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Velvet Goldmine (1998)

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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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The secret to becoming a star is knowing how to behave like one See more »

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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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Ewan McGregor's wife, Eve Mavrakis, worked on Christian Bale's breakthrough film, Empire of the Sun (1987). 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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Mandy Slade: I needn't mention how essential dreaming is to the character of the rock star.
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References Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars (1973) See more »

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Bitter's End
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Performed by Paul Kimble
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One of my favourite films of all time
17 July 2008 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I almost didn't want to comment, because I simply cannot match some of the wonderfully eloquent things that have already been said about this film, however, because it is an all time favourite of mine, I simply cannot resist.

How anyone can not like this film is beyond me, I have read a lot of reviews of this film, both positive and negative and the negative points people have made I couldn't disagree more with. The film isn't about Iggy Pop and David Bowie, it isn't even about two gay men, its about two people who are falling in love at the most inopportune and exploitable moments of their lives.

The characters aren't just engaging, they are addictive, the plot isn't just compelling, it's spellbinding. The acting cannot be faulted, the casting is perfect and the soundtrack is one that I have barely gone a week without listening to in the last ten years.

After badgering him for the last five years or so, I finally convinced a friend to watch this film. At the end I asked him what he thought and he just looked quite pensive for a moment and then turned to me and said: I wish I had watched this film years ago when you first told me about it.

I don't allow myself to watch it often, even though I own 3 copies of it, I save it for special occasions when I want to be completely glued to my TV screen. If you have never seen the film, I urge you to watch it this minute and allow it to become deep-set in your heart. If you have seen the film and didn't find it as wonderful as I do, then I actually, genuinely feel physically sorry for you, that you are unable to enjoy this cinematic masterpiece.


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