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24 Hour Party People (2002)

 -  Biography | Comedy | Drama  -  5 April 2002 (UK)
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In 1976, Tony Wilson sets up Factory Records and brings Manchester's music to the world.

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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

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


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

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$34,940 (USA) (9 August 2002)

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$1,130,379 (USA) (11 October 2002)
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As a nod from Tony Wilson and Factory Records, the film was given its own Factory catalog number (FAC 401). The film website is tagged as FAC 433. See more »

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In the opening hang-gliding sequence, the design on the glider changes between close-ups and long shots (the long shots are of Tony Wilson himself during the actual event that is being portrayed). See more »

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[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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Belfast
Written by Paul Hartnoll (as P) & Phil Hartnoll (as P Hartnoll)
Published by Sony/ATV Music Publishing
Performed by Orbital
Licensed courtesy of Internal Records
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Modern British film-making at its best
24 March 2004 | by (England) – See all my reviews

Previous reviewers of this film obviously just don't get it. This is unlike recent Brit stinkers like Rancid Aluminium, Down Time, or Fanny and Elvis. This is more in the tradition of Withnail and I, Trainspotting, Lock Stock, 28 Days Later, and Dog Soldiers.

The history of Factory records is chaotic and episodic. This is reflected superbly in the film. The characterisations are brilliant; from Steve Coogan's portrayal of the complex Anthony H. Wilson to minor characters such as Dave Gorman's John the Postman. If you were there at the time, it all comes flooding back... if you weren't then just sit back and enjoy the portrayal of a unique time in British popular culture...MANCHESTER 1976-1992


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