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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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  (in credits order)

Rodney Bingenheimer ... Himself
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Tori Amos ... Herself

Billie Joe Armstrong ... Himself (as Green Day)

Beck ... Himself
Jello Biafra ... Himself (archive footage)
Bing Bingenheimer ... Himself
Zelda Bingenheimer ... Herself
D.J. Bonebrake ... Himself

Sonny Bono ... Himself (archive footage)

David Bowie ... Himself
Leo Braudy ... Himself
Clem Burke ... Himself

Neve Campbell ... Herself

Belinda Carlisle ... Herself
Chris P. Carter ... Himself

Exene Cervenka ... Herself
Camille Chancery ... Herself

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

Alice Cooper ... Himself

Elvis Costello ... Himself

Bing Crosby ... Himself (archive footage)

Cherie Currie ... Herself

Tony Curtis ... Himself (archive footage)

Michael Des Barres ... Himself
Pamela Des Barres ... Herself
Henry Diltz ... Himself
Dion DiMucci ... Himself (archive footage)

Mike Dirnt ... Himself (as Green Day)

John Doe ... Himself
Denny Doherty ... Himself (archive footage)

Micky Dolenz ... Himself (archive footage)

India Dupré ... Herself
John Easdale ... Himself

Cass Elliot ... Herself (archive footage) (as 'Mama' Cass Elliot)

Corey Feldman ... Himself
Kim Fowley ... Himself
Liam Gallagher ... Himself

Noel Gallagher ... Himself

Sarah Michelle Gellar ... Herself
Leigh Gorman ... Himself
Jed 'The Fish' Gould ... Himself (as Jed the Fish)

Green Day ... Themselves

Deborah Harry ... Herself

George Hickenlooper ... Himself

William Holden ... Himself (archive footage)

Rock Hudson ... Himself (archive footage)

Mick Jagger ... Himself

Joan Jett ... Herself

David Johansen ... Himself (archive footage)

Davy Jones ... Himself

Kato Kaelin ... Himself

Liza Kumjian-Smith ... Herself

Janet Leigh ... Herself (archive footage)

John Lennon ... Himself (archive footage)

Jerry Lee Lewis ... Himself (archive footage)
Lance Loud ... Himself

Courtney Love ... Herself
Annabella Lwin ... Herself

John Lydon ... Himself (archive footage)

Ray Manzarek ... Himself

Johnny Marr ... Himself

Chris Martin ... Himself

Dean Martin ... Himself (archive footage)

Paul McCartney ... Himself
Miss Mercy ... Herself
Kramer Morgenthau ... Himself

Jim Morrison ... Himself (archive footage)

Michael Nesmith ... Himself (archive footage)

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

Mackenzie Phillips ... Herself

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

Iggy Pop ... Himself (archive footage)
Monique Powell ... Herself

Elvis Presley ... Himself (archive footage)
Domenic Priore ... Himself
Joey Ramone ... Himself (archive footage)

Keanu Reeves ... Himself

Paul Reubens ... Himself
Linda Ronstadt ... Herself (archive footage)

Sherrie Rose ... Herself

Gavin Rossdale ... Himself (credit only)

David Lee Roth ... Himself (archive footage)

Brooke Shields ... Herself

Frank Sinatra ... Himself (archive footage)

Nancy Sinatra ... Herself

Phil Spector ... Himself

Gwen Stefani ... Herself

Chris Stein ... Himself (archive footage)
Danny Sugerman ... Himself (as Danny Sugarman)
Peter Tork ... Himself (archive footage)

Pete Townshend ... Himself

Frankie Valli ... Himself (archive footage)

Edward Van Halen ... Himself (archive footage)
Ronald Vaughan ... Himself / Isadore Ivy:Spaceman-at-Large

Sid Vicious ... Himself (archive footage)

George Wendt ... Himself
Louise Wener ... Herself

Jane Wiedlin ... Herself (archive footage)

Brian Wilson ... Himself

Carnie Wilson ... Herself
Lisa Worden ... Herself
X. ... Themselves (as X)

Neil Young ... Himself

Rob Zombie ... Himself
Billy Zoom ... Himself
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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
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
Lori Beth Bernat .... research assistant
Liza Kumjian-Smith .... production coordinator: UK
Noni Tulk-Perna .... production assistant
Dan Williams .... senior video technician
India Dupré .... special thanks
Dee Dee Ramone .... thanks
Joey Ramone .... thanks
Paul Reubens .... thanks
Monte Robison .... special thanks
Phil Spector .... thanks

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Rated R for sexual content/nudity, language and some drug references
Canada:94 min (Toronto International Film Festival) | USA:94 min
Aspect Ratio:
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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 »
David Bowie:And that's when I started to know Rodney. He knew more about English bands than I did.See more »
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10 out of 11 people found the following review useful.
Rodney who? Watch and find out..., 3 November 2003
Author: noir guy from London, England

According to this film, the 'Mayor of the Sunset Strip' is Rodney Bingenheimer. Rodney who? Well, watch this fascinating documentary, directed by George Hickenlopper (HEARTS OF DARKNESS : A FILMMAKER'S APOCALYPSE), and find out! Bingenheimer is seemingly the kind of selfless guy who appears to have initially been a kind of male groupie in the 60s and who subsequently unconditionally promoted U.S. and U.K. rock and pop acts through his L.A. based 'Rodney on the Roq' radio show and is acclaimed in almost reverential tones by those who owe their Stateside break to the airplay which apparently broke them through to the U.S. mainstream. As these artists include the likes of Brian Wilson, The Ramones, The Sex Pistols, Oasis and Coldplay (not sure I can forgive Rodney those last two), and given that the soundtrack includes these bands and many more individuals and groups (e.g. including a certain Mr. Bowie) which would have set virtually any other movie back several million greenbacks had they not offered their tracks for the minimum cost required to sort the legal paperwork, one can see how revered this apparently somewhat impoverished starmaker is (although his collection of pop memorabilia could set him up for several lifetimes should he choose to part with it). A Zelig-like figure whom the film's archival footage (filmed and photographic) shows to have been present at virtually all the epochal rock moments of the last 40 years, as well as one whose life has perhaps not turned out to be as successful as one might expect (the man still appears to dine at Denny's, for crying out loud!) and who seems to have been let down by those who might have reciprocated more kindly for the leg-up he appears to have given them, is well-served by this compassionate, occasionally hilarious (the Cherie Currie story about sinister svengali producer/performer Kim Fowley and his punchy riposte is a hoot) and ultimately rather sad and cautionary tale of the darker side of the American Dream. A man who, as my friend pointed out afterwards, appears to have inspired The Ramones' choice of tonsorial grooming and who still appears to be occasionally mistaken for The Monkees' Davy Jones (he originally auditioned for Jones' role and was sometimes deployed as his double which, if nothing else, seems to have added a few notches to his bedpost) and whose sad-faced countenance speaks more vividly of a lifetime of let-downs than any rancid verbal outpourings (he actually seems too polite to engage in on-screen badmouthing of even those who might deserve a well-aimed verbal broadside), this features an engaging mixture of talking head and rare archival footage and entertains as it delivers an impressionistic vulture's eye view of the West Coast zeitgeist, leaving one in no doubt that the film's title appropriately rests on this unlikely, slightly-built and spindly-legged character. An enlightening documentary, and highly recommended fare with no 'dead air'.

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