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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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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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20 September 2002 (USA)  »

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24 ores gemates rock  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

£265,428 (UK) (5 April 2002)

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

Sean Harris studied Ian Curtis in depth up to and during production. He also perfected Curtis' infamous dancing from watching video footage of Curtis on stage. See more »

Goofs

According to Tony Wilson on the DVD commentary, the scene showing neo-fascists attending a Joy Division concert or them causing a riot, as implied by the film, never occurred. See more »

Quotes

[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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Connections

Referenced in One Hit Wonderland: Unbelievable by EMF (2013) See more »

Soundtracks

The Passenger
Written by Iggy Pop (as James Osterberg) and Ricky Gardiner
Published by EMI Music Publishing Ltd/EMI Virgin Music Ltd/Ricky Garsiner Songs
Performed by Iggy Pop
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A charmingly British film that is both funny and facinating
10 April 2004 | by (Blaxland, Blue Mountains, NSW, Australia) – See all my reviews

Alternative music is a passion of mine, so when I heard that there was film being made about factory records/'madchester', I was looking foward to seeing it. I wasn't disapointed. The script is very witty, the soundtrack is brilliant (Buzzcocks, A Certain Ratio, Sex Pistols, Joy Division, New Order, Happy Mondays, I could go on....), it probably isn't 100% true to what actually happened, but that doesn't matter that much, after all, 24 Hour Party People is only a film. It also brings you into the lives of those there, and also heavily explores not only the music, but the scene too, which is very important because it essentially spawned the rave music of today. A fun filled way to spend a couple of hours. Highly recomended.


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