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Documentary about the Funk Brothers, a group of Detroit musicians who backed up dozens of Motown artists.

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In 1959, Berry Gordy Jr. gathered the best musicians from Detroit's thriving jazz and blues scene to begin cutting songs for his new record company. Over a fourteen year period they were the heartbeat on every hit from Motown's Detroit era. By the end of their phenomenal run, this unheralded group of musicians had played on more number ones hits than the Beach Boys, the Rolling Stones, Elvis and the Beatles combined - which makes them the greatest hit machine in the history of popular music. They called themselves the Funk Brothers. Forty-one years after they played their first note on a Motown record and three decades since they were all together, the Funk Brothers reunited back in Detroit to play their music and tell their unforgettable story, with the help of archival footage, still photos, narration, interviews, re-creation scenes, 20 Motown master tracks, and twelve new live performances of Motown classics with the Brothers backing up contemporary performers. Written by Anonymous

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They played on more #1 records than the Beatles, the Beach Boys, the Rolling Stones and Elvis Presley combined... This is their story. See more »

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Rated PG for language and thematic elements | See all certifications »
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30 January 2003 (Australia)  »

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Standing in the Shadows of Motown: The Story of the Funk Brothers  »

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Opening Weekend:

$114,442 (USA) (15 November 2002)

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$1,600,547 (USA) (21 February 2003)
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Montell JordanChaka Khan: [singing] Baby, there ain't no mountain high enough / Ain't no valley low enough / Ain't no river wide enough to keep me from getting to you.
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Dancing In The Street
by Marvin Gaye, Ivy Jo Hunter (as Ivy Joe Hunter) and William Stevenson
Performed by Martha & The Vandellas
Used by permission of Jobete Music Co., Inc., MGIII Music, NMG Music and FCG Music
All Rights Reserved
Courtesy of Motown Record Company, L.P.
under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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Under-appreciated National Treasures
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The mere fact that these 13 people created so much of the best of American music in virtual anonymity is reason enough to watch this movie. But the performances of those great songs...lots of them, make it a really special movie. I think they could have found some better current singers to perform with them in the concert but even Joan Osbourne can sound good with the Funk Brothers playing behind her. Maybe that's the point of the movie. Steve Jordan said it best though when he said that Deputy Dog could have sung to their tracks and made hits. And just for the record, I was kind of proud that at least 2 of the 13 were Caucasian. :-)


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