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Chuck Berry Hail! Hail! Rock 'n' Roll (1987)

PG  |   |  Documentary, Biography, Music  |  9 October 1987 (USA)
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This documentary covers the concert at the Fox Theatre in St. Louis, Missouri, to celebrate Chuck Berry's sixtieth birthday, and also discusses his life and career.


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Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ingrid Berry ...
Robert Cray ...
Himself - DVD only
Johnnie Johnson ...
Bobby Keys ...
Chuck Leavell ...
Himself (archive footage)


St. Louis, 1986. For Chuck Berry's 60th, Keith Richards assembles a pickup band of Robert Cray, Joey Spampinato, Eric Clapton, himself, and long-time Berry pianist Johnnie Johnson. Joined on stage by Etta James, Linda Ronstadt, and Julian Lennon, Berry performs his classic rock songs. His abilities as a composer, lyricist, singer, musician, and entertainer are on display and, in behind-the-scenes interviews, are discussed by Bo Diddley, Little Richard, Jerry Lee Lewis, Bruce Springstein, the Everly Brothers, Roy Orbison, and others. There's even a rarity for Berry, a rehearsal. Archival footage from the early 1950s and a duet with John Lennon round out this portrait of a master. Written by <>

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The Whole World Knows the Music. Nobody Knows the Man.


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Hail! Hail! Rock 'n' Roll  »

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The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce voted to give Chuck Berry a star on the Hollywood Boulevard Walk of Fame a couple of years before this film was made. The star was never dedicated because nobody was willing to step forward to pay for it. In order to help promote the film, Universal Pictures paid for the star and it was dedicated the same week the film was released. See more »


Chuck Berry: [after they've played I'm Through with Love] Shoulda been a jazz artist, Jack!
Keith Richards: [laughing] No money in it!
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7 June 2002 | by (Missouri) – See all my reviews

If you hear anything bad about this documentary, stop listening. If you don't smile while watching the concert footage, you don't love rock 'n' roll. Betty is a complicated, intelligent, real human being with all the frailties that includes...but he is a generous showman who personifies rock music. If there was any doubt who the father of rock 'n' roll was, with all due respect to the King, there is none after watching this absorbing, if incomplete, biopic about Chuck Berry. Don't rent it - buy it. Today.

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