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Velvet Goldmine -- A British newspaper reporter (Christian Bale) investigates the career of a glam rock star (Jonathan Rhys Meyers) and his relationship with an influential American musician (Ewan McGregor).

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Director:
Writers:
James Lyons (story) and
Todd Haynes (story) ...
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Release Date:
16 October 1998 (Sweden) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
The secret to becoming a star is knowing how to behave like one See more »
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
Nominated for Oscar. Another 4 wins & 7 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Stardust Memories See more (309 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Ewan McGregor ... Curt Wild

Jonathan Rhys Meyers ... Brian Slade

Christian Bale ... Arthur Stuart

Toni Collette ... Mandy Slade

Eddie Izzard ... Jerry Devine

Emily Woof ... Shannon

Michael Feast ... Cecil

Janet McTeer ... Female Narrator (voice)
Mairead McKinley ... Wilde Housemaid (as Maraid McKinley)
Luke Morgan Oliver ... Oscar Wilde, 8
Osheen Jones ... Jack Fairy, 7
Micko Westmoreland ... Jack Fairy
Damian Suchet ... BBC Reporter

Danny Nutt ... Kissing Sailor

Wash Westmoreland ... Young Man
Don Fellows ... Lou
Ganiat Kasumu ... Mary
Ray Shell ... Murray

Alastair Cumming ... Tommy Stone
Zoe Boyce ... Girl on the Subway
Jim Whelan ... Mr. Stuart
Sylvia Grant ... Mrs. Stuart
Tim Hans ... Manchester Teacher
Ryan Pope ... Arthur's Brother
Stuart Callaghan ... Boy in Record Shop 1
James Francis ... Boy in Record Shop 2
Callum Hamilton ... Brian Slade, 7
Lindsay Kemp ... Pantomime Dame
Carlos Miranda ... Pianist
Emma Handy ... Mod Girlfriend
Matthew Glamour ... Mimosa
Daniel Adams ... Curt Wild, 13
Bryan Torfeh ... Bartender (as Brian Torfeh)

Joseph Beattie ... Cooper
Sarah Cawood ... Angel
David Hoyle ... Freddi
Winston Austin ... Micky
Ivan Cartwright ... Cecil's Friend 1

Peter King ... Cecil's Friend 2
Justin Salinger ... Rodney
Roger Alborough ... Middle Age Man
Peter Bradley Jr. ... 30's Style Singer
Jonathan Cullen ... Reporter 1
William Key ... Reporter 2
Vincent Marzello ... US Reporter 1

Corey Skaggs ... US Reporter 2
Nathan Osgood ... US Reporter 3
Nadia Williams ... Teenage Girl
Brian Molko ... Malcolm (Flaming Creatures)

Antony Langdon ... Ray (Flaming Creatures)

Xavior ... Pearl (Flaming Creatures)
Steve Hewitt ... Billy (Flaming Creatures)
Guy Leverton ... Trevor (The Venus in Furs)
Vinney Reck ... Reg (The Venus in Furs)
Keith-Lee Castle ... Harley (The Venus in Furs)
Eden Ford ... Bass Guitar (The Wild Ratz) (as Alan Fordham)
Jono McGrath ... Lead Guitar (The Wild Ratz)
Perry Clayton ... Drummer (The Wild Ratz)
Donna Matthews ... Polly Small (Polly Small's Band)
Ritz ... Lead Guitar (Polly Small's Band)
Stefan Olsdal ... Bass Guitar (Polly Small's Band)
Trevor Sharpe ... Drummer (Polly Smalls band)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ralph Morse ... Rhythm Guitarist (uncredited)
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Directed by
Todd Haynes 
 
Writing credits
James Lyons (story) and
Todd Haynes (story)

Todd Haynes (written by)

Produced by
Christopher Ball .... co-executive producer (as Chris J. Ball)
Scott Meek .... executive producer
Sandy Stern .... executive producer
Olivia Stewart .... co-producer
Michael Stipe .... executive producer
William Tyrer .... co-executive producer
Christine Vachon .... producer
Bob Weinstein .... executive producer
Harvey Weinstein .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Carter Burwell 
Craig Wedren 
 
Cinematography by
Maryse Alberti 
 
Film Editing by
James Lyons 
 
Casting by
Susie Figgis 
 
Production Design by
Christopher Hobbs 
 
Art Direction by
Andrew Munro 
 
Costume Design by
Sandy Powell 
 
Makeup Department
Nuala Conway .... crowd makeup artist
Peter King .... hair designer
Peter King .... makeup designer
John Munro .... assistant hair stylist
John Munro .... assistant makeup artist
Kirstie Stanway .... assistant hair stylist
Kirstie Stanway .... assistant makeup artist
Liz Tagg .... assistant hair stylist
Liz Tagg .... assistant makeup artist
 
Production Management
Wendy Broom .... unit manager
Chris Catterall .... executive in charge of production: Zenith
Pamela Koffler .... executive in charge of production: Killer Films
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Phil Booth .... second second assistant director
Andi Brown .... second assistant director
Mark Fenn .... third assistant director
Waldo Roeg .... first assistant director
Jon Williams .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Mark Baldwin .... scenic artist
George Ball .... property master
Graham Caulfield .... drapesmaster
Colin Ellis .... dressing props
Andy Evans .... construction manager
Hugh Fottrell .... stand-by propman
Simon Hague .... scenic artist
Sean Hedges-Quinn .... propmaker
Paul Purdy .... chargehand stand-by props
Amy Beth Silver .... art director: additional photography
Howard Weaver .... scenic artist
 
Sound Department
Ajae Clearway .... assistant sound editor
Steve Finn .... sound assistant
Dan Korintus .... dialogue editor
Peter Lindsay .... sound recordist
Michael Miller .... adr mixer
Michael W. Mitchell .... sound effects editor
David Novack .... sound re-recording mixer
Eliza Paley .... supervising sound editor
Donna Powell .... foley artist
Malcolm Rose .... sound maintenance
Paul P. Soucek .... supervising sound editor
Daniel Ward .... sound editing intern
 
Special Effects by
James McKeown .... special effects technician
Richard Van Den Bergh .... special effects supervisor
Chris Trice .... senior model maker (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
Martin Body .... optical cameraman
Jason Chalmers .... model maker
Eric Person .... digital compositor
Richard Thomas .... model maker
Kitty Veevers .... digital compositor
David Smith .... optical cameraman (uncredited)
John Swinnerton .... motion control cameraman: Peerless Camera Company (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Rob Inch .... stunts
Glenn Marks .... stunts (as Glen Marks)
Rod Woodruff .... stunts (as Roderick Woodruff)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Joe Arcidiacono .... camera operator
Richard Broome .... grip
Terry Eden .... best boy
Danny Espey .... electrician
Simon Finney .... focus puller
Sam Levy .... assistant camera
Zac Nicholson .... clapper loader
Gary Nolan .... lighting technician
Nigel Permane .... assistant camera: model unit
Chris Plevin .... director of photography: second unit
Larry S. Prinz .... gaffer (as Larry Prinz)
Laurie Shane .... gaffer
 
Casting Department
Kate Bryden .... casting assistant
Ali Farrell .... casting associate: USA
Laura Rosenthal .... casting: USA
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Suzanne Barnes .... assistant costume buyer
Lee Clayton .... costume cutter
Lee Clayton .... tailor
Joe Kowalewski .... wardrobe assistant
Debbie Scott .... assistant costume designer
Sunita Singh .... costume assistant
Clare Spragge .... costume supervisor
 
Editorial Department
Regan Avery .... apprentice editor
Brad Katz .... Avid effects
Myron I. Kerstein .... assistant editor
Mia Lee .... apprentice editor
Lynn True .... post-production assistant
Shelly Westerman .... assistant film editor
 
Music Department
Jim Dunbar .... music maven
Todd Kasow .... music editor
Annette Kudrak .... music editor
Tristin Norwell .... music recordist
Randall Poster .... music supervisor
 
Other crew
Lea Anderson .... choreographer
René Brar .... production assistant
John Eccleston .... assistant accountant
Daniel Falcone .... research intern
Angela Frye .... voice looping
Ryan Green .... production assistant
Neil Hobbs .... research intern
Tamiz J. Kanji .... production assistant
Rachel Kittner .... assistant film conformist
Sheryl Leonardo .... production accountant
Wendy Lilly .... production coordinator
June McDonald .... script supervisor
Gina Meyers .... production staff
John Nixon .... dog handler
Tristan Parker .... stand-in
David Pinnington .... location manager
Tracy Rowe .... assistant production executive: Zenith
Jonathan Scott .... stand-in
Bradford Simpson .... assistant production executive: Killer Films
David Torn .... solo guitar & textures
Jane Trower .... first assistant accountant
Romany Turner .... assistant to director and producer
Wash Westmoreland .... stand-in
Karrie Melendrez .... story analyst (uncredited)
Derek Yip .... production assistant: development (uncredited)
 
Thanks
Brian A. Kates .... special thanks
Jack Lechner .... special thanks
Oren Moverman .... special thanks
Lauren Zalaznick .... special thanks
 

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MPAA:
Rated R for strong sexual content, nudity, language and drug use
Runtime:
124 min
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Color:
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Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
Argentina:18 | Australia:MA | Canada:14A (Alberta/British Columbia) | Canada:R (Manitoba/Ontario) | Canada:14 (Nova Scotia) | Canada:13+ (Quebec) | Chile:18 | Finland:K-12 | France:U | Germany:12 | Iceland:14 (original rating) | Iceland:16 (video rating) | New Zealand:R16 | Peru:18 | Portugal:M/16 | South Korea:18 | Spain:13 | Sweden:11 | Switzerland:16 (canton of Geneva) | Switzerland:16 (canton of Vaud) | UK:18 (original rating) | UK:15 (video rating) (1999) | USA:R

Did You Know?

Trivia:
Jonathan Rhys Meyers and Ewan McGregor sang their own songs in the movie. (Some of Rhys Meyers's songs were overdubbed by Radiohead lead singer Thom Yorke.)See more »
Goofs:
Anachronisms: When Maxwell Demon gets shot in 1974, the bass player is holding a Gibson Thunderbird centennial reissue, a bass that didn't come out until 1976.See more »
Quotes:
Mandy:"You live in terror of not being misunderstood.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in The Hole (2003) (V)See more »
Soundtrack:
Virginia PlainSee more »

FAQ

What does Brian mouth to Curt in the recording studio that makes Curt so angry?
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85 out of 106 people found the following review useful.
Stardust Memories, 3 June 1999
Author: great_sphinx_42 from The Poppy Field, OZ 69666

I don't think I've ever seen a movie that has polarized people as much as this one, or at least very few. Some people have put down every single thing about it. As for me, when my roommate (who had already seen it) asked me what I'd thought of it I replied in all honesty, "I loved every single frame of it." She concurred, and we've both seen it again since. I plan to buy it as soon as I can find it for sale. It's heavy on metaphors, which seems to have annoyed a lot of people. As for it's structural resemblance to 'Citizen Kane', that was one of the points. Glam rock was in part about copying others for copying's sake, like Brian Slade copied from Curt Wild, and everyone copied from Jack Fairy. The performances are all great. Some may nitpick about how the characters were portrayed, but I think they were all apt. Ewan McGregor has gotten plenty of slobbering, ecstatic praise from me in the past, and this only encouraged the worship. Toni Collette, so mired in ugly duckling roles since 'Muriel's Wedding', is wonderful, as is Christian Bale's brittle, disillusioned reporter role. Jonathan Rhys-Meyers is, as Brian Slade, a glittering void, as cloaked in mystery at the end as he was at the beginning. Some of have criticized his role, but I think he did it just right, with a grand coldness. One believes that only such a creature could be the idol of an era that was, in the end, about glittering emotional voids and icy hipness. Why did he do what he did? We never know. That's one of the best parts. (I must embarrass myself here by noting, also, that Rhys-Meyers is so shockingly beautiful it's disgusting, like eating too much honey. Kinda makes you wanna puke on his shoes, doesn't it?) I suppose that not everyone can be expected to love this movie as much as I did, but I'm still a little surprised at some of the venom that's been spit at it. Then again, it is a truly enigmatic film, delicious for those who can appreciate a glorious feast of sight and sound, but just plain confusing and annoying for those who lack the imagination to appreciate it.

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