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9 October 1987 (USA) See more »
The Whole World Knows the Music. Nobody Knows the Man.
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Chuck Berry ... Himself
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ingrid Berry ... Herself

Eric Clapton ... Himself
Robert Cray ... Himself

Bo Diddley ... Himself

Ahmet Ertegun ... Himself - DVD only

Don Everly ... Himself

Phil Everly ... Himself

Etta James ... Herself
Johnnie Johnson ... Himself

Steve Jordan ... Himself
Bobby Keys ... Himself
Chuck Leavell ... Himself

John Lennon ... Himself (archive footage)

Julian Lennon ... Himself

Jerry Lee Lewis ... Himself - DVD only

Little Richard ... Himself

Roy Orbison ... Himself - DVD only

Keith Richards ... Himself

Robbie Robertson ... Himself - DVD only
Linda Ronstadt ... Herself
Joey Spampinato ... Himself - Bass Player (Bass Player)

Bruce Springsteen ... Himself
Mark Hale ... Dancer (uncredited)

Directed by
Taylor Hackford 
Produced by
Stephanie Bennett .... producer
Chuck Berry .... producer
George T. Nierenberg .... associate producer: second unit
Jane Rose .... associate producer
Albert Spevak .... associate producer
Cinematography by
Oliver Stapleton 
Film Editing by
Lisa Day 
Set Decoration by
Rosemary Brandenburg 
Makeup Department
Thelma Smith .... makeup artist
Lucy Williamson .... makeup artist
Production Management
Thomas D. Adelman .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
K.C. Colwell .... second assistant director
Beau Marks .... first assistant director
Art Department
Kim Colefax .... concert production designer
Tom Randol .... assistant to production designer
Cricket Vandover .... props assistant (as Dana Vandover)
Todd E. Weisman .... leadman
Sound Department
Ronald G. Cogswell .... documentary sound mixer
Ronald G. Cogswell .... sound mixer
Ronald G. Cogswell .... sound: documentary
Doreen A. Dixon .... adr editor
Michael Frondelli .... concert recordist
Phil Gitomer .... remote sound
David W. Gray .... dolby sound consultant
William Hooper .... sound editor: dialogue
John Keating .... sound transfer
Mike Kelley .... mixer
Rick Kline .... re-recording mixer
Fritz Lang .... remote sound
Larry Mann .... supervising sound effects editor
J.B. Matteotti .... remote sound
Michael Mekjian .... boom operator (as Michael Mexjian)
Karen Minahan .... sound effects editor
Donald O. Mitchell .... re-recording mixer
Kevin O'Connell .... re-recording mixer
Roger Phenix .... sound mixer: second unit
Dave Reynolds .... house sound (as Dave 'Snake' Reynolds)
Robert Schaper .... mixing engineer
Bill Winn .... mixing engineer
David Hewitt .... audio truck engineer (uncredited)
Jack Keller .... sound recordist (uncredited)
John Vincent .... sound mixer (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Victor Abbene .... louma grip
Audie Aragon .... best boy grip
Jerry Chan .... camera supervisor
Sam Cherrof .... video assistant
Joan Churchill .... camera operator: concert
Steve Cogswell .... video assistant
Stephen C. Confer .... camera operator: concert
Alicia Craft .... second assistant camera
Paul Ferrara .... key grip
Eric Fletcher .... assistant camera
Duncan Forbes .... first assistant camera
Dana Gonzales .... assistant camera
Bryan Greenberg .... camera operator: concert sequence
Bryan Greenberg .... camera operator: concert
Philip Holahan .... camera operator: concert
David Hulsey .... electrician
Bill Klages .... lighting designer: concert lighting
Edward Lachman .... camera operator: documentary (as Ed Lachman)
Edward Lachman .... director of photography: concert footage
Larry McConkey .... steadicam
David Michels .... louma grip
Chris Moseley .... second assistant camera
Christine Porter .... gaffer
Christopher Porter .... gaffer
Bradford Ralston .... video assistant
Rick Robertson .... camera operator: concert
Frank Ruttencutter .... camera operator: concert
Gary Stark .... second grip
Gary H. Swink .... best boy
Jeffery J. Tufano .... assistant camera
Philip Alan Waters .... additional camera operator
Philip Alan Waters .... camera operator: concert
Lou Weinert .... camera loader
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Dewey Perrigo .... wardrobe supervisor
Editorial Department
Nathan Adams .... on-line editor (special edition re-release)
Raúl Dávalos .... assistant editor
Jessica Gallavan .... assistant editor
Jill Goularte .... apprentice editor
Paul Justman .... additional editing
Fred Peterson .... assistant editor (as Frederick Peterson)
H. Lee Peterson .... assistant editor
Dave Pultz .... color timer (as David Pultz)
Ralph O. Sepulveda Jr. .... first assistant editor
Karen I. Stern .... first assistant editor
Joe Faissal .... colorist (special edition) (uncredited)
Music Department
Carlton Kaller .... music editor
Keith Richards .... music producer
Curt Sobel .... supervising music editor
Transportation Department
Jeffrey Spica .... production driver
Other crew
Mike Kelley .... stage manager
Jerri Lauridsen .... production coordinator
Sandy McLeod .... script supervisor
Scott Richardson .... creative consultant
Robbie Robertson .... creative consultant
Ronnie Smith .... operational support
Daniel Wheatcroft .... studio executive
Bill Winn .... engineer
William Youdelman .... coordinator

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120 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Did You Know?

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 »
Keith Richards:He gave me more headaches than Mick Jagger, but I still can't dislike him.See more »
Movie Connections:
Featured in Kings of Rock 'n' Roll (2008) (TV)See more »


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11 out of 12 people found the following review useful.
What you see is what you get!, 7 June 2002
Author: bndalton from Missouri

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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