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Mayor of the Sunset Strip -- A look at the history of fame in the world through the eyes of pop star impresario, Rodney Bingenheimer
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26 March 2004 (USA) See more »
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You Should Have Been There ... See more »
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Cast

  (in credits order)

Rodney Bingenheimer ... Himself (also archive footage)

Exene Cervenka ... Herself

John Doe ... Himself
X. ... Themselves (as X)
Chris P. Carter ... Himself - Dramarama (as Chris Carter)

Courtney Love ... Herself - Hole

Gwen Stefani ... Herself - No Doubt

Brooke Shields ... Herself
Kim Fowley ... Himself - Record Producer

Brian Wilson ... Himself - The Beach Boys

Alice Cooper ... Himself (also archive footage)

Michael Des Barres ... Himself - Silverhead
Pamela Des Barres ... Herself - Author, 'I'm With the Band'
Monique Powell ... Herself

Keanu Reeves ... Himself

Deborah Harry ... Herself

George Hickenlooper ... Himself
Liam Gallagher ... Himself

Nancy Sinatra ... Herself

Mackenzie Phillips ... Herself - Actress (as MacKenzie Phillips)

Neil Young ... Himself

George Wendt ... Himself

Pete Townshend ... Himself

Beck ... Himself
Joey Ramone ... Himself (archive footage)

Ray Manzarek ... Himself - The Doors

Green Day ... Themselves

Rob Zombie ... Himself

Noel Gallagher ... Himself
Jed 'The Fish' Gould ... Himself - KROQ DJ (as Jed the Fish)
Danny Sugerman ... Himself (as Danny Sugarman)
Bing Bingenheimer ... Himself - Father
Zelda Bingenheimer ... Herself - Stepmother
Sharon McDonald ... Herself - Stepsister
Camille Chancery ... Herself - Friend

David Bowie ... Himself
John Peterson ... Himself

Neve Campbell ... Herself

Sarah Michelle Gellar ... Herself
Ronald Vaughan ... Himself - Friend / Isadore Ivy:Spaceman-at-Large
Leo Braudy ... Himself

Sonny Bono ... Himself (archive footage)
Suzanne Jenkins ... Herself - Childhood Friend
Bobby George ... Himself - Childhood Friend
Steve Jenkins ... Himself - Childhood Friend
Domenic Priore ... Himself - Author, 'Riot on the Sunset Strip' (as Dominic Priore)
The Mamas and the Papas ... Themselves (archive footage)

Davy Jones ... Himself - The Monkees (also archive footage)
The Monkees ... Themselves (archive footage)

Jerry Lee Lewis ... Himself (archive footage)
The Four Seasons ... Themselves (archive footage)

Mick Jagger ... Himself - The Rolling Stones
Miss Mercy ... Herself - The GTOs
The GTOS ... Themselves (as The GTOs)
The Doors ... Themselves

John Lennon ... Himself (archive footage)
Linda Ronstadt ... Herself (archive footage)

Johnny Marr ... Himself - The Smiths

Liza Kumjian-Smith ... Herself

Joan Jett ... Herself
Lance Loud ... Himself

David Johansen ... Himself - New York Dolls (archive footage) (as David JoHansen)

Cherie Currie ... Herself - The Runaways

No Doubt ... Themselves
Louise Wener ... Herself

Elvis Costello ... Himself

Belinda Carlisle ... Herself

Carnie Wilson ... Herself
Annabella Lwin ... Herself - Bow Wow Wow
Nancy La Perch ... Herself
Maria Montoya ... Herself

Phil Spector ... Himself
Jello Biafra ... Himself (archive footage)
Manny Furlong ... Himself

Sid Vicious ... Himself (archive footage)

John Lydon ... Himself (archive footage) (as Johnny Rotten)
The Sex Pistols ... Themselves (archive footage) (as Sex Pistols)

Coldplay ... Themselves (archive footage)

Chris Martin ... Himself - Coldplay
Bow Wow Wow ... Themselves
John Easdale ... Himself - Dramarama
Dramarama ... Themselves
Gary Strobl ... Himself

Jane Wiedlin ... Herself - The Go-Go's (archive footage)
Van Halen ... Themselves

David Lee Roth ... Himself (archive footage)

Chris Stein ... Himself (archive footage)
Heather Shane ... Herself
Annie Shane ... Herself

Blondie ... Themselves (archive footage)
Kramer Morgenthau ... Himself
Isadore Ivy Spaceman At Large ... Themselves
Oasis ... Themselves

Tori Amos ... Herself

Kato Kaelin ... Himself

Corey Feldman ... Himself
Wendy Wilson ... Herself
Clem Burke ... Himself - Blondie
Henry Diltz ... Himself
Monte Robinson ... Himself

Paul McCartney ... Himself
Becca Grove ... Herself
Lori Mattox ... Herself
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Gem Archer ... Himself (as Oasis)

Billie Joe Armstrong ... Himself (as Green Day)
Andy Bell ... Himself (as Oasis)
D.J. Bonebrake ... Himself

Cher ... Herself
Tre Cool ... Himself (as Green Day)

Bing Crosby ... Himself (archive footage)

Tony Curtis ... Himself (archive footage)
Dion DiMucci ... Himself (archive footage)

Mike Dirnt ... Himself (as Green Day)
Denny Doherty ... Himself (archive footage)

Micky Dolenz ... Himself (archive footage)

India Dupré ... Herself

Cass Elliot ... Herself (archive footage) (as 'Mama' Cass Elliot)
Leigh Gorman ... Himself

William Holden ... Himself (archive footage)

Rock Hudson ... Himself (archive footage)

Janet Leigh ... Herself (archive footage)

Dean Martin ... Himself (archive footage)

Jim Morrison ... Himself (archive footage)

Michael Nesmith ... Himself (archive footage)

Yoko Ono ... Herself (archive footage)
John Phillips ... Himself (archive footage)

Michelle Phillips ... Herself (archive footage)
Poe ... Herself

Iggy Pop ... Himself (archive footage)

Elvis Presley ... Himself (archive footage)

Paul Reubens ... Himself

Sherrie Rose ... Herself

Gavin Rossdale ... Himself (credit only)
Mike Rowe ... Himself (as Oasis)
Kenny Sargeant ... Himself (archive footage) (as Kenny Sargent)

Frank Sinatra ... Himself (archive footage)
Peter Tork ... Himself (archive footage)

Frankie Valli ... Himself (archive footage)

Edward Van Halen ... Himself (archive footage)
Alan White ... Himself (as Oasis)
Lisa Worden ... Herself
Billy Zoom ... Himself

Directed by
George Hickenlooper 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
George Hickenlooper  writer

Produced by
Christopher Paul Carter .... producer (as Chris Carter)
Julie Janata .... co-producer
Greg Little .... producer
Greg S. Little .... producer (as Greg Little)
Tommy Perna .... producer
Donald Zuckerman .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Anthony Marinelli 
 
Cinematography by
Igor Meglic 
Kramer Morgenthau 
 
Film Editing by
Julie Janata 
 
Sound Department
Bruce Buehlman .... sound re-recording mixer
Mark Burton .... sound mixer
Mike Chock .... supervising sound editor
Alexander Court .... first assistant sound editor
Mat Dennis .... sound recordist
Joseph R. Ekins .... sound mixer
Brian Riordan .... additional sound re-recording mixer
Geordy Sincavage .... foley mixer
Peter D. Lago .... assistant sound editor (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Alexandra Buresch .... assistant camera
Mark Gutterud .... first assistant camera
Julie Janata .... additional cinematography
April Lanci-Leseur .... assistant camera (as April Lanci)
Paige Thomas .... assistant camera
 
Editorial Department
Joe Fineman .... post-production consultant
Katie Hedrich .... assistant editor
Eric O. Schusterman .... additional editor
Royce Smith .... color timer
Kathy Thomson .... digital colorist
 
Music Department
Clint Bennett .... music mixer
Clint Bennett .... music producer
Clint Bennett .... music recordist
Rodney Bingenheimer .... music supervisor
Chris P. Carter .... music supervisor
Christopher Paul Carter .... music supervisor
Anthony Marinelli .... music producer
Anthony Marinelli .... orchestrator
Charles Raggio .... music supervisor
Andrea von Foerster .... music coordinator
 
Other crew
Tony Benedict .... archival footage
Lori Beth Bernat .... research assistant
Rodney Bingenheimer .... archival footage
Rodney Bingenheimer .... photos: still photographs by
Chris P. Carter .... archival footage (as Chris Carter)
Kim Fowley .... photos: still photographs by
Bobby George .... archival footage (as Bob George)
Bob Gruen .... archival footage
Liza Kumjian-Smith .... production coordinator: UK
Domenic Priore .... photos: still photographs by
Nancy Sinatra .... archival footage
Gary Strobl .... archival footage
Noni Tulk-Perna .... production assistant
Dan Williams .... senior video technician
Gail Zappa .... archival footage
 
Thanks
The Bangles .... we would like to thank
Olivia Barash .... we would like to thank: with love
Barry Barnholtz .... we would like to thank: with love
Stiv Bators .... we would like to thank: with love
Marian A. Bingenheimer .... we would like to thank: with love
Vincent A. Bingenheimer .... we would like to thank: with love
Zelda Bingenheimer .... we would like to thank: with love
Richard Blade .... we would like to thank
Sonny Bono .... we would like to thank: with love
Cathy Fuller Davis .... we would like to thank: with love
India Dupré .... special thanks
The Go-Gos .... we would like to thank
Tami Heidi .... we would like to thank
Susanna Hoffs .... we would like to thank
Harvey Kubernik .... we would like to thank: with love
Lance Loud .... we would like to thank: with love
Melanie McDonald .... we would like to thank: with love
Sharon McDonald .... we would like to thank: with love
Keith Moon .... we would like to thank: with love
Michele Myer .... we would like to thank: with love
Dee Dee Ramone .... thanks
Joey Ramone .... thanks
Tripp Reeb .... we would like to thank
Paul Reubens .... we would like to thank
Monte Robison .... special thanks
Gene Sandbloom .... we would like to thank
Nancy Sinatra .... we would like to thank: with love (as The First Lady of Rock Ms. Nancy Sinatra)
Phil Spector .... thanks
Amy Stevens .... we would like to thank
Supergrass .... we would like to thank
Opal M. Tate .... we would like to thank: with love
Johnny Thunders .... we would like to thank: with love
Kevin Weatherly .... we would like to thank
Carl Wilson .... we would like to thank: with love
Dennis Wilson .... we would like to thank: with love
Wondermints .... we would like to thank
Ron Wood .... we would like to thank: with love
 

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Rated R for sexual content/nudity, language and some drug references
Runtime:
Canada:94 min (Toronto International Film Festival) | USA:94 min
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Trivia:
After making its world premiere as the Centerpiece Film of the 2003 IFP/Los Angeles Film Festival the movie sold to First Look Media and Lakeshore Entertainment for $1.3 million, making it the second highest selling documentary of all time, next to Michael Moore's Bowling for Columbine (2002).See more »
Quotes:
Rodney Bingenheimer:[pointing to a frame on his wall] Elvis Presley's driver's license.See more »
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References The Tuxedo (2002)See more »
Soundtrack:
Pump It UpSee more »

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12 out of 15 people found the following review useful.
A valuable and necessary documentary on the cult of fame, 29 December 2005
Author: convergentmedia from Southern California

A few months ago, while awaiting my late-night food at *that* deli in Hollywood, I went up to a seated Rodney Bingenheimer and told him straight up: "'Mayor of the Sunset Strip' is one of the most important films I've ever seen." Emphasis on the word "important". I then explained why, and he just smiled, closed his eyes and nodded.

Less an indulgence in the overplayed phenomenon of "celebrity", this film is much more of a (rare) viewing of notoriety's seedy, cultist aspects under modern capitalism. In an age when "fame" and "celebrity" are their own forms of hard currency (E.G. invite a known celebrity to YOUR party -- whatever the occasion -- and see how many people RSVP within a matter of hours...), this is a film worth studying. The Yale-educated director, who not ironically directed "Hearts of Darkness", shrewdly turns the subject of Rodney Bingenheimer's literal 'staying power' in Hollywood into an entertaining and thought-provoking look at FAME AS A DISEASE. When the film is viewed under this poignant and increasingly relevant context, then Rodney really isn't that different from anyone else in America (or hyper-consuming Western culture in general). Nope, no one ultimately cares that you ran into Paul McCartney once in your twenties, but you'll keep mentioning it anyway...because you *matter*!!!

I watched the film on DVD (the preferred format, considering the variety of interviews in the "extras" portion) again after a yearlong lapse from my first viewing, only to further absorb its potency on the above-mentioned. A telling and strangely comforting aspect shown is the palpable discomfort on the faces of certain demonstrably lifelong insecure hyper-celebrities (Cher, Brooke Shields, Liam from Oasis) over talking about Rodney, their mercurial lives and ultimately, how they view "fame". One senses that, even if after attaining that much "acceptance", that you're still not comfortable in your own skin, then it's best not to carry as much celebrity currency in your pockets in the first place when - God Forbid -- you'd have to ever pay some of it back to those who've helped you attain it along the way.

Not all of the film's included luminaries came across in such fashion, however -- Ray Manzerick, Gwen Stefani, Nancy Sinatra, Elvis Costello, Brian Wilson and David Bowie more or less stayed clear of such forced sincerity (read: barely contained cringing) in this film. And yet, I'd be lying if I said that all of the awkward celebrity posturing wasn't the most entertaining aspect of the film – yes, even more so then simply the presence of the celebs who appear.

Brooke Shield's interview in the DVD is akin to an actual cognitive behavioral therapy session, where she relates how she's (supposedly) overcome her past nagging needs for acceptance. This caveat is telling, considering her much publicized postpartum depression (E.G. newborns don't know how to adore "celebrity" on cue, hence potentially magnifying the neuroses of past rejections felt by such otherwise "me-first" celebrities during, say, all-night baby crying sessions).

Author and 'fame expert' Leo Braudy is featured briefly commenting on the nature of fame and the public's obsession with it, concluding that he doesn't know who Rodney Bingenheimer is. I would've rather included authors Richard Schickel or Tyler Cowen (the latter an economist), who would've provided better insights without the added flippancy. Ironically (or maybe not so, considering the difference between having BEEN in the fame trenches versus simply writing about them), Rodney's darker trenches mate and alter-ego Kim Fowley actually sums up fame better than does Braudy with a nutshell synopsis of what drives people to seek fame, or the famous. Fowley accurately diagnoses Rodney and everyone else in Hollywood -- in itself worth watching the movie for, especially because Fowley illustrates the wacky, surreal and even palpably evil accumulation of frothy on-the-edges-of-fame excess that isn't limited to just the non-Wilshire Blvd. (read: corporate) entertainment industry, but sums up fame's very heart and that industry's core.

The film also shrewdly (and deservedly) shines a subtly dismissive light onto "alternative radio" juggernaut, KROQ, which is now to 'cutting edge' and 'fidelity to founding visionaries' what Alice Cooper was to 'subtlety'. KROQ DJ Jed the Fish's summing up of KROQ's essential value of Rodney Bingenheimer as more or less irrelevant to modern musical trends is tactically contrasted by the director with a brief yet accurate portrayal of KROQ's core current audience -- sweaty, tattooed, violent, soul-less subhuman Huns who urinate openly at concerts and grunt to hackneyed noise passing as their distressingly elected life anthems.

The viewer stumbles upon something: Being that "fame" has created its own marketplace, it's obvious that Rodney has a unique talent that can be shopped around (to Indy 103.1 or satellite radio, for instance)...away from a midnight to 3:00 AM slot on KROQ. Yet, because of the uniquely demonic characteristics of cut-throat, increasingly commercial yet still elusive Hollywood, one then realizes possibly why the less opportunistic 'good souls' (to quote Starsailor) like Rodney don't have agents shopping their said talents around: Despite not retaining any known instrumental or singing talents, a "radio-friendly voice" (Jed the Fish? Swedish Eagle? Adam Corolla?!?) or Teutonic good looks, still, at least Rodney is not a hack.

I'd make this film required viewing in suburban high schools as well as in college courses involving media or cultural studies, sociology, psychology, the arts and/or the humanities. Best to cork that genie in our tortured youth before 'groupie-dom' tries to compensate for their disturbingly growing lack of self-esteem...

With that said, God Bless Rodney Bingenheimer.

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