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In the cut throat world of the music business you're either a success or dead.
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... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)
Don Powell ... Charlie
Jim Lea ... Paul
Noddy Holder ... Stoker
Dave Hill ... Barry

Tom Conti ... 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
Barrie Houghton ... Ron
A.J. Brown ... Chairman of the Board
Susan Tebbs ... Judy Seymour
Patrick Connor ... Harold - Charlie's Boss
Anthony Roye ... Sommers
Jimmy Gardner ... Charlie's Dad
Sheila Raynor ... Charlie's Mum
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Reginald Bosanquet ... Himself - Newsreader (uncredited)
Peter Cellier ... Salesman In Car Showroom (uncredited)
Bill Dean ... Club Owner (uncredited)

Laurie Goode ... Photographer (uncredited)
John Steele ... Drummer - Wedding Reception (uncredited)
Irene Sutcliffe ... Reporter (uncredited)

Nigel Terry ... Assistant Disc Jockey (uncredited)
Rosetta Tropea ... Dancer (uncredited)

Directed by
Richard Loncraine 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Andrew Birkin  screenplay
Dave Humphries  additional dialogue

Produced by
Chas Chandler .... executive producer
Gavrik Losey .... producer
John Steele .... executive producer
Original Music by
Noddy Holder 
Jim Lea 
Cinematography by
Peter Hannan 
Film Editing by
Michael Bradsell 
Casting by
Irene Lamb (casting)
Art Direction by
Brian Morris 
Production Management
Garth Thomas .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Roger Simons .... assistant director
Art Department
Milly Burns .... assistant art director
Bill Hearn .... carpenter
John Leuenberger .... property master
Jeff Woodbridge .... construction manager
Sound Department
Ian Fuller .... dubbing editor
Tony Jackson .... sound mixer
Alan O'Duffy .... recording mixer
Stephen Ransley .... sound boom
Bill Rowe .... dubbing mixer
Special Effects by
Malcolm King .... special effects
Camera and Electrical Department
Peter Bloor .... electrician
Roy Rodhouse .... gaffer
John Stanier .... camera operator
Editorial Department
Colin Berwick .... assistant editor
Music Department
Chas Chandler .... music producer
Noddy Holder .... music arranger
Jim Lea .... music arranger
Other crew
Zelda Barron .... continuity
Clinton Cavers .... production assistant
Sally Shewring .... production assistant
Marc Wolff .... helicopter pilot

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Flame" - UK (original title)
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91 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:

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Dave Hill had a double for the sequence where Flame ascend to Radio City, as he disliked heights.See more »
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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Movie Connections:
Featured in It's Slade (1999) (TV)See more »


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5 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
What Cost F(l)ame?, 21 December 2005
Author: Cinema_Fan from An English Shire.

Forming in Wolverhampton, England, in the late sixties and coming from working class background's they originally called themselves The Vendors, after a while changing to Ambrose Slade, and finally to Slade.

The four-piece line up was to be Noddy Holder - Singer, Jim Lea - Bass, Dave Hill - Lead Guitarist and Don Powell - Drums.

Being managed and produced at the height of their career during the early 1970's by Chas Chandler, bass player to the Animals, and founder of Jimi Hendrix. After having several number one hits in England, their next phase in their career were to be the Movies.

For greater realism and to better their research, the band took the writer Andrew Birkin and the films director Richard Loncraine on tour with them to America. During Messer's Loncraine and Birkins tour of duty, they had gathered enough material to help them with their story. In fact, the vast majority of this movie is based on actual incidents that have happened to other Rock 'n Roll band's in their careers.

Released in the English Cinema's in January 1975, this is a dark and truthful translation of the Rock 'n Roll lifestyle. Deliberately shown this way to dispel the myth of the hype and glamour that the Business would want us to believe. Reselling the image as dishonest, disloyal, dirty and dangerous. Flame does a very good job here of testing your own loyalties, to be confronted with home truths that we would rather ignore, show business propaganda confronts a rude awakening.

We have it all here, a band heading from rags to riches, the double-dealing, well-heeled, and well-connected Manager, in the form of Tom Conti, his first movie. The greedy and highly psychotic back street agent, the hard tour that eats away at the bands heart and soul, which has them turning inside out and finally imploding into bitterness and resentment. Saving the best till last, we have the music, this movie has a great soundtrack that do Slade justice, having to write a completely new album to go along with Flame. It contains one of their finest songs to date: Far Far Away, reaching number two in the British charts in 1974.

There is a wonderful bit part by the late British D.J. Tommy Vance (1940 - 2005) as Ricky Storm.

Slade in Flame is not so much a parody but more of a Rock 'n Roll History lesson; it brings home the hardcore realities of the ivory-tower elite and the exploitations of what is Big Business. Showing the naivety of a Rock 'n Roll Band that want fortune and fame, but in the end pay the highest price, themselves.

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