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Only the Strong Survive (2002)

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A film featuring the veteran soul music artists and music of Stax Records.
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Carla Thomas ...
The Chi-Lites ...
Ann Peebles ...
Jaye Michael Davis ...
Don Bryant ...
Luther Ingram ...
Joyce Moore ...
Jon Tiver ...
Gail Webb ...


Stax Records launched the careers of Otis Redding, Sam & Dave, Carla & Rufus Thomas, and Booker T. & The MGs back in the 1960s and 70s. But then disco hit big and all but wiped soul music off the map. This documentary harkens back to the golden era of soul and catches up with the carriers of the Stax dynasty, including Wilson Pickett, Sam Moore, Mary Wilson, Isaac Hayes, and The Chi Lites. Written by Anonymous

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A celebration of soul.


Documentary | Music

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for brief language and a drug reference | See all certifications »




Release Date:

15 August 2003 (Austria)  »

Also Known As:

Csak az erősek élik túl  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$22,035 (USA) (9 May 2003)


$57,322 (USA) (4 July 2003)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Someday We'll Be Together
Written by Jackey Beavers, John Bristol and Harvey Fuqua
Performed by Mary Wilson
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27 December 2004 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

this is the music that shaped my teenage years. this is the music that taught me and showed me real emotion. i used to see some of these performers at the Apollo theater in Harlem- i was one of the few white cats who wandered up there. i cant remember another music documentary where the performers are more willing to hang their hearts and souls on their sleeves. and they are well past their performing prime, but not past their soul and their talent. please don't try and use standard movie ideas to dissect this movie. it is as heartful, soulful as human as you will ever see "performers" let us into their life. if you love this music, if you truly love this music, if you understand that this music was the bridge that took early "rock" (Bill Haley, Elvis) and gave it a fullness and a depth and a sophistication that laid the ground for everything to follow, see it IMMEDIATELY

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