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Led Zeppelin: The Song Remains the Same (1976)

The Song Remains the Same (original title)
A documentary of a Led Zeppelin tour mixed with live concert footage, a unique fantasy, and interviews with those involved with the band.



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Credited cast:
John Bonham ...
Himself - Drummer (as Led Zeppelin)
John Paul Jones ...
Himself - Bassist & Keyboardist (as Led Zeppelin)
Himself - Guitarist (as Led Zeppelin)
Himself - Lead Singer (as Led Zeppelin)
Peter Grant ...
Himself - Band Manager
Richard Cole ...
Derek Skilton ...
Colin Rigdon ...
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:


The members of Led Zeppelin are called back from vacation by manager Peter Grant to play Madison Square Garden. The film is enhanced by each of the band member's personal fantasies (hallucinations?), such as the opening scene (which is awfully confusing the first time around) in which Peter Grant, dressed in a 1930s black gangster suit drives a 1930s black Ford to a house and blasts everyone with a machine gun. Written by Michael Silva <silvamd@cleo.bc.edu>

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Release Date:

20 October 1976 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

La canción es la misma  »

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Sound Mix:

(magnetic prints)| (with Dolby noise reduction)|



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The 2007 CD re-issue of this film's soundtrack includes a full performance of "Heartbreaker", of which only small segments are included in the actual movie. See more »


Throughout the movie, Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones have different outfits on. However, this is because the movie was filmed when the band played Madison Square Garden 3 nights in a row in 1973, and both Jimmy and John Paul didn't want to wear the same outfits. Small portions of songs were also filmed in 1974 at Shepperton Studios because of missing pieces of songs. See more »


Robert Plant - Lead Singer: [prior to singing "Stairway to Heaven"] I think this is a song of hope.
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Crazy Credits

"Stairway to Heaven" is played in its entirely, resulting in several minutes of blackness after the credits have finished rolling as the music continues See more »


Referenced in This Is Spinal Tap (1984) See more »


Whole Lotta Love
Written by Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, John Paul Jones, and John Bonham
Performed by Led Zeppelin
Music Published by Superhype Music, Inc.
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First watch the movie, then listen to the EP, you decide
6 February 2002 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Led Zeppelin gives puzzlement with The Song Remains the Same by adding footage in between the concert videos of documentary footage and insights into the groups' minds. The documentary footage is more normal and not bothersome, unlike the fantasy footage which seemed to me when I first saw it like different members' hallucinations. Interesting, maybe, but why intersect with concert footage?

It is in the concert footage the film does it's best, however, by giving Zeppelin fans (and possibly even non-Zeppelin fans) a treat of a motion picture with some of their best played and famous songs- The film's title song (my favorite of the concert), No Quarter (2nd), Stairway to Heaven (still awesome the 100th time you've heard it), Moby Dick (to anybody wanting to learn how to play good rock drumming), Dazed and Confused, extended 20 minutes longer than usual by the way, among others. Rock fans in general should also take a look, or possibly just watch the scenes on DVD that make more sense. My Grade: A-

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