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Velvet Goldmine (1998)

R | | Drama, Music | 23 October 1998 (UK)
In 1984, British journalist Arthur Stuart investigates the career of 1970s glam superstar Brian Slade, who was heavily influenced in his early years by hard-living and rebellious American singer Curt Wild.

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1971: Glamrock explodes all over the world and challenges the seriousness within the flower power generation by means of glitter and brutal music. Brian Slade, a young rock star, inspires numerous teenage boys and girls to paint their nails and explore their own sexuality. In the end Slade destroys himself. Unable to escape the character role of "Maxwell Demon" that he created, he plots his own murder. When fans discover the murder is not real, his star falls abruptly and he is quickly forgotten about. 1984: Arthur, a journalist working for a New York newspaper, gets assigned the tenth anniversary story about the fake murder of Brian Slade. When Arthur was young and growing up in Manchester, he was more than a fan of Slade. Reluctantly he accepts the assignment and starts to investigate what happened to his old glamrock hero. Written by Jack Fairy

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Rated R for strong sexual content, nudity, language and drug use | See all certifications »

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23 October 1998 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Bálványrock - Velvet Goldmine  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

£156,050 (UK) (23 October 1998)

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$1,043,487 (USA) (11 December 1998)
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The young man who says, "Mr. BBC," is played by Wash Westmoreland, brother of Micko Westmoreland, who plays Jack Fairy. See more »

Goofs

During the circus interview (1:05:14), a reporter asks "Is it your belief that all dandies are homosexual?" to which Brian Slade replies, "Nothing makes one so vain as being told one is a sinner." When the next day's newspaper is shown (1:07:42), Slade is quoted as saying "Nothing makes one so bold as being told one is a sinner." See more »

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Cecil: [talking about Brian] He was... elegance walking arm in arm with a lie.
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References Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars (1973) See more »

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Tumbling Down
Written by Steve Harley
Performed by The Venus in Furs
Vocal by Jonathan Rhys Meyers
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the glitter of Velvet Goldmine
20 March 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

There is something about this movie that entrances people. Its about the death of Glam Rock, and even though this is a weird premise the stories of how one person changed the lives of many beautiful people without even being aware of it is mesmerizing...on top of that you get a guilty pleasure out of all the make-up, sex, and extremely bizarre music. In this David Bowiesque film, there's romance, music, Oscar Wilde, aliens, and Ewan McGregor with an American accent. I own it, love it, and play the soundtrack in my car without any inhibitions. Christian Bale is a journalist attempting to figure out where his once-upon-a-time hero/rock-star Brian Slade (Meyers) disappeared after a fake death ten years prior. During his search he encounters an old lover of Slade's who weaves the story of the singer's beginnings, and Brian's American ex-wife who remembers of his bitter end. All of this is summed up with Curt Wild (Mcgregor)This movie claims to be about Brian Slade, but it's about the people he left in his wake.


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