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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During the first U.S. tour scene, in 1980, when the newspaper stories are superimposed over the band playing, you can read the line "Put down your pens, children. We have a winner for album of the year!" Later in the movie, in 1983, after the release of "Pyromania", the boys are sitting in a bar reading the great reviews and Phil reads this very same line out loud. See more »
[at a rehab session for Steve]
Here I am dragging you out here, to nursemaid me day after bloody day to sit in those bleeding confrontation sessions. I mean that's gotta be fun.
Mate, we come because we want to.
Every single one of us is behind you, mate.
Yeah? Then maybe you should have backed a better horse.
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Engaging look at one of the biggest bands of the '80's. Although peppered with some inaccuracies, the movie is well acted and quite absorbing. The band's rise is traced from their working-class roots to mega-platinum status, including their drummer's near-fatal car accident and triumphant return despite the loss of an arm, and their guitarists' battles with alcohol. The actors are far from look-alikes, but manage to bring through their real-life counterparts' personalities. Most noteworthy is a heartbreaking performance by Karl Geary as Steve Clark. While Orlando Seale dominates the film as the ambitious Joe Elliott, Adam MacDonald's portrayal of Rick Savage will send goosebumps down the arms of some fans. Die-hard fans will spot lots of gaps in the script, but should appreciate it for the tribute that it is intended to be.
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