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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 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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Crazy Credits

At the end of the film black and white stills of each actor are shown with their name. See more »

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Featured in It's Slade (1999) See more »

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Standing the test of time
21 October 2003 | by (Suffolk, England) – See all my reviews

Just obtained this on dvd, with an informative behind the scenes attachment

  • what a bargain @ £7.99.




The film may well be regarded by many as old and therefore irrelevant. That would be a harsh judgement as it does, on a critical re-viewing, stand the test of time. To put it in perspective, Slade were Kings of their day, although this film was made toward the end of their useful life, at the fag end of glam (forget the Reading gig comeback - it was never as good as the first time around in true 70's style). In a nutshell, it is the story of a band "Flame" played by the members of Slade and it documents the transition from irreverent songsters to chart toppers, assisted along by a parasitic agent (aren't they all?) who latches on to them, promotes them as a cash cow and then dispenses with the problem by caving in to a former manager from their amateur days (played brilliantly by Johnny Shannon). The songs from the film are not bad either: "Far Far Away" is still memorable, but all of them are totally eclipsed by the single release "How Does It Feel" - their first in this fame period not to make the top ten. That still stuns me as it is by far the best thing they ever did, and they had plenty of quality to underpin it (Buy "Sladest" or "Old New Borrowed & Blue" - all on CD). Slade in Flame uses the Black Country's darkness (pardon the pun) to its full effect and the story of individual personalities does unfold and develop with credibility - particularly Stoker & Paul. I also agree with Chris Murray re Don Powell - he had a scene down by the canal with an old mate from the foundry, inviting him to a swish recording industry party - that was a good scene and Don Powell did well as he was still recovering from a near death car crash at the time - he had to learn everything moments before it was filmed as he had no memory retention (gladly he fully recovered). Overall, the acting is good, the direction is tight and although the sound is poor (they had to subtitle it in English for the USA release as the accents were so broad) there is a charm to the film. Its a good tale well told.


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