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Brian Wilson: I Just Wasn't Made for These Times (1995)

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I Just Wasn't Made for These Times is a documentary about the life of Brian Wilson, the musical mastermind and songwriter for the Beach Boys. The film examines the ups and downs of Wilson's... See full summary »


Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 2 nominations. See more awards »
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Credited cast:
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
John Cale ...
Daniel Harrison ...
David Leaf ...
Audree Wilson ...
Herself - Brian's Mother
Himself - Brian's Brother
Herself - Brian's Daughter
Marilyn Wilson ...
Herself - Brian's Ex-Wife
Wendy Wilson ...
Herself - Brian's Daughter


I Just Wasn't Made for These Times is a documentary about the life of Brian Wilson, the musical mastermind and songwriter for the Beach Boys. The film examines the ups and downs of Wilson's life, including the early years of the Beach Boys, his years of substance abuse, and his long road to recovery. The film was directed by music producer Don Was, who also worked on the soundtrack for Backbeat, a film about the early days of the Beatles. Written by Chuck Tomlinson <tomlinso@chemsun.chem.umn.edu>

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27 August 1995 (USA)  »

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$56,744 (USA)

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Closer look at the genius Brian Wilson
20 October 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I don't think a better story of Brian Wilson can be told on a video (Brian might disagree but ....). This is just a great biography of Brian Wilson as himself and a musician. If Louis Armstrong and Duke Ellington are American Bach and Handel, Brian Wilson is the Beethoven, and we're fortunate that we live in an age of video recording that his personal opinion can be seen and heard by everyone. His creative talent is obvious when we listen to his music, but it's even more so when you watch this video. He is generous at given other people like Phil Specter and the Beatles credit for influencing his music, but even so his contributions are unmistakable. Family members and friends adds to the comment about their relationship with Brian which sheds light on his time and life as a Beach Boy. A must see if you're a music fan and fan of Brian Wilson's music.

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