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

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Ntozake Shange (Narration)
Alan Slutsky (book)
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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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Documentary about the Funk Brothers, a group of Detroit musicians who backed up dozens of Motown artists. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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12 wins & 10 nominations See more »
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Cast

  (in credits order)
Richard 'Pistol' Allen ... Himself

Jack Ashford ... Himself

Bob Babbitt ... Himself
Benny 'Papa Zita' Benjamin ... Himself (archive footage)
Eddie 'Bongo' Brown ... Himself (archive footage)

Bootsy Collins ... Himself
Johnny Griffith ... Himself

Ben Harper ... Himself

Joe Hunter ... Himself
James Jamerson ... Himself (archive footage)
Uriel Jones ... Himself

Montell Jordan ... Himself

Chaka Khan ... Herself
Gerald Levert ... Himself

Joe Messina ... Himself
Meshell Ndegeocello ... Herself

Joan Osborne ... Herself
Rudy Robinson ... Himself
Tom Scott ... Himself
Earl Van Dyke ... Himself (archive footage)
Robert White ... Himself (archive footage)
Eddie Willis ... Himself
Brian Marable ... James Jamerson

Andre Braugher ... Narrator
Paul Riser ... Himself

Steve Jordan ... Himself - music producer
Eddie Holland ... Himself (as Edward Holland)

Don Was ... Himself
Otis Williams ... Himself

Martha Reeves ... Herself
James Jamerson Jr. ... Himself
Brian Holland ... Himself
Lottie Claiborne ... Herself - dancer
Jay Butler ... Himself - Detroit DJ
Alan Slutsky ... Himself
Dennis Coffey ... Himself
Nathan Watts ... Himself - Stevie Wonder's bassist (as Nate Watts)
Ralphe Armstrong ... Himself - Bassist
Penny Jamerson ... Herself
Alex Alexander ... Young Marvin Gaye
Donald Becks Jr. ... Young Uriel Jones
Gary Bosek ... Young Bob Babbitt
Michael Ellison ... Young Benny Benjamin
Otis Lockhart ... Young Robert White

Antoine McKay ... Young Jack Ashford
Mark Mutafian ... Young studio musician

Antonio Ramirez ... Young Eddie Willis
Kevin Smith ... Young Joe Hunter
Lynch R. Travis ... Young Earl van Dyke
Thomas Michael Ventimiglio ... Young Joe Messina
Joe Wheeler ... Young Richard 'Pistol' Allen
Paul Burt ... Funeral director
Lamont Witcher ... Exec
Aubree Gaston ... Older country girl
Deseray Teague ... Younger country girl
Tyler Blakely ... Country boy with fishing pole
William Stockdale ... James Jamerson as a child
James Herron ... Eddie Willis as a child
Patti Willis ... Bootsy dancer
Rashid Mausi ... Interviewer
Carla Benson ... Background vocalist
Keith Benson ... Background vocalist
John Ingram ... Background vocalist
Misty Love ... Background vocalist
Cherokee Pree ... Background vocalist
Delbert Nelson ... Background vocalist
Kizzy Jester ... Background vocalist
Dawn Blandford ... Background vocalist
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Florence Ballard ... Herself (archive footage)
Marcus Belgrave ... Himself
Ruth Brown ... Herself (archive footage)

Katie Chonacas ... Interview Subject

Fats Domino ... Himself (archive footage)

Marvin Gaye ... Himself (archive footage)

Berry Gordy ... Himself (archive footage)
Lottie 'The Body' Graves ... Herself

George Harrison ... Himself (archive footage)

Billie Holiday ... Herself (archive footage)

Mick Jagger ... Himself (archive footage)

Louis Jordan ... Himself (archive footage)
Ron Kischuk ... Himself

John Lennon ... Himself (archive footage)

Paul McCartney ... Himself (archive footage)

Karen Minard ... Diner customer and extra
Larry Nozero ... Himself

Elvis Presley ... Himself (archive footage)

Smokey Robinson ... Himself (archive footage)

Diana Ross ... Herself (archive footage)

Ringo Starr ... Himself (archive footage)

Sly Stone ... Himself (archive footage)
Big Joe Turner ... Himself (archive footage)
Jackie Wilson ... Himself (archive footage)

Mary Wilson ... Herself (archive footage)

Stevie Wonder ... Himself (archive footage)
Dave Daniels ... Motown Fan (uncredited)

Jennifer Secord ... Extra (dancer) (uncredited)

Dean Teaster ... Mo-Town Fan (uncredited)

Directed by
Paul Justman 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Walter Dallas  Narration
Ntozake Shange  Narration
Alan Slutsky  book "Standing in the Shadows of Motown"

Produced by
Richard Adler .... associate producer
Keith Benson .... associate producer
Jonathan Dana .... consulting producer
Paul Elliot .... executive producer
Janice Ginsberg .... associate producer
Paul Justman .... producer
Michael Q. Martin .... associate producer
Sandford Passman .... producer (as Sandy Passman)
Mary Petryshyn .... co-producer
Mary Petryshyn .... line producer
David Scott .... executive producer
Alan Slutsky .... producer
 
Original Music by
Alan Slutsky  (as Allan Slutsky)
 
Cinematography by
Douglas Milsome (director of photography)
Lon Stratton 
 
Film Editing by
Anne Erikson 
 
Casting by
Christine Claussen 
Julie Smith 
 
Production Design by
Rolfe D. Bergsman  (as Rolfe Bergsman)
 
Art Direction by
Amy Yaroch-Carroll 
 
Costume Design by
Scarlett Jade 
 
Makeup Department
Carol Branston .... key hair stylist
Carol Branston .... key makeup artist
Melissa Windham .... hair stylist
Melissa Windham .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Greg Brautigan .... assistant production supervisor
Joe Likins .... production supervisor
Michael Q. Martin .... post-production supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Tony Adler .... first assistant director
 
Art Department
Paul Anderson .... stagehand
Kelly Ross Carroll .... production carpenter (as Kelly Carroll)
John Connelly .... stagehand
Scott Eagle .... stagehand
Genesis Garza .... props
Jackson Lockard .... stagehand
Tim Miller .... stagehand crew chief
Ladonna Plummer .... props
Harry Pollock Jr. .... stagehand
Dexter Sieger .... stagehand
 
Sound Department
Salvatore Aluia .... assistant audio
Darren Barnett .... film re-recording mixer
Darren Barnett .... supervising sound editor
Scott Brewster .... dialogue editor
Bruce Danz .... concert sound
John W. DeMonaco .... boom operator (as John De Monaco)
Marshall Fawcett .... sound stage technician
Madeleine Garai .... sound coordinator: Power Post
Larry Goodwin .... supervising sound editor
C. Reed Hart .... assistant sound editor
Walter Hayman .... narration recordist (as Wally Hayman)
Jerry Jordan .... film re-recording mixer
John Kovac .... assistant sound editor
Edwin Lacanlale .... assistant sound editor
Marcel Lehrer .... post mix coordinator
Gene Leone .... narration recordist
Rick MacLane .... post mix engineer
Doug Madick .... foley artist
Peggy McAffee .... sound effects editor
Kooster McAlister .... sound recording engineer (as Kooster McAllister)
Dominik Meyer .... machine room operator
Tom O'Brien .... sound recordist
Andy Potvin .... consultant: Dolby
Paul Prestopino .... maintenance engineer
Chris Prinzivalli .... assistant recording engineer
Chris Prinzivalli .... sound recordist
Chris Prinzivalli .... sound
Jamie Scarpuzza .... location audio
Clive Taylor .... film re-recording mixer
Clive Taylor .... supervising sound editor
Luke Taylor .... assistant sound editor
Holger M. Thiele .... sound mastering engineer: re-mix & master (credited on new digital master)
Sean Wiedeman .... dialogue editor
Eric Williams .... sound effects editor
Scott Brewster .... voiceover recordist (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
Julie Fischer .... digital coordinator
Brian Fortenberry .... optical producer
Andrew Midgley .... optical producer
Christopher Dusendschon .... digital tape to film recording: THDX (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
W. Oliver Brown .... spotlight operator
David Brush .... first assistant camera (as Dave Brush)
Kate Clayton-Schild .... camera production assistant: South Carolina
Bill Coe .... first assistant camera
Dave De Brincat .... second assistant camera (as David Debrincat)
Frank Dorset .... grip
Darry Dusbiber .... gaffer
Dana Ellis .... spotlight operator
Brad Fanfalone .... second assistant camera
John Ferry .... electrician
Bryan Greenberg .... camera operator
Gregg Horvath .... first assistant camera (as Greg Horvath)
Sean T. Kelly .... grip (as Sean Kelly)
Chuck Martin .... photography: Oxberry
Jared Maxwell .... camera production assistant: South Carolina (as Jarred Maxwell)
Matt Molitor .... second assistant camera
Larry Morin .... concert lighting
Brian Murphy .... grip
Ben Nickelson .... camera production assistant: South Carolina
Tim O'Dea .... dolly grip
Jeff Piontkowski .... spotlight operator
J. Owen Rogers .... video assistant (as Jason Owen Rogers)
Dennis Rottell .... best boy electric
Robert Rycroft .... first assistant camera (as Rob Rycroft)
Karen Sas .... still photographer (as Sas)
Pat Smith .... crane operator
Bill Strachan .... dolly grip (as William Strachan Jr.)
John Strachan .... grip
Mark Strachan .... key grip
Paul Strachan .... electrician
Michael Tobin .... grip (as Mike Tobin)
Ed van Hall .... spotlight operator (as Ed Van Hall)
John Wendling .... electrician
Warren Wilson .... spotlight operator
 
Casting Department
Marti Bowling .... extras casting assistant
Cheryl L. Cook .... extras casting assistant (as Sheryl Cook)
Trish Damon .... additional casting
Adam Jordan .... extras casting assistant
Sandy Tharp .... extras casting intern
Cathy Thomas .... extras casting
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Lizzie Cook .... costume assistant
Bernadine Vida .... assistant costume designer
 
Editorial Department
James Frisa .... first assistant editor
Dale Gill .... post-production coordinator
Angela Jackson .... assistant editor
Joy Rencher .... negative cutter (as Joy L. Rencher)
Bob Sackter .... video colorist
Ginny Turner .... post-production services
Bob Wenokur .... studio post-production representative
Jim Williams .... color timer
Keri Winthers .... on-line editor
Perry Young .... dailies telecine
 
Location Management
Adam Jordan .... location assistant
Cathy Thomas .... location manager
 
Music Department
Larry Abramovitz .... musician: violin
Richard 'Pistol' Allen .... musician: drums
Orest Artymiw .... musician: violin
Jack Ashford .... musician: vibes and tambourine
Bob Babbitt .... musician: bass
Davis Barnett .... musician: viola
Tweed Beard .... musician: bassist
Marcus Belgrave .... musician: trumpet
Carla Benson .... singer: background vocalist
Keith Benson .... singer: background vocalist
Steve Beskrone .... underscore musician: acoustic and electric bass
Dawn Blandford .... singer: additional background vocalist
Joe Buono .... musician: French horn
Madeline Cabano .... musician: violin
Phil 'Ijinga' Chen .... additional musician: hand clapper
Phil 'Ijinga' Chen .... technician: bass (as Phil Chen)
Phil 'Ijinga' Chen .... underscore musician: electric bass (as Phil Chen)
Virginia Cunningham .... musician: French horn
Maurice Davis .... musician: trumpet
Angela Falco .... additional musician: flute & piccolo
David Giles .... musician: viola
Edward Gooch .... musician: trombone
Ted Greenberg .... additional musician: hand clapper
Ted Greenberg .... drum technician
Ted Greenberg .... music editor: Pro Tools
Ted Greenberg .... music re-recording mixer
Ted Greenberg .... post music producer
Ted Greenberg .... soundtrack producer
Ted Greenberg .... underscore musician: drums
Ted Greenberg .... underscore recordist
Johnny Griffith .... musician: keyboards
Dayna Hartwick .... musician: flute and piccolo
Michael Henderson .... musician: bassist
Richard Hotchkiss .... musician: cello
Joe Hunter .... musician: keyboards
The I.D.M.R. Detroit Choir .... singers: additional background vocalists (as The IDMR Detroit Choir)
John Ingram .... singer: background vocalist
Clarence Isabell .... musician: bassist
Joe James .... musician: bassist
Ron Jennings .... underscore musician: guitar
Kizzy Jester .... singer: additional background vocalist
Uriel Jones .... musician: drums
Steve Jordan .... music supervisor: "Cool Jerk" and "Do You Love Me"
Seth Justman .... additional musician: hand clapper
Seth Justman .... arranger: breakdown section of "What Becomes Of The Brokenhearted"
Ron Kerber .... underscore musician: alto sax
Ron Kischuk .... musician: trombone
Olga Konopelsky .... musician: violin
Misty Love .... singer: background vocalist
Kasuku Mafia .... musician: saxophone
Wade Marcus .... arrangements: original Motown
Luigi Mazzocchi .... musician: violin
Peggy McAffee .... additional music mixer
Joe Messina .... musician: guitar
Nathan Milisavljevich .... assistant engineer
Greg Morgenstein .... music recording engineer
Carl Mottola .... underscore musician: drums
Delbert Nelson .... singer: background vocalist
Joe Nero .... underscore musician: congas
Tony Newton .... musician: bassist
Pino Palladino .... musician: opening bass solo
Dee Pappas .... additional musician: piano and synthesizer
Sandford Passman .... additional musician: hand clapper (as Sandy Passman)
Michael Pedecin .... underscore musician: tenor sax
Tom Pellerito .... guitar technician
Anthony Pirollo .... musician: cello
Cherokee Pree .... singer: background vocalist
Harvey Price .... underscore musician: vibes
Paul Riser .... arrangements: original Motown
Paul Riser .... consultant: string and horn arranging
Rudy Robinson .... musician: keyboards
Ernest Rodgers .... musician: saxophone
Ritchie Rome .... consultant: string and horn arranging
Florence Rosensweig .... musician: violin
Tom Scott .... horns arranger: "You've Really Got A Hold On Me"
Tom Scott .... musician: flute and piccolo
Tom Scott .... musician: saxophone
Willie Shorter .... arrangements: original Motown
Alan Slutsky .... music adaptor: arrangements (as Allan 'Dr. Licks' Slutsky)
Alan Slutsky .... music transcriptor: arrangements (as Allan 'Dr. Licks' Slutsky)
Alan Slutsky .... musical director
Alan Slutsky .... musician: guitar (as Allan 'Dr. Licks' Slutsky)
Alan Slutsky .... post music producer (as Allan Slutsky)
Alan Slutsky .... soundtrack producer (as Allan Slutsky)
Alan Slutsky .... underscore musician: guitar (as Allan Slutsky)
Evan Solot .... underscore musician: trumpet
Igor Szwec .... musician: violin
Michael Tarsia .... recordist: strings
Clive Taylor .... music re-recording mixer
David Van DePitte .... arrangements: original Motown
Eddie Watkins .... musician: bassist
Craig Weiland .... additional musician: hand clapper
Joe Williams .... musician: bassist
Eddie Willis .... musician: guitar
Treaty Womack .... musician: congas
Bill Zaccagni .... underscore musician: baritone sax
Chris Zurzolo .... consultant: Pro Tools
Chris Zurzolo .... underscore recordist
 
Transportation Department
Cheo Ramsey .... transportation assistant
Tracey Sims .... transportation assistant
Ryan Zernec .... transportation assistant
 
Other crew
Danya Abt .... production assistant
Annie Ahearn .... script supervisor
Keith Benson .... roadie
April Campbell .... medic (as Dr. April Campbell)
Lizzie Cook .... production assistant
Cameron Cox .... title coordinator
Leonore Crystal .... post-production accountant
Christa Culler .... office production assistant
Walter Dallas .... narration consultant
Dave Daniels .... production assistant
Denise Ferullo .... support staff
Tim Grady .... production assistant
Bruce Grakal .... legal services (as Bruce V. Grakal)
Thomas R. Greenberg .... legal services
Marlus Harding .... production accountant
Tim Immordino .... production assistant
Stacy King .... production assistant
Seth Krugliak .... support staff
Heather Laface .... assistant: stock footage
Barb Lehto .... script supervisor
David 'Louie' Lukasik .... production assistant (as Dave 'Louie' Lukasik)
Dave Marsh .... historical consultant: Detroit
Titania Martinez .... assistant: Mr. Justman
Felix McKnight .... source: stills
Shaun McNally .... production assistant
Guy Morrison .... production assistant
Michelle O'Brien .... office intern
Alex Panagakis .... publicist
Sandford Passman .... legal services (as Sandy Passman)
Cathie Quinn .... assistant: Mr. Passman
Cheo Ramsey .... office production assistant
Rob Rawlins .... production assistant
Ed Roberson .... source: stills
Jonathan Rogers .... production assistant (as Jonathan 'JT' Rogers)
Tawny Rusch .... support staff
Marty Shea .... production coordinator
Michael Sherman .... legal services
Alexia Sims .... production coordinator (as Alexia 'Ali' Sims)
Tracey Sims .... office production assistant
Sally Steele .... publicist
Nicole Sylvester .... pre-production coordinator
William Todd .... accounting production assistant
Joseph Valente .... narration consultant
Craig Weiland .... roadie
Harry Weinger .... historical consultant: Motown
Patrick Welsch .... production assistant
Jennifer Worrell .... title coordinator
Larry Zabel .... production coordinator
Thomas Zambeck .... office intern (as Tom Zambeck)
Ryan Zernec .... office production assistant
Dawn Zoltek .... assistant: Mr. Slutsky
Dawn Zoltek .... stock footage coordinator
 
Thanks
Johnny Allen .... acknowledgment: The Funk Brothers and Producers would like to acknowledge all the other musicians who contributed to the Hitsville legacy, Arranger
Keith Allen .... special thanks: Title House Digital
Mark Allen .... special thanks: Title House Digital
Richard 'Pistol' Allen .... in memory of: 1932-2002, Funk Brother, now here in spirit
Gil Askey .... acknowledgment: The Funk Brothers and Producers would like to acknowledge all the other musicians who contributed to the Hitsville legacy, Arranger
Lanny Austin .... acknowledgment: The Funk Brothers and Producers would like to acknowledge all the other musicians who contributed to the Hitsville legacy, Saxophone
Clarence Baker .... special thanks
Paul Barker .... special thanks: The Motown Historical Museum
Darren Barnett .... special thanks: 5 Guys Named Moe, Inc.
H.B. Barnum .... acknowledgment: The Funk Brothers and Producers would like to acknowledge all the other musicians who contributed to the Hitsville legacy, Arranger
Tony Basile .... special thanks
Tweed Beard .... acknowledgment: The Funk Brothers and Producers would like to acknowledge all the other musicians who contributed to the Hitsville legacy, Bassist
Marcus Belgrave .... acknowledgment: The Funk Brothers and Producers would like to acknowledge all the other musicians who contributed to the Hitsville legacy, Trumpet
Jill Berliner .... special thanks
George Bohanon .... acknowledgment: The Funk Brothers and Producers would like to acknowledge all the other musicians who contributed to the Hitsville legacy, Trombone
Harry Bolling .... special thanks: Bo Macs
Joanne Boris .... special thanks
Thomas 'Beans' Bowles .... acknowledgment: The Funk Brothers and Producers would like to acknowledge all the other musicians who contributed to the Hitsville legacy, Saxophone/Flute/Piccolo
Jack Brokensha .... acknowledgment: The Funk Brothers and Producers would like to acknowledge all the other musicians who contributed to the Hitsville legacy, Percussion & Vibes
Steve Brown .... in memory of: for his love and never ending support
Don Buchsbaum .... in memory of
Teddy Buckner .... acknowledgment: The Funk Brothers and Producers would like to acknowledge all the other musicians who contributed to the Hitsville legacy, Saxophone
Katrina Cardin .... special thanks
Angelo Carlisi .... acknowledgment: The Funk Brothers and Producers would like to acknowledge all the other musicians who contributed to the Hitsville legacy, Saxophone
Victor Carstarphen .... special thanks (as Vic Carstarphen)
Lottie Claiborne .... acknowledgment: still photos courtesy of
Dennis Coffey .... acknowledgment: The Funk Brothers and Producers would like to acknowledge all the other musicians who contributed to the Hitsville legacy, Guitars
Dennis Coffey .... acknowledgment: still photos courtesy of
John Colbert .... special thanks: Baker's Keyboard Lounge
Kelly Coleman .... special thanks
Russell Conway .... acknowledgment: The Funk Brothers and Producers would like to acknowledge all the other musicians who contributed to the Hitsville legacy, Trumpet
Hank Cosby .... acknowledgment: The Funk Brothers and Producers would like to acknowledge all the other musicians who contributed to the Hitsville legacy, Saxophone/Arranger
Jeffrey L. Costell .... special thanks (as Jeffrey Costell)
Bob Cousar .... acknowledgment: The Funk Brothers and Producers would like to acknowledge all the other musicians who contributed to the Hitsville legacy, Trombone
Bernadette Cummings .... special thanks
Glenna Dailey .... special thanks
Ronnie Dashev .... special thanks (as Ronni Dashev)
Maurice Davis .... acknowledgment: The Funk Brothers and Producers would like to acknowledge all the other musicians who contributed to the Hitsville legacy, Trumpet
Carpenter Dewey .... special thanks
Ben Edmonds .... special thanks
Esther Gordy Edwards .... special thanks: The Motown Historical Museum (as Esther Edwards)
Lefty Edwards .... acknowledgment: The Funk Brothers and Producers would like to acknowledge all the other musicians who contributed to the Hitsville legacy, Saxophone
William Edwards .... special thanks: The Down River Lounge
Karen Ellis .... special thanks
Eli Fontaine .... acknowledgment: The Funk Brothers and Producers would like to acknowledge all the other musicians who contributed to the Hitsville legacy, Saxophone
Seth Friedman .... special thanks
The Funk Brothers .... acknowledgment: still photos courtesy of (as The Funk Brothers and Their Families)
James Gittens .... acknowledgment: The Funk Brothers and Producers would like to acknowledge all the other musicians who contributed to the Hitsville legacy, Keyboards/Percussion & Vibes
Edward Gooch .... acknowledgment: The Funk Brothers and Producers would like to acknowledge all the other musicians who contributed to the Hitsville legacy, Trombone
Fred Goodman .... special thanks
Jeff Goodman .... special thanks: Producers Library Service
Berry Gordy .... acknowledgment: The Producers and the Funk Brothers wish to extend a special thank you for their courtesy and their cooperation in the making of this film
Cornelius Grant .... acknowledgment: The Funk Brothers and Producers would like to acknowledge all the other musicians who contributed to the Hitsville legacy, Guitars
Dave Hamilton .... acknowledgment: The Funk Brothers and Producers would like to acknowledge all the other musicians who contributed to the Hitsville legacy, Guitars/Percussion & Vibes
Hennie Hamilton .... special thanks
Slide Hampton .... acknowledgment: The Funk Brothers and Producers would like to acknowledge all the other musicians who contributed to the Hitsville legacy, Arranger
Alex Hartnett .... special thanks
Dayna Hartwick .... acknowledgment: The Funk Brothers and Producers would like to acknowledge all the other musicians who contributed to the Hitsville legacy, Flute/Piccolo
Michael Henderson .... acknowledgment: The Funk Brothers and Producers would like to acknowledge all the other musicians who contributed to the Hitsville legacy, Bassist
Stephen Henderson .... in memory of (as Stephen 'Schmang' McKinley)
Billy Horner .... acknowledgment: The Funk Brothers and Producers would like to acknowledge all the other musicians who contributed to the Hitsville legacy, Trumpet
Charlie Howard .... special thanks: The Down River Lounge
Clarence Isabell .... acknowledgment: The Funk Brothers and Producers would like to acknowledge all the other musicians who contributed to the Hitsville legacy, Bassist
Joe James .... acknowledgment: The Funk Brothers and Producers would like to acknowledge all the other musicians who contributed to the Hitsville legacy, Bassist
Chris Jisi .... special thanks: Bass Player Magazine
Bill Johnson .... acknowledgment: The Funk Brothers and Producers would like to acknowledge all the other musicians who contributed to the Hitsville legacy, Trombone
Richard Johnston .... special thanks: Bass Player Magazine
Eddie Jones .... acknowledgment: The Funk Brothers and Producers would like to acknowledge all the other musicians who contributed to the Hitsville legacy, Trumpet
Floyd Jones .... acknowledgment: The Funk Brothers and Producers would like to acknowledge all the other musicians who contributed to the Hitsville legacy, Trumpet
Kristin Jordan .... special thanks
Paul Justman .... acknowledgment: stock footage courtesy of
Doug Kauffman .... special thanks: Nobody In Particular Presents
John Kellogg .... special thanks
Keith A. Klevan .... special thanks (as Keith Klevan)
Alan Kress .... special thanks
Seth Krugliak .... special thanks: 5 Guys Named Moe, Inc.
Patrick Lanier .... acknowledgment: The Funk Brothers and Producers would like to acknowledge all the other musicians who contributed to the Hitsville legacy, Trombone
Ronda Lee .... special thanks: Nobody In Particular Presents
Jerry Leiber .... special thanks
Bill Leigh .... special thanks: Bass Player Magazine
Theresa Leslie .... special thanks: The Motown Historical Museum
Robert Leveen .... special thanks (as Rob Leveen)
Ian Levine .... special thanks
Dubois Lindsay .... special thanks
Nick Lindsay .... special thanks (as Nick)
Ted Lobinger .... special thanks
Jerry Long .... acknowledgment: The Funk Brothers and Producers would like to acknowledge all the other musicians who contributed to the Hitsville legacy, Arranger
Clifford Mack .... acknowledgment: The Funk Brothers and Producers would like to acknowledge all the other musicians who contributed to the Hitsville legacy, Drums
Kasuku Mafia .... acknowledgment: The Funk Brothers and Producers would like to acknowledge all the other musicians who contributed to the Hitsville legacy, Saxophone
Helen Mallory .... special thanks
Jeff Mar .... special thanks
Wade Marcus .... acknowledgment: The Funk Brothers and Producers would like to acknowledge all the other musicians who contributed to the Hitsville legacy, Arranger
Dave Marsh .... special thanks
Mia Mata .... special thanks (as Mia Matta)
Janice Mathis .... special thanks: the Rainbow Push Coalition
Tammy McCrary .... special thanks
Felix McKnight .... acknowledgment: still photos courtesy of
Eugene 'Beebee' Moore .... acknowledgment: The Funk Brothers and Producers would like to acknowledge all the other musicians who contributed to the Hitsville legacy, Saxophone
Schuyler Moore .... special thanks (as Schuyler M. Moore)
William 'Wild Bill' Moore .... acknowledgment: The Funk Brothers and Producers would like to acknowledge all the other musicians who contributed to the Hitsville legacy, Saxophone
Jane Murray .... special thanks: Title House Digital
Tony Newton .... acknowledgment: The Funk Brothers and Producers would like to acknowledge all the other musicians who contributed to the Hitsville legacy, Bassist
Larry Nozero .... acknowledgment: The Funk Brothers and Producers would like to acknowledge all the other musicians who contributed to the Hitsville legacy, Saxophone
Ray Parker .... acknowledgment: The Funk Brothers and Producers would like to acknowledge all the other musicians who contributed to the Hitsville legacy, Guitars
Bernie Peacock .... acknowledgment: The Funk Brothers and Producers would like to acknowledge all the other musicians who contributed to the Hitsville legacy, Saxophone
Jean-Pierre Plunier .... special thanks (as J.P. Plunier)
Bobbye Hall Porter .... acknowledgment: The Funk Brothers and Producers would like to acknowledge all the other musicians who contributed to the Hitsville legacy, Percussion & Vibes (as Bobbye Porter)
Lugh Powers .... special thanks
Carl Raetz .... acknowledgment: The Funk Brothers and Producers would like to acknowledge all the other musicians who contributed to the Hitsville legacy, Trombone
Melvin Ragin .... acknowledgment: The Funk Brothers and Producers would like to acknowledge all the other musicians who contributed to the Hitsville legacy, Guitars (as 'Wah Wah' Watson)
Paul Riser .... acknowledgment: The Funk Brothers and Producers would like to acknowledge all the other musicians who contributed to the Hitsville legacy, Trombone/Arranger
Ed Roberson .... acknowledgment: still photos courtesy of
Jim Roberts .... special thanks: Bass Player Magazine
Rudy Robinson .... in memory of
Ernest Rodgers .... acknowledgment: The Funk Brothers and Producers would like to acknowledge all the other musicians who contributed to the Hitsville legacy, Saxophone
Beau Rogers .... special thanks
Tom Rolen .... special thanks
Soupy Sales .... acknowledgment: stock footage courtesy of
Ken Sands .... special thanks
Anita Saunders .... acknowledgment: The Funk Brothers and Producers would like to acknowledge all the other musicians who contributed to the Hitsville legacy, Harpist
Russell Schaaf .... special thanks: Trident Technical College, Charleston
Paula Schmidt .... special thanks
John Schoenith .... special thanks: The Roostertail (as John)
Michael Schoenith .... special thanks: The Roostertail
Richard Scott .... special thanks: Producers Library Service
Ted Sheely .... acknowledgment: The Funk Brothers and Producers would like to acknowledge all the other musicians who contributed to the Hitsville legacy, Keyboards
Willie Shorter .... acknowledgment: The Funk Brothers and Producers would like to acknowledge all the other musicians who contributed to the Hitsville legacy, Arranger
Don Slaughter .... acknowledgment: The Funk Brothers and Producers would like to acknowledge all the other musicians who contributed to the Hitsville legacy, Trumpet
Andrew Smith .... acknowledgment: The Funk Brothers and Producers would like to acknowledge all the other musicians who contributed to the Hitsville legacy, Drums
David Sonnenberg .... special thanks
Gordon Staples .... acknowledgment: The Funk Brothers and Producers would like to acknowledge all the other musicians who contributed to the Hitsville legacy, Strings (as Gordon Staples & The Detroit Symphony Strings)
Mike Stoller .... special thanks
Julie Sussing .... special thanks
Marvin Tarplin .... acknowledgment: The Funk Brothers and Producers would like to acknowledge all the other musicians who contributed to the Hitsville legacy, Guitars (as Marv Tarplin)
Joe Tarsia .... special thanks
Andrew 'Mike' Terry .... acknowledgment: The Funk Brothers and Producers would like to acknowledge all the other musicians who contributed to the Hitsville legacy, Saxophone
Greg Trattner .... special thanks
Johnny Trudell .... acknowledgment: The Funk Brothers and Producers would like to acknowledge all the other musicians who contributed to the Hitsville legacy, Trumpet
Hiram Tucker .... special thanks: The Down River Lounge
Dan Turner .... acknowledgment: The Funk Brothers and Producers would like to acknowledge all the other musicians who contributed to the Hitsville legacy, Saxophone
David Van DePitte .... acknowledgment: The Funk Brothers and Producers would like to acknowledge all the other musicians who contributed to the Hitsville legacy, Arranger
Larry Veeder .... acknowledgment: The Funk Brothers and Producers would like to acknowledge all the other musicians who contributed to the Hitsville legacy, Guitars
Frederick Waites .... acknowledgment: The Funk Brothers and Producers would like to acknowledge all the other musicians who contributed to the Hitsville legacy, Drums
Ronnie Wakefield .... acknowledgment: The Funk Brothers and Producers would like to acknowledge all the other musicians who contributed to the Hitsville legacy, Saxophone
Eddie Watkins .... acknowledgment: The Funk Brothers and Producers would like to acknowledge all the other musicians who contributed to the Hitsville legacy, Bassist
Clarence Wayne .... special thanks: Wonderland Music
Spider Webb .... acknowledgment: The Funk Brothers and Producers would like to acknowledge all the other musicians who contributed to the Hitsville legacy, Drums
Harry Weinger .... special thanks
Susan Whitall .... special thanks
Don White .... acknowledgment: The Funk Brothers and Producers would like to acknowledge all the other musicians who contributed to the Hitsville legacy, Trombone
Ernie Wilkins .... acknowledgment: The Funk Brothers and Producers would like to acknowledge all the other musicians who contributed to the Hitsville legacy, Arranger
Jimmy Wilkins .... acknowledgment: The Funk Brothers and Producers would like to acknowledge all the other musicians who contributed to the Hitsville legacy, Trombone
Herbie Williams .... acknowledgment: The Funk Brothers and Producers would like to acknowledge all the other musicians who contributed to the Hitsville legacy, Trumpet
Joe Williams .... acknowledgment: The Funk Brothers and Producers would like to acknowledge all the other musicians who contributed to the Hitsville legacy, Bassist
Patti Willis .... special thanks
John 'Little John' Wilson .... acknowledgment: The Funk Brothers and Producers would like to acknowledge all the other musicians who contributed to the Hitsville legacy, Trumpet
Ed Wolfrum .... special thanks
Richard 'Popcorn' Wylie .... acknowledgment: The Funk Brothers and Producers would like to acknowledge all the other musicians who contributed to the Hitsville legacy, Keyboards
 

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Also Known As:
"Standing in the Shadows of Motown: The Story of the Funk Brothers" - USA (promotional title)
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MPAA:
Rated PG for language and thematic elements
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108 min
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Australia:G | Canada:E (Ontario) | Denmark:A | Finland:S | Germany:0 | Hong Kong:I | Singapore:PG | South Korea:All | Switzerland:7 (canton of Geneva) | Switzerland:7 (canton of Vaud) | UK:PG | USA:PG (No. 39008)

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Title Card:In 1959, Berry Gordy gathered the best musicians from Detroit's thriving jazz and blues scene to cut songs for his new record company.
Title Card:Over a fourteen year period they were the heartbeat on "My Girl," "Bernadette," "I Was Made to Love Her" and every other hit from Motown's Detroit era.
Title Card:By the end of their phenomenal run, this unheralded group of musicians had played on more number one hits than the Beach Boys, the Rolling Stones, Elvis, and the Beatles combined...
Title Card:Which makes them the greatest hit machine in the history of pop music. They called themselves THE FUNK BROTHERS.
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18 out of 19 people found the following review useful.
Finally the "Funk Brothers" get their overdue recognition., 4 February 2004
Author: Paul Ferguson from Louisiana

Having purchased, listened to and loved Motown's records in the 60's and 70's, I often wondered who were the masterful (and usually uncredited) musicians responsible for so many top 10 hits. With "Standing In The Shadows of Motown", I was able to finally put some faces with the riffs that I admired.

Although many of the "Funk Brothers" are no longer with us, their legacies live on with those disks by the Supremes, The Four Tops, The Temptations, Smokey Robinson and the Miracles, Marvin Gaye, Martha Reeves and so many other great artists. The Funk Brothers defined soul and R & B music in its golden era. These guys played on records that sold in the millions and were being paid "scale" - sometimes as little as $25.00 per song at the time! Amazingly, most recordings were done in one or two takes; a testament to the talent portrayed in this movie.

If you love soul music, especially Motown's releases, this film is a must see. The recreations of the original songs by the remaining Funk Brothers and their guest performers are awesome!

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