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Writer:
Peter Clifton (writer)
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Release Date:
20 October 1976 (USA) See more »
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In Concert And Beyond
Plot:
A Led Zeppelin concert filmed in Madison Square Garden, New York. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
User Reviews:
Though the film got me addicted to their music, You definitely have to have already been a zeppelin fan to really get into this movie. See more (87 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)
John Bonham ... Himself - Drummer (as Led Zeppelin)
John Paul Jones ... Himself - Bassist & Keyboardist (as Led Zeppelin)

Jimmy Page ... Himself - Guitarist

Robert Plant ... Himself - Lead Singer (as Led Zeppelin)
Peter Grant ... Himself - Band Manager
Richard Cole ... Himself
Derek Skilton ... Himself
Colin Rigdon ... Himself
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Led Zeppelin
Jason Bonham ... Himself (uncredited)
Mick Bonham ... Himself (uncredited)
Patricia Bonham ... Herself (uncredited)
Gloria Grant ... Herself (uncredited)
Roy Harper ... Himself (uncredited)
Jacinda Jones ... Herself (uncredited)
Maureen Jones ... Herself (uncredited)
Tamara Jones ... Herself (uncredited)
Charlotte Martin ... Herself (uncredited)
Claire Massot ... Maiden on horseback with sword (uncredited)
Scarlet Page ... Herself (uncredited)
Virginia Parker ... Castle maiden (uncredited)
Carmen Plant ... Herself (uncredited)
Karac Plant ... Himself (uncredited)
Maureen Plant ... Herself (uncredited)
Steven Weiss ... Himself (uncredited)
Shirley Wilson ... Herself (uncredited)

Directed by
Peter Clifton 
Joe Massot 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Peter Clifton  writer

Produced by
Peter Grant .... executive producer
 
Cinematography by
Ernest Day (director of photography) (as Ernie Day)
Phil Parmet (uncredited)
 
Film Editing by
Humphrey Dixon 
 
Makeup Department
Colin Arthur .... makeup effects artist
Jim Gillespie .... key makeup artist (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
John Lundsten .... sound recordist
Garth Marshall .... production sound
Jimmy Page .... sound producer
Jimmy Page .... sound supervisor
 
Special Effects by
Ian Knight .... special effects consultant
Kirby Wyatt .... special effects consultant
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Keith Blake .... focus puller
Ian Knight .... lighting consultant
Kirby Wyatt .... lighting consultant
 
Editorial Department
Peter Clifton .... director of editing
 
Music Department
Eddie Kramer .... music engineer: live performances
Jimmy Page .... music mixer: live performances
 
Other crew
Richard Cole .... tour manager: Led Zeppelin
Brian Condliffe .... personal technician: Led Zeppelin
Renée Glynne .... continuity
Mick Hinton .... personal technician: Led Zeppelin
Benji Le Fevre .... personal technician: Led Zeppelin
Ray Thomas .... personal technician: Led Zeppelin
Steven Weiss .... shoot trouble
 

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Runtime:
137 min
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Color (Eastmancolor) | Black and White
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
4-Track Stereo (magnetic prints) | 4-Track Stereo (with Dolby noise reduction) | Mono
Certification:
Australia:PG | Australia:M (DVD rating) | Finland:K-12 (uncut) (1991) | Finland:K-8 (heavily cut) (1977) | Netherlands:AL (DVD rating) | Singapore:PG | Sweden:11 | UK:15 | USA:PG
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Trivia:
Peter Clifton, recognizing that there were crucial holes in the concert footage, suggested that the entire show be recreated at Shepperton Studios in August 1974, on a mock-up of the Madison Square Garden stage. Close-ups and distance footage of the band members could then be slipped into the live sequences, which made up part of the concert footage seen in the film. When it was agreed that the band would meet at Shepperton Studios for filming, John Paul Jones had recently had his hair cut short, so he had to wear a wig. Robert Plant's teeth had also been fixed between the 1973 and 1974 filming's.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: 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:
Himself - Lead Singer:[prior to singing "Stairway to Heaven"] I think this is a song of hope.See more »
Movie Connections:
References A Warm December (1973)See more »
Soundtrack:
Autumn LakeSee more »

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13 out of 15 people found the following review useful.
Though the film got me addicted to their music, You definitely have to have already been a zeppelin fan to really get into this movie., 3 April 2005
Author: fox2mike from San Diego

I mean that when I say it, but nevertheless, it was actually this movie that lit the Led Zeppelin spark within me and, thanks to my roommate and music sharing, I downloaded the whole anthology and the rest is history.

Back to my original comment. I am obsessed with this movie for the same reason I am obsessed with the music of Zeppelin in general, because after giving it time to grow on me and develop a taste for it, the movie became addicting to watch. I have now watched it so many times that I have learned to appreciate the purpose of the fantasy clips, the placement of the songs on the DVD, and why they all tie together the way they do.

I do agree with those who believe that skipping the shootout in the beginning is the right thing to do. The country life sequence, however, provides tremendous insight into each of the band members and completes the picture of the ordinary human side as well as the psychedelic band member side. Robert Plant shares a peaceful moment with his wife and skinny-dipping children. John Bonham plows his fields. John Paul Jones reads Jack and the Beanstalk to his children. And finally Jimmy Page sits quietly by a lake and plays a hurdy-gurdy.

Coming into the concert, one already has the vision of the four men as normal people in the back of their minds, not just eccentric, wild rockers, so the viewer is not alienated from the band as they launch into their classic tunes with barely time to catch a breath in between. Augmented by the music, the viewer dives deeper into the minds of the band members with an emotionally profound vigor.

The roller coaster ride extends from the "in-your-face" blues of Since I've Been Loving You to the dark edginess of No Quarter, from the whimsical strangeness of The Song Remains The Same to the beautiful stateliness of the Rain Song. Played in a different key, the Rain Song has the same amount of power and energy as its counterpart on the Houses of the Holy LP, but this live version delivers with a more triumphant, confident, and splendid statement than the reflective, oft melancholy LP take. As the song builds towards its rapturous (and victorious for Robert Plant) climax, the tone of the concert and DVD reaches it height. Then, in a stark contrast, the viewer then must sadly leave the sojourn in paradise and descend into the uneasy, convoluted maze of Dazed and Confused. Just when the viewer seems convinced that his descent has led him to hell as the song reaches the 26 minute mark, his reward for his own Zeppelin "endurance" is despite paradise being lost, finding heaven quite literally and being treated to the timeless Stairway to Heaven.

The fantasy scenes take the longest to grow on the viewer, but, with time, augment the music and vice versa. It is then that the film begins to resemble "Fantasia," only with Led Zeppelin music. This is particularly true of the bow solo in the middle of Dazed and Confused, because it eerily echos the equally long, convoluted, and edgy strains of Stravinsky's Rite of Spring, but punctuated visually with the youthening of Jimmy Page as opposed to the aging of the early planet Earth.

That is the kind of appreciation I have for this movie, and although Led Zeppelin is by no means perfect in this movie, the viewer can come to respect that because they have that picture of them as ordinary men already in their mind. I believe this movie is overall genius and the most accurate canvas painting of all aspects of the four musical geniuses known as Led Zeppelin we possess.

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