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27 August 1995 (USA) See more »
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... See more » | Add synopsis »
Nominated for Primetime Emmy. Another 2 nominations See more »
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  (in credits order)

Brian Wilson ... Himself
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
John Cale ... Himself

David Crosby ... Himself
Daniel Harrison ... Himself
David Leaf ... Himself

Graham Nash ... Himself
Audree Wilson ... Herself - Brian's Mother
Carl Wilson ... Himself - Brian's Brother

Carnie Wilson ... Herself - Brian's Daughter
Marilyn Wilson ... Herself - Brian's Ex-Wife
Wendy Wilson ... Herself - Brian's Daughter

Directed by
Don Was 
Produced by
Skot Bright .... supervising producer
Jonathon Ker .... executive producer
Ken Kushnick .... producer
Anne-Marie Mackay .... executive producer
David Passick .... producer
Larry Shapiro .... producer
Don Was .... producer
Cinematography by
Wyatt Troll 
Film Editing by
Helen Lowe 
Production Management
Tony Shiff .... executive in charge of production
Sound Department
Bruce Greenspan .... sound editor
Camera and Electrical Department
David Devlin .... lighting director
Gino Nix .... key grip
Bill Tricarico .... dolly grip
Editorial Department
Paul Heiman .... assistant editor
Other crew
Alan Caudillo .... production coordinator
Jonathan Dana .... producer's representative
Michael Charles Hill .... distribution and marketing coordinator

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70 min
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6 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
Brilliant, gut-wrenching look at a musical genius, 31 March 1999
Author: Doctor_Bombay from Lucas Buck, NC

I missed the Beach Boys when they hit big the first time around, but was introduced to the double LP, 'Endless Summer' that recharged their careers. Now they've gone through however many different incarnations, and Brian Wilson has been tabloid fodder many times over the past 10 years or so.

Famed music-producer Don Was decided it was his honor to pay tribute to a man who, indeed, was a musical genius, a man who's artistry influenced so, so many, both in the music business, and beyond.

In different ways, Keith Richards, through 'Hail, Hail, Rock and Roll' (the life of Chuck Berry), and Bruce Springsteen, with his 'Roy Orbison, A Black and White Night' made wonderful, lasting tributes to men who's musical contributions were cornerstone to a generation. After watching this film, I find Brian Wilson no less deserving.

The film is honest and fairly raw. There are many generous tributes from incredible stars, as well as recounts from family and friends. The framework is Wilson himself, telling his story, and this, of course is many times difficult to watch just due to the deterioration Wilson has experienced over his life. He seems lucid, and his memory is strong, but he struggles with speech and his focus is not real sharp at times.

It's a wonderful tribute, lovingly crafted. Music buffs and documentary hounds should lap this one up.

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