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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 »
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The movie that immortalized the gods of rock 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
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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:
The concert footage is based upon Led Zeppelin's Madison Square Garden Concerts. However, the opening of the film, in what is supposed to be the limousine ride into New York City, is actually the Parkway West in Pittsburgh and ultimately goes through the Pittsburgh Liberty Tunnels before cutting back again to New York City.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: In the sequence where Peter Grant, the band's manager, is pretending to be a 30s gangster, two different vintage cars are used in the same sequence. This is most visible by looking at the hood ornaments.See more »
Quotes:
Himself - Lead Singer:[prior to singing "Stairway to Heaven"] I think this is a song of hope.See more »
Movie Connections:
Edited into Led Zeppelin DVD (2003) (V)See more »
Soundtrack:
Rain SongSee more »

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26 out of 29 people found the following review useful.
The movie that immortalized the gods of rock, 10 January 2000
Author: Michael Duplantier (miked586@hotmail.com) from New Orleans, LA

Led Zeppelin was the paradigm for rock in the 1970s, ushering in a new brand of harder rock that served as a bridge between the first wave of blues influenced british bands in the 60s and the heavy metal that defined the 1980s. The magic created by the legendary foursome - Page, Plant, Jones, and Bonham - engendered hordes of imitators following their breakup in 1980, and whose music, from blues to folk to indian (and let's not forget pure rock), continues to inspire new generations of musicians.

The Song Remains the Same captures the feeling of a real Led Zeppelin concert, deep into their American tour of 1973. That year saw Led Zeppelin at it's most "professional" to date, which, despite not containing the same the youth-inspired looseness and frenziness of a concert from '69, did nevertheless present Led Zeppelin arguably at it's musical peak, with longer, more extended versions of songs like "Dazed and Confused" and "Moby Dick". The concerts were consistently good from that tour, and in my opinion, their Madison Square Garden appearance here, shown in all it's visual glory on the remastered DVD version, is no exception.

Page is captured in a unremitting show of virtuosity in numbers like "Since I've Been Loving You", "Dazed and Confused", and "Stairway to Heaven". This has to be my favorite version of "Since I've Been Loving You" amongst many others I've heard. The experience is almost emotionally moving, and there is one point where a dazzled young female audience member is shown shaking her head in amazement. The whole band seems inspired enough to put on an incredible version of "Stairway to Heaven", including Robert Plant who is not in top form during parts of this performance (relative to usual standards) - no doubt attributable to the exhaustion caused by dozens of previous concerts on almost as many days by the last leg of the tour. The movie still captures Plant's enduring image as a rock icon, with his golden mane and long bluejeans enveloping legs that sway with as much energy of a young Elvis Presley (thank you Chris Welch for that observation).

The DVD transfer itself does not do justice, though, to the singular official video document ever released of the band in concert (aside from documentary compilations). There are some bad volume fluctuations and other audio problems that are clearly noticeable, especially during "Dazed and Confused", that should have been fixed. Also, despite realistic hopes of hearing the songs remastered for a digital surround sound format, Time Warner settled for Dolby Surround Stereo. This of course is quite disappointing considering the number of other DVD titles encoded in Dolby Digital 5.1, and that one would think a movie in this genre would inherently require the greatest sound technology available. Also, as far as extras are concerned, only the original UK film trailer from 1976 are included, which dashes any hopes for newly released footage.

Still, it's a pleasurable experience to witness four of rock's greatest musicians performing some of their most exciting and celebrated pieces while they were at a personal and professional high. The movie is beautiful, presented in a 1.85:1 ratio widescreen format, and watching it on a large screen television is what DVD was made for. Hammer of the Gods!

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