Harding's secretary: Not a bad month.
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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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Spinal Tap, but for real
6 July 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is a real slice of 70's. (Slade in) Flame tells the story of a semi mythical band that crawls out of the midlands of England and makes it into the myth of Rock and Roll. I found the album back in my salad days, and finally found the movie on DVD in my washed up years. There are pluses and minuses, as with any real slice of life film. On the plus side, the story of a band that makes it and self destructs really summarizes the mythos of the era, and realistically and sympathetically portrays the pressures and glories of fame. On the negative side, the accents are so thick you really wish there were subtitles. Notionally in English, it's in REAL English, and as an American, it might as well be Swahili.

The flick is full of authentic and believable characters. The small time manager, the pirate DJ, and the hippy dippy groupies all make the film seem as real as your own life. If you've seen Spinal Tap, you'll see more than a handful of scenes - a singer trapped in a coffin, high class and moneyed fops dealing with the low class entertainers, and the horrors of ridiculous costumes and friends knifing friends. If you like Uriah Heep, UFO, or any band who played a festival at Wolverhampton, this id worth the accents. If you think rock and roll is too loud, pass. But this is rock at its most basic. Loud, dirty, and important for the most unimportant reasons possible.


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