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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?


Some unused backstage shots filmed at Baltimore and at Pittsburgh later found their way into the promotional video for "Travelling Riverside Blues", released in 1990 See more »


When the band is playing Whole Lotta Love, when Jimmy Page finishes the solo and starts on the main riff again, he has the red Led Paul, but when the camera changes angles he is playing the Sunburst model. 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 True Dreams (2002) See more »


No Quarter
Written by Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, and John Paul Jones
Performed by Led Zeppelin
Music Published by Superhype Music, Inc.
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3 words... "Living F---ing Legends"
7 July 2001 | by (Detroit) – See all my reviews

My subject is more of a commentary on the band, not the movie. I'm not really a "Led Head". I didn't discover them until the late 80's. I just wish I was born 10 years earlier so I could have experienced them (and other great 70's bands) first hand.

I was 6 when this movie was released and didn't get into the concert scene until rock was in "spin-off mode" (The Firm, Plant, Dio, Ozzy, etc.). But still... This movie is a PERFECT snap shot of the 70's concert scene... Jimmy (Page) with his cosmic pants and girls with neon blue eye shadow.

The movie isn't that great if you're looking at it as a technical piece (direction, cinematography, etc.). But it excels at helping us remember what that period was like. Again, a 14 year old Britany fan will NEVER understand it. It's for those of us who were a part of that dynasty. It's "Classic Rock Video". You watch it... and remember what it was like in the "good old days".

I'm still amazed at how these guys were gods in the music industry. Talk about leaving your mark. They defined a generation and changed the lives of millions, just as The Beatles did a decade before. This kind of fame will never happen again (in corporate America). Do InSync fan's think the same way as we thought about The Beatles and Led Zeppelin? :)

Again, this movie wasn't great (technically), but if you were even remotely a part of this era, it's a must see. I gave it a 7/10 just because I get chills thinking about how these guys were living legends and it seemed like they knew how to handle it.

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