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13 July 1985 (USA) See more »
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1 win & 2 nominations See more »
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The best day of my life and I was only eleven. See more (18 total) »


  (in credits order)

Bob Geldof ... Himself
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Bryan Adams ... Himself (at JFK Stadium)
Stuart Adamson ... Himself (as Big Country)
Mo Amin ... Himself - Photographer

Adam Ant ... Himself

Nick Ashford ... Himself

Joan Baez ... Herself
Tom Bailey ... Himself (as Thompson Twins)
Garry Beers ... Himself
Big Country ... Themselves
Black Sabbath ... Themselves

Bono ... Himself (as U2)
The Boomtown Rats ... Themselves

David Bowie ... Himself
Andrew Bown ... Himself (as Status Quo)

Jeff Bridges ... Himself - Host
Pete Briquette ... Himself (as Boomtown Rats)
Charlie Burchill ... Himself (as Simple Minds)
Geezer Butler ... Himself (as Black Sabbath)
Tony Butler ... Himself (as Big Country)
Warren Cann ... Himself
The Cars ... Themselves
Martin Chambers ... Himself (as The Pretenders)

Chevy Chase ... Himself (at JFK Stadium)

Eric Clapton ... Himself

Dick Clark ... Himself - Host

Adam Clayton ... Himself (as U2)
Albert Collins ... Himself (with George Thorogood & the Destroyers)

Phil Collins ... Himself

Billy Connolly ... Himself

Elvis Costello ... Himself
Crosby Stills Nash & Young ... Themselves (at JFK Stadium)

David Crosby ... Himself (at JFK Stadium) (as Crosby Stills Nash and Young)
Chris Cross ... Himself (as Ultravox)
Simon Crowe ... Himself (as Boomtown Rats)
Alannah Currie ... Herself (as Thompson Twins)
Billy Currie ... Himself (as Ultravox)

Roger Daltrey ... Himself (as The Who)
John Deacon ... Himself (as Queen)
Paul Denham ... Himself (Sade's backing band)

Ronnie James Dio ... Himself (as Black Sabbath)
Dire Straits ... Themselves

Duran Duran ... Themselves

Bob Dylan ... Himself

John Entwistle ... Himself (as The Who)
Andrew Farriss ... Himself
Jon Farriss ... Himself
Tim Farriss ... Himself

Bryan Ferry ... Himself

Sally Field ... Herself
Johnnie Fingers ... Himself (as Boomtown Rats)
Mel Gaynor ... Himself (as Simple Minds)
David Gilmour ... Himself (Bryan Ferry's backing band)
Band of H.M. Coldstream Guards ... Themselves (as Regimental Band of The Coldstream Guards)
Tony Hadley ... Himself (as Spandau Ballet)
Andrew Hale ... Himself (Sade's backing band)

Daryl Hall ... Himself
Michael Hutchence ... Himself (as INXS)
John Illsley ... Himself (as Dire Straits)

INXS ... Themselves
Tony Iommi ... Himself (as Black Sabbath)

Mick Jagger ... Himself

Elton John ... Himself
Howard Jones ... Himself
John Paul Jones ... Himself (as Led Zeppelin)

Casey Kasem ... Himself - Announcer
John Keeble ... Himself (as Spandau Ballet)

Gary Kemp ... Himself (as Spandau Ballet)

Martin Kemp ... Himself (as Spandau Ballet)
Eddie Kendricks ... Himself
Jim Kerr ... Himself (as Simple Minds)
Andy Kershaw ... Himself
Nik Kershaw ... Himself

B.B. King ... Himself
Mark Knopfler ... Himself (as Dire Straits)

Patti LaBelle ... Herself
Alan Lancaster ... Himself (as Status Quo)

Simon Le Bon ... Himself (as Duran Duran)
Joe Leeway ... Himself (as Thompson Twins)

Madonna ... Herself
Stuart Matthewman ... Himself (Sade's backing band)

Brian May ... Himself (as Queen)

Paul McCartney ... Himself

Marilyn McCoo ... Herself - Hostess

Darryl McDaniels ... Himself (as Run-D.M.C.)
Robbie McIntosh ... Himself (as The Pretenders)

Freddie Mercury ... Himself (as Queen)

George Michael ... Himself (as Wham!)
Jason Mizell ... Himself (as Run-D.M.C.)
Alison Moyet ... Herself

Graham Nash ... Himself (at JFK Stadium) (as Crosby Stills Nash and Young)

Jack Nicholson ... Himself
Tessa Niles ... Herself
Petter Nome ... Programleder (host, Norway)
Steve Norman ... Himself (as Spandau Ballet)

John Oates ... Himself (as Hall & Oates)

Ric Ocasek ... Himself (as The Cars)
Ben Orr ... Himself (as The Cars)

Ozzy Osbourne ... Himself (as Black Sabbath)
Rick Parfitt ... Himself (as Status Quo)

Teddy Pendergrass ... Himself

Robert Plant ... Himself (as Led Zeppelin)
Power Station ... Themselves
The Pretenders ... Themselves
Queen ... Themselves
David Quinn ... Himself (as Children to Children)

Nick Rhodes ... Himself (as Duran Duran)
Griff Rhys Jones ... Himself

Keith Richards ... Himself (as The Rolling Stones)

Lionel Richie ... Himself
Andrew Ridgeley ... Himself (as Wham!)
Tony Rivers ... Himself - background-singer with Elton John
Garry Roberts ... Himself (as Boomtown Rats)

Nile Rodgers ... Himself
Francis Rossi ... Himself (as Status Quo)
David Ruffin ... Himself

Sade ... Herself

Carlos Santana ... Himself (as Santana)

George Segal ... Himself - Host

Joseph Simmons ... Himself (as Run-D.M.C.)
Simple Minds ... Themselves
Valerie Simpson ... Herself
Richard Skinner ... Himself

Mel Smith ... Himself
Julia Somerville ... Herself - Newscaster
Spandau Ballet ... Themselves

Rick Springfield ... Himself
Status Quo ... Themselves

Stephen Stills ... Himself (at JFK Stadium) (as Crosby Stills Nash and Young)

Sting ... Himself
Style Council ... Themselves
Andy Taylor ... Himself (as Duran Duran/Power Station)

John Taylor ... Himself (as Duran Duran/Power Station)

Roger Taylor ... Himself (as Queen)

Roger Taylor ... Himself (as Duran Duran)
The Thompson Twins ... Themselves
George Thorogood ... Himself (at JFK Stadium) (as George Thorogood and the Destroyers)

Pete Townshend ... Himself (as The Who)

Tina Turner ... Herself

U2 ... Themselves

Tracey Ullman ... Herself
Ultravox ... Themselves
Midge Ure ... Himself (as Ultravox)
Tommy Vance ... Himself (Announcer)
Bill Ward ... Himself (as Black Sabbath)
Bruce Watson ... Himself (as Big Country)
Paul Weller ... Himself (as Style Council)
Wham! ... Themselves

The Who ... Themselves

Brian Wilson ... Himself (at JFK Stadium) (as The Beach Boys)

Ron Wood ... Himself

Neil Young ... Himself (at JFK Stadium) (as Crosby Stills Nash & Young)
Paul Young ... Himself
Paul Cook ... Himself (uncredited)

Benny Hill ... Policeman (uncredited)

Larry Mullen Jr. ... Himself - U2 (uncredited)

Jimmy Page ... Himself - Led Zeppelin (uncredited)

Prince Charles ... Himself (uncredited)

Princess Diana ... Herself (uncredited)

The Edge ... Himself - U2 (uncredited)
Tony Thompson ... Himself (uncredited)

Directed by
Vincent Scarza 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Bob Geldof  idea

Produced by
David Fein .... contributing producer
Hal Uplinger .... producer
Rich Zielinski .... segment field producer
Film Editing by
Nick Carroll 
Makeup Department
Jim Gillespie .... makeup department head
Production Management
Andrew Zweck .... production manager
Sound Department
Chris Downes .... assistant sound
Kim Richards .... sound mixer
Camera and Electrical Department
Ray Andrew .... camera operator
David A. Canning .... video communications: concert
John Jopson .... camera operator
William Louthe .... electrician
Alistair McKenzie .... camera operator
J.D. Freedman .... grip (uncredited)
Animation Department
Monte Gast .... producer: animation sequence
Other crew
Mariella Frostrup .... public relations
Chuck Haifley .... technical producer
Steven J. Santos .... stage manager
Rich Zielinski .... diamondvision director

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960 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Did You Know?

Deep Purple was going to appear via satellite from Switzerland. However, they pulled out after guitarist Ritchie Blackmore refused to appear.See more »
Bob Geldof:If there's a problem, you have to go out and solve it.See more »
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Where were the two concerts held, and what are the two Stadium's capacities?
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15 out of 16 people found the following review useful.
The best day of my life and I was only eleven., 26 December 2004
Author: the_Poppuns

I got this DVD for Christmas and I spent the whole day going through it. Awesome. Just awesome. It's sitting there with all my other DVDs but I already know it will get the most use. All of my favorite bands were there for this historic concert and I'm sure a lot of people can say that. This DVD brings me back to a moment in time where people seemed to be doing the right thing. Banding together to help others. It's re-inspiring me to be a person who does great things. The DVD itself is missing a lot of stuff but apparently everything they had is in there. According to the insert, Mtv dismantled their footage from Philadelphia because Geldof wanted to avoid future legal problems. *shrug* I don't know what that was about, but I wouldn't have listened to him. But even still, this concert is fantastic. All the mullets a girl could ask for and some incredible live performances, especially U2 and Queen. Freddie continues to kick everyone's can to this day. And Bono inciting chicks to squeeze themselves out of the crowd for a hug. Priceless. Seeing my faves like Paul Young, Howard Jones, Adam Ant, Wham! and Duran Duran, in that perfect moment in time. *swoon* Oh, what I wouldn't do to go back there, especially since some there that day are gone now. If you were a fan of music in, oh, let's say the last 40 years, there should be something in there for you, and you should definitely give it a watch, if not a buy.

There are some extras that include INXS from Australia, and other Live Aid performances from around the world, and the original "Feed the World" and "We Are the World" videos. The only thing that I wish they'd have done was an up-to-date documentary with some of the acts talking about the event and what it means almost twenty years later. But that would just be gravy. I could go on forever about this, it's become my most prized possession in just 24 hours.

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