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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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A thought provoking look at the thin line between `the famous and the not so famous.' See more (25 total) »

Cast

  (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
 
Thanks
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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MPAA:
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 Mary Poppins (1964)See more »
Soundtrack:
Good SoulsSee more »

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32 out of 34 people found the following review useful.
A thought provoking look at the thin line between `the famous and the not so famous.', 23 April 2004
Author: David Wraith (davidwraith@yahoo.com) from United States

If it hadn't already been used, a perfect alternative title for a movie about Los Angeles DJ, Rodney Bingenheimer might have been Almost Famous.

Listen to how Alice Copper describes Bingenheimer: `He was accepted by the Rolling Stones, he was accepted by The Beatles, he was accepted by The Beach Boys…' This slightly unflattering choice of words is significant. Not `was friends with,' not `hung out with,' not `partied with,' but `was accepted by.' One critic called the documentary Mayor of the Sunset Strip the greatest rock & roll movie ever made. I'd have to watch Stop Making Sense and The Velvet Goldmine again before I could make that commitment, but in my opinion, Mayor isn't even about rock & roll. It's about fame, or the proximity to fame. It's about acceptance.

Rodney Bingenheimer's greatest achievement is that, for a generation, he introduced the most influential artists in modern rock to America radio. His second greatest accomplishment was his ability to be accepted. So many larger than life personalities try to force themselves into the spotlight. Meanwhile, quiet, shy, unassuming Rodney Bingenheimer has lived at the edge of the spotlight for his entire adult life.

Pamela Des Barres (who appears in the film) is arguably the world's greatest groupie. Bingenheimer is probably a close second, despite the handicap of being male (being a groupie, like being a fashion model or porn star, is one of the few pursuits in patriarchal society where being male is a handicap). But, while Des Barres is a pop icon, published author and happily married to former rocker Michael Des Barres, Bingenheimer is single, lives in a modest home with tattered furniture and has a once-a-week, 3 hour late-night radio show.

George Hickenlooper's Mayor of the Sunset Strip is a thought provoking look at Los Angeles and the thin but often uncrossable line between `the famous and the not so famous.' From its opening it seems to ask the question, why is one of the most influential men in American radio not a household name, when so many less deserving souls (cough-Carson Daly-cough) are. From the first frame of the film, I found myself sizing Bingenheimer up to come up with an answer. He's a short, skinny, funny looking guy. He's got what you'd call `a great face for radio.' However, he doesn't have a radio voice and after twenty years on the air he has not developed a radio persona. Perhaps this is why he will never reach the heights of Wolfman Jack, Kasey Casem or Rick Dees (yes, I just used `heights' and Rick Dees in the same sentence. No small feat). He lacks the authority of a Kurt Loader and perhaps was just born too early to take advantage of MTV, the network that can make less-than-handsome music aficionados like Matt Pinfield into TV personalities.

Over the span of the film, we see Rodney with the likes of Oasis, No Doubt, Mick Jagger, David Bowie, Coldplay and Cher (who Rodney says was like a mother to him, although she looks remarkably younger than he does. Hmmm …). Many of these artists and many more credit Rodney with being the first to play their music on American radio. In photo montages we see old stills of Rodney with Elvis, Jimi Hendrix, and Bob Dylan, to name a few. We see film clips of Rodney with Jerry Lee Lewis, The Mamas and the Papas and John Lennon. The list is so impressive; if you saw it out of context you'd swear the pictures were fakes. The diminutive Bingenheimer often looks matted into the footage like Woody Allen in Zelig or Tom Hanks in Forest Gump.

Before the credits roll we will see Rodney betrayed by his best friend. We will see his unrequited love for a young girl who insists they are `just friends.' In one humorous and painful scene, we see his estranged family searching the house for pictures of Rodney in desperate attempt to look less estranged. Throughout the film two seemingly opposing questions dominate: With all these famous friends, why isn't Rodney more successful? And, why did all the famous people gravitate toward him to begin with?

In the end, perhaps the fact that Rodney Bingenheimer couldn't parlay his access to the rich and famous into wealth and fame is not the tragedy of Rodney Bingenheimer. Perhaps the fact that we find anyone who doesn't cash in on their proximity to fame tragic is the tragedy of America. Rodney Bingenheimer is our inner geek, the star-stuck autograph hound in all of us. Hickenlooper's film holds up a mirror to a celebrity obsessed culture, a culture fixated on something 99.9999% its members will never experience. Perhaps this is the tragedy of all our lives. After all, as bad as we may feel for Bingenheimer, the fact remains: WE are watching a movie about HIM, a movie in which he is hanging out with David Bowie, and we are not.

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