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24 Hour Party People (2002)

R  |   |  Biography, Comedy, Drama  |  20 September 2002 (USA)
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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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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 original Hacienda club was demolished in Autumn 2000, three years after its closure; so, based mainly on people's memory, a replica was built in a disused warehouse. Many of the accessories from the club were bought at auction when the club was closed and are used in the movie. The Hacienda has since been replaced by luxury apartments, also called Hacienda. See more »


The Haçienda's last night of operation wasn't a rave night as seen in the film. It was actually a performance by the English space rock band Spiritualized. The building was used for two parties after the club officially closed. 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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References New Order Story (1993) See more »


Written by Moby (as Richard Hall) and Angelo Badalamenti
Used by kind permission of Universal/MCA Music Ltd
Copyright The Little Idiot Music/Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp
By kind permission of Warner/Chappell Music Ltd
Performed by Moby
Copyright 1991 Instinct Records under exclusive license to Pinnacle Labels
Licensed courtesy of Instinct Records and Pinnacle Labels
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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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