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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:
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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References "The Monkees" (1966)See more »
Soundtrack:
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12 out of 15 people found the following review useful.
A Study in the Tragically Hip, 2 May 2005
Author: scorp_gal_03 from Portland, Oregon

So who is this Rodney Bingenheimer? One can describe him as the "Mayor of the Sunset Strip," but in my opinion, "King of the Groupies" is more accurate. If you live in LA, you may be somewhat familiar with him due to his radio show. If not, you're still going to love this film if you're at all a fan of rock and roll music.

"Mayor of the Sunset Strip" is sort of a cross between "Zelig" and "This Is Spinal Tap," but unlike those pics, this is a not a mockumentary...Rodney Bingenheimer is a real guy. And there isn't a famous rock musician with whom he hasn't hung out, or been photographed. Lest you think this guy is just some kind of a Photoshop genius who never actually met Lennon, Bowie and the rest...well there are plenty of folks out there who will corroborate his life story. And these folks are featured in this documentary...everyone from Deborah Harry to The Doors' Ray Manzarek, plus the most famous groupie of all time, Pamela Des Barres (and I must admit that when I was 15 years old and read "I'm With the Band, I so wanted to be her).

Rodney began his career as a professional hanger-on when he got hired to play Davy Jones' double in "The Monkees"—although aside from the height and hair, he really doesn't resemble Davy Jones at all. However, Rodney was somehow able to turn this 15 minutes of fame into four decades at the top (or outskirts, depending on how you look at it) of LA's social scene. Little 5'3",100 lb, not least-bit handsome Rodney propelled himself into a world where he knew every rock and roller, and they all knew him (I, for one, am convinced this is due to the fact that, next to Rodney, celebrities could feel good about themselves by appearing taller and more attractive). By the time he opened his famous "Rodney Bingenheimer's English Disco" in the early 70s, Rodney was apparently, as we learn in the film, getting more girls than even Robert Plant. And when Michael Des Barres speaks of Rodney's success with women, he declares that the guy had a "posse of p*****." This fact is remembered fondly by the beyond middle-aged Rodney in the film…I found that scene particularly hilarious.

By the time disco music actually became popular in the latter part of the 70s, Rodney wanted to close his "English Disco." He had long since moved on to punk rock, worshipping the likes of the Ramones and the Sex Pistols. In the 80s, Rodney was able to establish himself as a DJ who brought the latest and greatest music to Southern California. Without a good radio voice, Rodney was able to turn his knowledge of the music into a paying job. Fast forward to the 90s, and we see Rodney, looking like a 60-year-old in a Paul Weller wig, still seemingly at the top of the rock and roll ladder, hanging out with the likes of Coldplay and Oasis, the latter he claimed to be playing on the radio when their music was still only available on tape (Well, I personally happen to have seen Oasis play very early on in a small club with only about 100 people in the audience, but I digress…) From the very beginning of the film, we see that life is getting tougher for Rodney. For one thing, it's hard to make a living when you don't have any particular skills, and your claim to fame is that you know (or used to know) a bunch of famous people. That's the tragedy of it.

All in all, it's the little things that make watching this documentary so entertaining...from the conversations in Bing & Zelda Bingenheimer's garishly decorated California home, to the scenes of Rodney driving around LA in his tres uncool automobile. Then there are the scenes of Rodney's friend Isadore Ivy singing his ode to Jennifer Love Hewitt, and his other friend, Kim Fowley(?) discussing the amazing sexual capacity of the male organ. Anyway, you can easily forget, while watching this movie, that Rodney Bingenheimer and the weirdos around him are not fictional characters. And that's what makes it all so chuckle-inducing.

In closing, it's films like "Mayor of the Sunset Strip" that are exactly the reason I enjoy watching documentaries so much.

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