A dramatization of the early years of the hard rock band, Def Leppard, the group faces both success and personal tragedies such as drummer, Rick Allen losing his arm in a car accident and guitarist Steve Clark's alcohol addiction.
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In the late 1970s Britain, Joe Elliot joins a small time rock band that becomes Def Leppard. Soon taking control of the band with his perfectionism, Elliot and his mates strive to reach the top despite their personal strife that drives the less determined members away for more driven ones. By 1982, Def Leppard becomes a rock sensation, only to find that success has its own problems. Whether it be drummer Rick Allen's dismembering accident or guitarist Steve Clark's equally self-destructive alcoholism, the band struggles to keep the loyalty, tenacity and creativity that would make the group one of the greatest in rock history. Written by
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I truly enjoyed Hysteria: The Def Leppard Story. It showed how the young lads from the depressing industrial city of Shefield England rose to the top of the heavy metal world. Alot of the movie deals with Rick Allen, the groups drummer, overcoming his infamous car crash where he loses his left arm and has to learn a new style of playing drums. Steve Clark was shown as a charismatic, yet insecure lead guitar player, who faces the demons of alcoholism, stage fright, and an overly-critcal father. Joe Elliott was portrayed as the driving force behind the group, a powerful lead singer who would be willing to "cut his gonads off to get out of Shefield." I wish the story would have concentrated a little more about Rick Savage, the groups bass player. After watching the movie, I still knew very little about him. Phil Collen,as a replacement guitarist for the ousted original founder of the band, Pete Willis, was a superb guitar player and had a great sense of humor. Phil and Steve were good together as the "Terror Twins" who partied hardy every night, until Phil decided to quit drinking. "What if I black-out and end up like Rick?
I enjoyed the songs and soundtrack of the movie. I thought the story was well done, considering that it was only a 90 minute TV movie. I know the movie wasn't perfect, yet I thought it was interesting and very powerful!
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