6.8/10
208
10 user 11 critic

Only the Strong Survive (2002)

Trailer
1:45 | Trailer

Watch Now

From $2.99 on Amazon Video

ON DISC
A film featuring the veteran soul music artists and music of Stax Records.
1 nomination. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Documentary | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Between 2013 and 2015 a group of nonprofit attorneys seek nonhuman clients for whom they can advocate in two US territories, in order to establish legal person-hood for apes, elephants and cetaceans in the USA.

Directors: Chris Hegedus, D.A. Pennebaker
Documentary | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

This is a documentary about the musical artists who performed the songs in the Coen Brothers' film O Brother, Where Art Thou?

Directors: Nick Doob, Chris Hegedus, and 1 more credit »
Stars: Ralph Stanley, Emmylou Harris, Evelyn Cox
Elaine Stritch at Liberty (TV Movie 2002)
Documentary | Comedy | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  
Directors: Nick Doob, Chris Hegedus, and 3 more credits »
Stars: Elaine Stritch, Rick Borutta, Rob Bowman
The War Room (1993)
Documentary | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

A documentary of the Bill Clinton 1992 presidential campaign and the organization who ran it.

Directors: Chris Hegedus, D.A. Pennebaker
Stars: James Carville, George Stephanopoulos, Heather Beckel
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
Directors: Chris Hegedus, D.A. Pennebaker
Stars: Philip Bosco, Carol Burnett, Jane Connell
Startup.com (2001)
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Traces the birth and failure of new media company govWorks.com.

Directors: Chris Hegedus, Jehane Noujaim
Stars: Kaleil Isaza Tuzman, Tom Herman, Kenneth Austin
Monterey Pop (1968)
Documentary | History | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

A film about the greatest pre-Woodstock rock music festival.

Director: D.A. Pennebaker
Stars: Otis Redding, Jimi Hendrix, Ravi Shankar
Documentary | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

Documentary covering Bob Dylan's 1965 tour of England, which includes appearances by Joan Baez and Donovan.

Director: D.A. Pennebaker
Stars: Bob Dylan, Albert Grossman, Bob Neuwirth
Keine Zeit (1996)
Documentary | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  
Directors: Chris Hegedus, D.A. Pennebaker
Stars: Marius Müller-Westernhagen
The Return of the War Room (TV Movie 2008)
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Those who played prominent roles in Clinton's 1992 Presidential campaign return to discuss how politics and the media have changed since that time.

Directors: Chris Hegedus, D.A. Pennebaker
Stars: Paul Begala, Bob Boorstin, Lisa Caputo
DeLorean (1981)
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

In 1973, John DeLorean was most likely going to be the next president of General Motors, when he turned his back on his $650,000 a year job and focused on a grander dream... to build his ... See full summary »

Directors: Chris Hegedus, D.A. Pennebaker
Stars: John DeLorean, Dick Brown, Chuck Bennington
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Directors: Chris Hegedus, D.A. Pennebaker
Stars: Norman Mailer, Germaine Greer, Diana Trilling
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
Himself
Carla Thomas ...
Herself
...
Himself
...
Himself
...
Herself
...
Himself
The Chi-Lites ...
Themselves
Ann Peebles ...
Herself
...
Himself
Jaye Michael Davis ...
Himself
Don Bryant ...
Himself
Luther Ingram ...
Himself
Joyce Moore ...
Herself
Jon Tiver ...
Himself
Gail Webb ...
Herself
Edit

Storyline

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

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

A celebration of soul.

Genres:

Documentary | Music

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

15 August 2003 (Austria)  »

Also Known As:

Csak az erősek élik túl  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$57,322 (USA) (4 July 2003)
 »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Soundtracks

Walking the Dog
Written and Performed by Rufus Thomas
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Bursting with SOUL!
17 April 2005 | by (Chicago, IL) – See all my reviews

Taken from R&B pioneer Jerry Butler's most enduring hit, the title of this upbeat, soulful documentary provides an evolution of R&B in the cities across the nation where soul music flourished between 1960 and 1975.

Opening with 82 year old Rufus Thomas, referred to as Memphis' "Other King," he was still broadcasting his popular weekly program in Memphis, credited with giving soul music and R&B its start, moving on to Philadelphia, New York, Chicago and Detroit. A legend in his own right, as a disc jockey, Rufus was the first to play Elvis Presley records for black audiences.

Loaded with incredible concert footage, the performers prove that they can still enthrall audiences in an undiminished capacity years after their peak of popularity. The ageless Wilson Pickett is mesmerizing as ever on stage, while Jerry Butler croons a smooth love song. Sam Moore is truly electrifying, especially when he performs "When Something Is Wrong With My Baby." Isaac Hayes is honored, calling attention to his major role at Stax Records, where he wrote or co-wrote many of its major hits. Most touching is Rufus Thomas, who recently died at 84, in a duet with daughter Carla on "Night Time Is the Right Time." Sam Moore recalls his dark days as a drug pusher, and despite his age (and a triple bypass) Rufus Thomas delivers a dynamic performance (sadly, he died in December 2001, just as "Only the Strong Survive" was being completed for its premiere at Sundance).

This graceful film also showcases soul music legends Mary Wilson, the Chi-Lites, Carla Thomas and Ann Peebles, exuding a lack of bitterness and gratefulness for the good things and a relentless energy to continue on with their talents as the true artists that they are.


4 of 5 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
does any one know?? minigeez
Discuss Only the Strong Survive (2002) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page