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Only the Strong Survive (2002)

A film featuring the veteran soul music artists and music of Stax Records.

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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.

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Documentary | Music

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Rated PG-13 for brief language and a drug reference | See all certifications »
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15 August 2003 (Austria)  »

Also Known As:

Csak az erősek élik túl  »

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

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

When Something Is Wrong with My Baby
Written by Isaac Hayes & David Porter
Performed by Sam Moore
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Nostalgic trip
21 February 2005 | by (New York) – See all my reviews

Directors Chris Hegedes and D.A. Pennebaker's documentary, while not clarifying more about the musicians, evoke a bygone era and the glorious music these artists we see in the film gave us.

We owe a great debt of gratitude to the talented performers showcased in the film. They gave the American public, and the world at large, some of the best songs of the 20th century. Their stories are presented for their fans to cherish. We remember how great these artists were. These performers take us back to many hours of pure entertainment they gave to their adoring fans and how generous they were with their enormous talent.

We see in the movie giants of the popular music such as William Bell, Jerry Butler, The Chi-Lites, Isaac Hayes, Sam Moore, Ann Peebles, Wilson Pickett, Mary Wilson, Carla Thomas. among others.

Their stories and recollections are captured in the documentary. This is a film to cherish by all popular music lovers.


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