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24 Hour Party People -- In 1976, Tony Wilson sets up Factory Records and brings Manchester's music to the world.


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The unbelievably true story of one man, one movement, the music and madness that was Manchester.
In 1976, Tony Wilson sets up Factory Records and brings Manchester's music to the world. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Steve Coogan ... Tony Wilson

John Thomson ... Charles

Paul Popplewell ... Paul Ryder

Lennie James ... Alan Erasmus

Shirley Henderson ... Lindsay
Mark Windows ... Johnny Rotten

Paddy Considine ... Rob Gretton
Raymond Waring ... Vini

Ron Cook ... Derek Ryder

John Simm ... Bernard Sumner
Danny Cunningham ... Shaun Ryder
Dave Gorman ... John the Postman
Ralf Little ... Hooky (Peter Hook)

Andy Serkis ... Martin Hannett
Nigel Pivaro ... Actor at Granada

Martin Hancock ... Howard Devoto
Peter Kay ... Don Tonay
Mark E. Smith ... Punter

Naomi Radcliffe ... Twitchy Girl

Sean Harris ... Ian Curtis
Tim Horrocks ... Steve

Rob Brydon ... Ryan Letts
Howard Devoto ... Cleaner

Collette Cooper ... Sadie
Tracy Cunliffe ... Other Girl in Nosh Van

Enzo Cilenti ... Peter Saville
Duncan Whitworth ... Jez
Michael Mitchell Jr. ... Simon (as Michael Mitchell Jnr.)
Claire Lever ... Assistant
Neil Bell ... Aspiring Singer
Aidan Cross ... Goth

Simon Pegg ... Journalist
Elizabeth Kelly ... Ian's Gran
Darren Tighe ... Mike Pickering
Chris Coghill ... Bez
Anna Tyborczyk ... Gillian
Peter Gunn ... Farmer
Dan Hope ... Mark
Nick Clarke ... Gaz
Margi Clarke ... Actor in Corridor
Mani ... Sound Engineer
Smug Roberts ... Railway Guard
Clint Boon ... 2nd Railway Guard
Toby Salaman ... Sir Keith Joseph
Conrad Murray ... Bailey Brother
Martin Coogan ... Chris Nagle
Rowetta Satchell ... Herself (as Rowetta)

Kieran O'Brien ... Nathan (as Keiran O'Brien)

Kate Magowan ... Yvette
Paul Ryder ... Pel
Roger Kennedy ... Doorman Sam

Sean Cernow ... Little Pel
Fiona Allen ... Cloakroom Girl
Helen Schlesinger ... Hilary
Joshua McNicholas ... Oliver
Tony Wilson ... Studio Director (as Anthony H. Wilson)

Keith Allen ... Roger Ames
Dino ... Wise Guy
A. Bowser ... Wise Guy (as Mr. A. Bowser)
Gary Roberts ... Wise Guy
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Simon Ding Archer ... Glen Matlock

Daniel Lestuzzi ... Football Thug

Kenny Baker ... Zookeeper (uncredited)
Michael Biggam ... Sex Pistols Fan (uncredited)
Jean-Jacques Burnel ... Himself - The Stranglers (archive footage) (uncredited)

Nigel Martin Davey ... Partygoer (uncredited)
Happy Mondays ... Themselves (archive footage) (uncredited)
Joy Division ... Themselves (archive footage) (uncredited)

John Lydon ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Sean McKenzie ... Man at Sex Pistols Gig (uncredited)

Steve McTigue ... Hacienda Doorman (uncredited)

Iggy Pop ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Richard Price ... Partygoer (uncredited)

Terri Seymour ... Herself (uncredited)
Simply Red ... Themselves (archive footage) (uncredited)
Siouxsie Sioux ... Herself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Solodeep ... Football Hooligan (uncredited)
Paul Swan ... Skinhead (uncredited)
Paul Weller ... Himself - The Jam (archive footage) (uncredited)

Directed by
Michael Winterbottom 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Frank Cottrell Boyce  screenplay

Produced by
Gina Carter .... co-producer
Andrew Eaton .... producer
Robert How .... line producer
Fiona Neilson .... assistant producer
Henry Normal .... executive producer
Cinematography by
Robby Müller (director of photography) (as Robby Muller)
Film Editing by
Trevor Waite 
Michael Winterbottom (uncredited)
Casting by
Wendy Brazington 
Production Design by
Mark Tildesley 
Art Direction by
Paul Cripps (supervising art director)
Set Decoration by
Lucy Howe 
Costume Design by
Steven Noble  (as Stephen Noble)
Steven Noble 
Natalie Ward 
Makeup Department
Janita Doyle .... makeup designer
Neill Gorton .... prosthetic makeup designer (as Neil Gorton)
Jane Lumb .... assistant makeup artist (as Jane Oakley)
Jill Sweeney .... makeup designer
Production Management
Cendrine Gady .... assistant production manager
Neil Grimshaw .... post-production supervisor
Jethro Harris .... post-production manager
Sally Maynard .... unit manager
Jackie Vance .... post-production supervisor
Tommaso Vergallo .... production manager (as Tommaso Vergello)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Tom Bruggen .... second unit director
Michael Elliott .... first assistant director (as Mike Elliott)
Richard Harris .... crowd co-ordinator
Jonathan Leather .... crowd co-ordinator
Nic Shearer .... second assistant director
Anthony Wilcox .... third assistant director
Art Department
Steve Branch .... construction manager
John Bridge .... carpenter
Damien Cleare .... art department assistant
Michelle Day .... prop hand
Mark Digby .... stand-by art director
John Elsworth .... painter
Steve Elsworth .... painter
Rod Gorwood .... draftsman
Paula Hickman .... assistant stand-by props
Stuart Hudson .... dressing props
C.A. Jackson .... carpenter
Sami Kahn .... trainee: FT2
Cat MacMillan .... property master
Paul Mitchell .... dressing props
Tony O'Hara .... carpenter
John Price .... laborer
John Roberts .... carpenter
Mark Skitt .... carpenter
Mike Syson .... dressing props
Colin Worrall .... painter
Paul Yarwood .... carpenter
Philip Diggle .... painter: paintings in Haçienda (uncredited)
Sound Department
Orin Beaton .... sound maintenance engineer
Peter Burgess .... foley artist
Peter Burgis .... foley artist
Andie Derrick .... foley artist (as Andy Derrick)
John Falcini .... sound re-recording mixer
Robert Farr .... foley mixer
Anthony Faust .... foley editor
Zane Hayward .... supervising sound editor
Mitch Low .... sound assistant
Tom Piper .... sound: Hacienda
James Seddon .... stereo sound consultant: Dolby
Joakim Sundström .... dialogue editor
John Warhurst .... foley editor
Stuart Wilson .... sound recordist
Aad Wirtz .... sound re-recording mixer
Orin Beaton .... boom operator (uncredited)
Special Effects by
David Bryan .... special effects director
Steve Tomkow .... armourer: Firepower
Steve Scotton .... special effects technician (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Peter Bach .... digital effects consultant
Alice Coren .... 2D design
Simon Fallon .... digital effects executive producer
Steve Garrad .... digital effects producer
Rip Hampton O'Neil .... technical manager
Tom Harding .... Inferno operator
John Harvey .... 3D pigeon animation
Simon Hutala .... digital effects supervisor (as Simon Huhtala)
Abdel Ali Kassou .... imaging technician
Jim Parsons .... Inferno operator
Adrian Russell .... 3D UFO animation
Matt Johnson .... on-set visual effects supervisor (uncredited)
Courtney Vanderslice .... head of production: Cinesite (uncredited)
Nick Hobbs .... stunt coordinator
Gareth Milne .... stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
Phil Brookes .... rigging gaffer
John Colley .... gaffer
Dave Fowler .... best boy (as David Fowler)
Philip George .... camera operator: hovercam
Chris Greenwood .... assistant camera
Chris Greenwood .... clapper loader
Chris Greenwood .... second focus puller
Steve Griffiths .... electrician (as Stevie Griffiths)
Gifford Hooper .... aerial camera operator
Lee Howarth .... standby rigger
Chris Hughes .... electrician
Jane Rousseau .... camera operator
Jon Shard .... unit photographer
Amelia Troubridge .... stills: The Film Consortium
Marcel Zyskind .... camera operator
Marcel Zyskind .... focus puller
Casting Department
Sophie Gabszewicz .... casting assistant
Robert Woodshaw .... casting assistant
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Hilary S. MacDonald .... costume assistant (as Hilary MacDonald)
Hilary S. MacDonald .... wardrobe assistant
Uta Thompson .... costume assistant
Kate Towns .... costume assistant
Esme Young .... costume maker
Editorial Department
Chris Beeton .... telecine colorist
Fizz Chaudhry .... editor trainee: FT2
Martin Corbett .... first assistant editor
Simon Giblin .... digital on-line editor
Steve Harrow .... post-production consultant
Scott Hinchcliffe .... on-line editor
Steve Lee .... on-line editor
Michael Nollet .... editor trainee: FT2
Shane Warden .... on-line editor
Llyr Wynn-Jones .... second assistant editor (as Llyr Wynn Jones)
Cas Casey .... on-line editor (uncredited)
Sam Mangan .... post-production coordinator (uncredited)
Music Department
Liz Gallacher .... music supervisor
Martin Moscrop .... music coordinator
Joakim Sundström .... music editor
Pete Tong .... music supervisor
Transportation Department
Jeff Hewitt .... driver
Christine Mavron .... driver: rushes
Paul Sargeant .... driver: rushes
Pat Ward .... driver: second unit
Other crew
Catherine Brice .... researcher
Ian Buchan .... web site designer
Caroline Chapman .... floor runner
Floriane Charles .... runner
John Eccleston .... production accountant
Candice Fonseca .... production coordinator
Alex Fuller .... web site designer
Tarn Harper .... post-production accountant
Lindsay Hughes .... assistant: Steve Coogan (as Lindsey Hughes)
Alex Knight .... second unit assistant
Kate Lee .... publicist
Matthew Long .... production runner
Rachel McClelland .... assistant: Michael Winterbottom
Sarada McDermott .... production secretary
Dan McTiernan .... runner
Paul Monaghan .... runner
Julia Phillips .... location scout
Barney Pilling .... location scout
Anna Raynsford .... publicist
Emma Smith .... production runner
Sam Taylor .... location manager
Jane Trower .... assistant accountant
Tony Wilson .... special consultant
Pauline Burt .... risk manager (uncredited)
Wayne Docksey .... animal master (uncredited)
Heather Mansfield .... risk manager (uncredited)
Rachel McClelland .... researcher (uncredited)
Roger Phillips .... end titles (uncredited)
Chris Auty .... special thanks
Luke Bainbridge .... special thanks
Julie Baines .... special thanks
Roy Barraclough .... special thanks
Mark 'Bez' Berry .... special thanks (as Bez)
Clint Boon .... special thanks
Stuart Boreman .... special thanks
Rebecca Boulton .... special thanks
James Cartwright .... special thanks
Debbie Curtis .... special thanks
Natalie Curtis .... special thanks
Dino .... special thanks
Christopher Eccleston .... special thanks
Alan Erasmus .... special thanks
Paul Fallon .... special thanks
Fine Time Fontayne .... special thanks
Gillian Gilbert .... special thanks
Lesley Gilbert .... special thanks
Dave Haslam .... special thanks
Shan Hira .... special thanks
Peter Hook .... special thanks
Mark Jackson .... special thanks
Trevor Johnson .... special thanks
Ben Kelly .... special thanks
Jez Kerr .... special thanks
Paul Mason .... special thanks
Graham Massey .... special thanks (as Graeme Massey)
Nathan McGough .... special thanks
Sean McKenzie .... special thanks
Bruce Mitchell .... special thanks
Stephen Morris .... special thanks (as Steven Morris)
Martin Moscrop .... special thanks
Graeme Park .... special thanks
Mike Pickering .... special thanks
Lindsey Reade .... special thanks
Vini Reilly .... special thanks
Derek Ryder .... special thanks
Paul Ryder .... special thanks
Shaun Ryder .... special thanks
Rowetta Satchell .... special thanks (as Rowetta)
Peter Saville .... special thanks
Phil Saxe .... special thanks
James Sherlock .... special thanks
Bernard Sumner .... special thanks
Johnny Vegas .... special thanks
Tony Wilson .... special thanks

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Rated R for strong language, drug use and sexuality
117 min
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Did You Know?

In 2003, Tony Wilson wrote a novelization titled "24 Hour Party People: What the Sleeve Notes Never Tell You" based on the screenplay for the film.See more »
Factual errors: 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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34 out of 42 people found the following review useful.
Two words: Fookin' Brellyint!, 24 February 2004
Author: Lexx-2 from Melbourne, Australia

This is, was and forever will be one of my favourite films of all time. A joyous love letter to the music, magic and madmen of Manchester, 24 Hour Party People is utterly, utterly exhilarating. Even if you don't know your New Order from your Durutti Column, you'll be hard-pressed not to get a kick out of Michael Winterbottom and Frank Cottrel Boyce's freewheeling depiction of a great time in pop culture.

In a nutshell, this is the story of a scene, a scene that grew out of the british punk explosion of the mid seventies. Inspired by the rising vibe in his home town, television presenter Tony Wilson, with the aid of colleagues Rob Gretton and Alan Erasmus created Factory Records. Factory is, as described in the film "an experiment in human nature", with no written contracts (barring one written on a napkin in Wilson's own blood) and total creative freedom for its acts. From the mid seventies to the early nineties, Factory launched a barrage of fresh and exciting talent on an unsuspecting world, ranging from punk (Joy Division, later to become New Order) to house (A Guy Called Gerald) and dance (Happy Mondays). At the centre of it all was Wilson, all the while balancing his empire building with a steady day job with Granada Television.

Winterbottom's film crams sixteen years of music history into under two hours, using and appropriately chaotic mix of storytelling techniques to rocket the story along. It's by no means an accurate account, (just listen to the commentary by Wilson on the DVD) but encapsulates the spirit of the Manchester Movement beautifully. The plot itself is split into two halves. Firstly, the early punk days, spearheaded by a promising quartet called Joy Division. Joy Division were the first notable artistic success of the label, but were hindered by controversy (the name was derived from the Nazi division of women who were used in an attempt to create the master race), gigs that often degenerated into brawls and most crucially, a talented, but troubled, severely epileptic lead singer, one Ian Curtis. The rapid rise and even faster fall of Joy Division anchors the first half.

The second half sees us bear witness to the birth of rave culture, aided along by one of Wilson's acts, the Happy Mondays. Formed by brothers Shaun and Paul Ryder, they blazed through Manchester in a blizzard of coke and heroin and shaped dance music in no small way. Oh, and they pretty much helped to run Factory into the ground.

Bouncing from hilarious comedy (a great deal of it improvised)to genuine poignancy (the decline of Curtis is heartbreaking stuff) the film is an utter triumph of wit, wonderment and technique. As Wilson, comedian Steve Coogan is nothing short of dynamic. Teetering on the right side caricature (and injecting a great deal of his Alan Partridge persona in to the mix) Coogan is the lynchpin for an otherwise wildly chaotic narrative. The entire cast do sterling work impersonating the Manchester luminaries of old (and by old, I mean young, before the drugs and booze). From Danny Cunningham's uninhibited Shaun Ryder to John Simm's gentle Bernard Sumner and Andy Serkis's fearsome Martin Hannet, (an arguably more fearsome character than Gollum if you ask me....) they're all great. But best of all is Sean Harris, who is simply unforgettable as Ian Curtis. He's so dead-on accurate its almost scary, from the haunted eyes and cheeky humor (witness his first meeting with Wilson) to the eccentric dance moves, its a performance that deserves every award in the book.

Oh and the music. Well if you're already a fan, I sure as hell don't need to say it, do I?

As it was, so it goes and so do I. See this movie before you die. Go on, rent it tonight, rent it now, buy it if you have to or if you're really desperate, just steal a copy. But please, see this movie, you won't regret it.

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