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The Song Remains the Same (1976)

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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Himself - Lead Singer (as Led Zeppelin)
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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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20 October 1976 (USA)  »

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La canción es la misma  »

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

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Trivia

Jimmy Page's scene was filmed in the Scottish Highlands behind his house previously owned by Aleister Crowley, on the shore's of Loch Ness in Scotland. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

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 »

Connections

Featured in CBS This Morning: Episode #1.250 (2012) See more »

Soundtracks

Moby Dick
Written by Jimmy Page, John Paul Jones, and John Bonham
Performed by Led Zeppelin
Music Published by Superhype Music, Inc.
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Music from another Millinium- Zeppellinium that is !!
30 July 2004 | by See all my reviews

I first saw this movie on the big screen when it was released in Australia back in 1976 and many times thereafter. At that time I was a huge fan but it wasn't until I bought the DVD about 3 years ago that I really had forgotten how good these guys really were. Firstly let me say that I have read many of the other comments by IMDb users and found there to be an interesting mix of likes and dislikes. When judging this film one has to remember that this was made at a time when there was no such technology as there is today. Nor was it intentionally meant for the home theatre market, then only someone's pipedream if that! There was no overdubbing later back at the studio. There wasn't 45 cameras focused on every limb of John Bonham's performance of Moby Dick. There weren't big screens beside the stage for the band to see themselves. There wasn't a huge stage production or 76 piece philharmonic orchestra to back them up. This was raw performance and captured on the road as it was. This is a time capsule of 4 great music virtuosos in their own right who, when put on a stage together, created an electricity that was bigger than the individuals themselves. Who cares if Jimmy dropped a note or 2. What great musician hasn't? For those who want note perfect music, buy the original CD's. If you want to experience music from another time (and this really is a time capsule), this has captured how it was complete with all the psycadelic rock and emotion from that era. Plant was never better in this performance of Stairway To Heaven and this would stand alongside and above many other timeless rock anthems of a later era. Many of today's drummers still hold Bonzo as one of the all time great drummers and marvel at his tempo changes. Today's guitarists are still learning many riffs from both Page and Jonesy. For me the highlight of this movie is the movie itself. To dissect it would only serve to those who want to criticise it in the first place. I was never fortunate enough to see these guys live but played loud on a 5.1 Surround Sound System is as close as you will get to a live concert. Truly a magnificent show and stands alongside my other pride of place DVD-Led Zeppelin, How The West Was Won.


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