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24 Hour Party People (2002)

In 1976, Tony Wilson sets up Factory Records and brings Manchester's music to the world.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Mark Windows ...
Derek Ryder
Danny Cunningham ...
Nigel Pivaro ...
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Manchester 1976: Cambridge educated Tony Wilson, Granada TV presenter, is at a Sex Pistols gig. Totally inspired by this pivotal moment in music history, he and his friends set up a record label, Factory Records, signing first Joy Division (who go on to become New Order) then James and the Happy Mondays, who all become seminal artists of their time. What ensues is a tale of music, sex, drugs, larger-than-life characters, and the birth of one of the most famous dance clubs in the world, The Hacienda - a mecca for clubbers as famous as the likes of Studio 54. Graphically depicting the music and dance heritage of Manchester from the late 70's to the early 90's, this comedy documents the vibrancy that made Mad-chester the place in the world that you would most like to be. Written by IGB

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


The unbelievably true story of one man, one movement, the music and madness that was Manchester.

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong language, drug use and sexuality | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

20 September 2002 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

24 ores gemates rock  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

£265,428 (UK) (5 April 2002)


$1,130,379 (USA) (11 October 2002)

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Did You Know?


The character Charles is a composite character based on many Granada producers. The name Charles was chosen in honor of Charles Sturridge, out of whose apartment Factory Records was run. See more »


Ian Curtis' first epileptic seizure did not occur onstage, as in the film, but in the car on the way home from a Joy Division gig. It is also shown as occurring after the band composed 'She's Lost Control', a song that reflected upon Curtis' disease. See more »


[first lines]
Tony Wilson: Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it's the latest craze sweeping the Pennines, and I've got to be honest, I'd rather be sweeping the Pennines right now.
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No Fun
Written by Iggy Pop (as James Osterberg), Ron Asheton, David Alexander (as Dave Alexander),
Scott Asheton
Published by Bug Music
Copyright Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp and Stooges Staffel Music
By kind permission of Warner/Chappell Music Ltd
Performed by The Sex Pistols
Licensed courtesy of Sanctuary Records Group
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great mocku-docu-rockumentary
27 July 2003 | by (denver) – See all my reviews

This movie is quite hyperbolic about the Manchester scene which is portrayed with so much style, energy, humor, and gutty performances, that even if you weren't a fan of Joy Division & Happy Mondays, this particular musical revolution is extolled on a par with Memphis early 50's, the whole of UK 1963-65, San Francisco 1966-67, or Austin 1972-74. I wasn't a fan of those Manchester bands, but I really enjoyed all of the music in this film. And Steve Coogan's performance and the structure of his charismatic part are wonderful. And very funny.

Like "SLC Punk" and movies like "Rude Boy" and the Sex Pistols movies, "24 Hour Party People" captures the anger of the times and incredible energy of that socio-musical upheaval, and ultimately the sadness at the inevitable passing of a bright moment in popmusic history. When Coogan/Wilson brags about the birth of the rave culture in his club in his beloved city, taking credit for another major movement, I didn't feel his pride or excitement, only that sense of sadness at the techno-evolution of punk...

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