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Release Date:
18 July 2001 (USA) See more »
Music made them legends. Tragedy made them heroes.
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Great if you're a fan, good even if you're not... See more (48 total) »


  (in credits order)
Nick Bagnall ... Pete Willis

Karl Geary ... Steve Clark

Adam MacDonald ... Rick Savage

Esteban Powell ... Phil Collen

Orlando Seale ... Joe Elliott

Tat Whalley ... Rick Allen

Dean McDermott ... Peter Mensch

Amber Valletta ... Lorelei Shellist

Anthony Michael Hall ... Mutt Lange
Brett Watson ... Tony Kenning
Danette Mackay ... Mrs. Elliot
Matt Cooke ... Barry Clark

Larry Day ... Joe Elliott Sr.
Emma Stevens ... Mrs. Allen
Ivan Smith ... Doctor
Peter Farbridge ... Photographer

Jean Nicolai ... Tony's Girlfriend
Mary Katherine Harvey ... Gastroenterologist

Nigel Harvey ... Rick Allen's father
John Dunn-Hill ... Tool Factory Worker
Priscilla Mouzakiotis ... Miriam Barendsen
Amy Sobol ... Girl at Hospital
Simon Peacock ... Drum Tech

Andrea Sadler ... Woman at Accident
Jessica Hassoun ... Topless Girl #1
Victor Knight ... London Pub Owner
Daniel Murphy ... Engineer

Christine Solomon ... Groupie
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Barbara Bacci
Sébastien Boucher ... Late 70's dj

Carl Crevier ... Waiter

Michael Daniel Murphy

Max Walker

Jennifer Rae Westley ... Groupie

Directed by
Robert Mandel 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Christopher Ames 
Carolyn Shelby 

Produced by
Claudio Castravelli .... producer
Patricia Clifford .... producer
Jean Guy Despres .... producer
Suzanne Lauer .... associate producer
Original Music by
Christopher Lennertz 
Cinematography by
Eric Cayla 
Film Editing by
Neil Grieve 
Casting by
Shana Landsburg 
Production Design by
André Chamberland 
Art Direction by
Jean-Pierre Paquet 
Costume Design by
Michèle Hamel 
Makeup Department
Jocelyne Bellemare .... key makeup artist
Nathalie Garon .... assistant hair stylist
Kathy Kelso .... makeup artist: extras
Magali Métivier .... assistant makeup artist
Ronald J. Rolfe .... hair stylist
Production Management
Karl Archambault .... unit manager
Kristine Michaels .... production manager
Danny Turgeon .... assistant unit manager
Nicole Wilder .... production supervisor: VH1
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Kathleen Hamel .... third assistant director
Pascale Marcotte .... third assistant director
Christian Simard .... second second assistant director
Don Terry .... first assistant director
Art Department
Anne Faubert .... assistant decorator
Geof Isherwood .... storyboard artist
Philippe Lord .... assistant decorator
Tristan Tondino .... head scenic artist
Sound Department
Gary Alexander .... supervising sound re-recording mixer
Don Cohen .... sound mixer
Bob Costanza .... sound effects editor
Robert L. Harman .... sound effects re-recording mixer
Allen Hurd .... sound recordist
Dean St. John .... adr mixer
Special Effects by
Ryal Cosgrove .... special effects coordinator
Visual Effects by
Derrick Beckles .... visual effects coordinator
Barb Benoit .... digital artist
Rick Smith .... digital compositor: GVFX
Alexandre Cadieux .... stunt rigger
Jean Frenette .... stunt coordinator
David McKeown .... stunt driver
Michael Scherer .... stunt driver
Camera and Electrical Department
Isabelle Lecompte .... second assistant camera
Robert Stecko .... camera operator: "a" camera
Editorial Department
David Grecu .... assistant editor
Ken Weiler .... post-production coordinator
Music Department
George Doering .... musician
Darren N. Henson .... mix technician: score
Stan Jones .... music editor
David Low .... orchestra contractor
Dana Niu .... orchestrator
David Shaw .... composer: additional music
Transportation Department
Pierre Matte .... transportation coordinator
Jerome Wheeler .... driver production assistant
Other crew
Karine Brasseur .... researcher
Etienne Caron .... production assistant
Brian Farrah .... assistant to executive producer
Sophie Hector .... assistant: Patricia Clifford
Stephanie Michaud .... assistant to the producer
Martine Mongrain .... assistant to director
Sherri Rufh .... production coordinator
Benjamin Sales .... production assistant
Lucio Tomaro .... location manager
Elizabeth Tremblay .... script supervisor
Jon Turtle .... financier
Deborah L. Velarde .... production executive
Tim Winchester .... office runner

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Rated R for some drug use
90 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Did You Know?

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 »
Revealing mistakes: Another detail that shows that this was filmed in the US, rather than the UK, is the power lines in many street scenes. British cities (of which Sheffield is the fourth largest) pretty much all use buried cables for power. Some places still have poles for phone wires (although not usually in the inner city areas) but leaving aside tram/train overhead wire systems, and rural areas, there are virtually no above-ground power wires in British towns and cities.See more »
Rick:Why don't you back the hell off!
Joe:What? Now you. Rick wants to go lie on some beach somewhere.
Joe:[to Steve] You're probably sitting there trying to figure out how this is all your fault.
Joe:[to Sav] You want everyone to just be nice.
Joe:[to Phil] And you, what's your problem.
Phil:Right about now, you.
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2 out of 2 people found the following review useful.
Great if you're a fan, good even if you're not..., 23 August 2006
Author: eskovan1 from NY, USA

You really can't have too high expectations for a made-for-cable TV movie. And made-for-VH1 at that. With that in mind, Hysteria: The Def Leppard Story was a decent little bio-film. Yes, its too short and sometimes plays fast & loose with the facts, but it gets its main point across pretty decently. Namely, that Def Leppard were always best friends first and a great rock band second.

Although the film opens with Rick Allen's accident and then flashes back from there, it doesn't overly dwell on just the negative. It makes it clear that these were stand-up guys devoted equally to their friendship as to their music.

And even though the actors were obviously chosen based on their strong physical resemblance to each band member, all of them give really strong performances. They all come across as real people, and not at all as mere hired lookalikes. And even though the role is severely limited, Anthony Michael Hall gets the gist of producer Mutt Lange's role (although they made him American when he's actually British).

A few time-line errors: They show the band working on Pour Some Sugar on Me while Rick is in the hospital and before Mutt Lange rejoins them in the studio. In fact, Sugar was the last song on the Hysteria album to be written and it was in fact Lange who recognized it as a potential smash hit and insisted on its development & inclusion (even though they were already way behind schedule).

Also the final concert scene where Rick plays live again for the first time, this was actually at an outdoor concert in Germany. But there actually were people grumbling about a "freak show" in reference to a one-armed drummer (not fans, but members of another band that was also playing that gig). It does also accurately portray that Allen performed without a hitch that day and was warmly welcomed back by the audience.

The real members of Def Leppard themselves have gone on record saying that even though they had no input to it, overall, they were reasonably satisfied with this docudrama.

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