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Hysteria: The Def Leppard Story (2001)

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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Cast

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Nick Bagnall ...
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Steve Clark
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Rick Savage
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Phil Collen
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Joe Elliott
Tat Whalley ...
Rick Allen
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Peter Mensch
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Lorelei Shellist
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Tony Kenning
Danette Mackay ...
Mrs. Elliot
Matt Cooke ...
Barry Clark
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Joe Elliott Sr.
Emma Stevens ...
Mrs. Allen
Ivan Smith ...
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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 Kenneth Chisholm (kchishol@rogers.com)

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Music made them legends. Tragedy made them heroes.

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Biography | Drama | Music

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Rated R for some drug use | See all certifications »
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18 July 2001 (USA)  »

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Histeria - A História do Def Leppard  »

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Includes an entirely re-recorded version of the early Def Leppard song "Getcha Rocks Off", which was recorded without involvement of any Def Leppard members. See more »

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The lines down the center of British roads are not yellow but white. See more »

Quotes

Steve: You're gonna be all right for the concert?
Rick Allen: I'm gonna be the readiest one-armed drummer in the world. You?
Steve: Hell, I could live on stage, bud. You wanna keep me straight? Find me a gig to do 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, I'd be the happiest bloke around.
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pretty good, in a TV movie of the week way....
10 March 2002 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

It's nothing new or special if you have seen the Def Lepperd 'Behind the Music' episode, and I found some of the stuff-lip synching, concert set, etc-to be iffy-but otherwise, it's fine. The casting, acting, etc is good. The guys do look like Def Lepperd pretty much. You are hard pressed to get the bass player more than a cameo appearence, and that's not fair, he's been there since day one; and yeah predictably enough the drummer and doomed guitar player Clark are the ones the script centers in on. It's cliched stuff too.

But-the music is good, the band was good and important in their day, for a TV flick of the week it's alright. Beats the heck outta any 'Black Flag' or 'Ramones' bio either-it's about a group that actually sold records, filled up stadiums and had hits.

** outta ****


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