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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

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)

Terri Seymour ... Herself (uncredited)
Simply Red ... Themselves (archive footage) (uncredited)
Siouxsie Sioux ... Herself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Paul Swan ... Skinhead (uncredited)
Paul Weller ... Himself - The Jam (archive footage) (uncredited)
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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 Oakley .... assistant makeup artist
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
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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In the scene at the Factory Records office, where the owners of London Records have arrived to discuss potentially funding the Happy Mondays studio time for their new album, the instrumental demo of the new album is played on the stereo. One of the members of the Happy Mondays is heard to say "I like that, turn it up". This phrase is included as a sample at the beginning of the Happy Mondays song "Mad Cyril" track 3 on the Happy Mondays second album, "Bummed"See more »
Continuity: 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 »
[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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17 out of 20 people found the following review useful.
Nicely done!, 9 February 2004
Author: Maksimilijan Bogosavljeviæ from Toronto, ON.

Like any other movie about rock music, documentary or not, '24 Hour Party People' packs its fair share of inside material and self-indulgent frivolity.

Due to a crammed timeframe of 20 years (essentially one big juggling act of people, bands and events) connecting all the dots required multiple viewings, even if I had certain prior knowledge of the Manchester music scene in the late '70s, '80s and the early '90s. Making matters still more difficult is the variety of extremely thick accents - to a point of entire sections of dialogue or monologue occasionally flying by with only a single word or two actually registering with me. While it added to film's authenticity, that got to be more than a bit annoying after a while. Where's that closed captioned TV set when you desperately need it?

As far as the treatment of the subjects themselves goes, the movie does an adequate job. I mean, when it gets right down to it, the only structure such a film can more-or-less follow is the basic listing of a series of real events (and in this particular case most of them already well documented). Naturally, as such it doesn't allow for a whole lot of substantial artistic freedom so the director employs many little asides, winks and nudges by our narrator Tony Wilson (often through the 'fourth wall') as well as visual tricks and, obviously, music to make this different from, say, something you might see on VH1's 'Behind the Music'. In addition to being one of the major driving forces behind the whole scene, Tony also held a full-time job at Granada TV all throughout this period, which the movie uses skillfully for comic relief.

Predictably (not that I'm complaining), things like: Ian Curtis' suicide, the opening of the Haçienda club, ascent and demise of Factory Records, Shaun Ryder's famously out-of-control & self destructive shenanigans, all receive special treatment. Through Steve Coogan's excellent performance, Tony Wilson, our guide through this zoo, comes off as a pretty fascinating fellow. Director Michael Winterbottom makes a wise choice in leaving out many details from his private life in favour of the music itself and the people who created it. Wilson's second wife and kids, for example, are barely mentioned - with a cheeky remark about Tony being a minor character in his own life story as an explanation for the lack of on-screen time devoted to them.

In the end, whether or not you enjoy '24 Hour Party People' will largely, if not entirely, depend on your level of familiarity or appreciation of the bands like Joy Division, New Order, The Happy Mondays and to a lesser extent of their punk inspirations and predecessors like The Stranglers, The Jam, Buzzcocks, Sex Pistols, Iggy Pop, Siouxsie and the Banshees, who are also depicted in the film.

Personally, even though I was always aware of the British new wave, most of its music & 'shtick' pretty much slipped under my radar so I recently started discovering it retroactively. Therefore, it was a blast to see a well-done, interesting film celebrating that era in popular music. These blokes created & performed honest, full-blooded, passionate tunes, which is the single most important thing that comes through the movie.

P.S: The Smiths, another famous and influential Manchester band are notably absent from much of the film. This is probably due to the fact that back in 1983 both Tony and New Order producer/manager Rob Gretton agreed their demo was crap, so instead to Factory they went to Rough Trade Records based in London. They're mentioned briefly at the end, though, when Tony speaks to God himself who among other things tells him: "it's a pity you didn't sign The Smiths". :) Brilliant!

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