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If I Should Fall from Grace: The Shane MacGowan Story (2001)

Music videos and archived footage supplement recent interviews in this documentary of ex-Pogues singer Shane MacGowan. We follow his life from the early days in Ireland and England, through... See full summary »



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Credited cast:
Philip Chevron ...
Herself (as Victoria Clarke)
Himself (archive footage)
Himself (music video: "That Woman's Got Me Drinking") (archive footage)
Philip Gaston ...
Himself (archive footage)
Kirsty MacColl ...
Herself - Song "Fairytale of New York" (archive footage)
Maurice MacGowan ...
Shane MacGowan ...
Therese MacGowan ...
Herself - song "Haunted" (archive footage)
Deirdre O'Mahony ...
The Pogues ...
Themselves (archive footage)


Music videos and archived footage supplement recent interviews in this documentary of ex-Pogues singer Shane MacGowan. We follow his life from the early days in Ireland and England, through his formation of - and later dismissal from - The Pogues, to his new band The Popes. Shane's family, friends, and former bandmates comment on the music, the rumors, and the alcohol. Written by sienel

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27 July 2001 (Ireland)  »

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The title is taken from The Pogues' 1987 album "If I Should Fall From Grace With God." See more »


Philip Chevron: If you had issues with alcohol there was no better - trust me - there was no better place in the world to bury them and hide them in than in The Pogues.
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You're the One
Written by Michael Kamen and Shane MacGowan
Performed by Shane MacGowan and The Popes with Maire Brennan
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A Beguiling Tale
12 November 2003 | by See all my reviews

Ozzy Osbourne is funny apparently. Drug and alcohol abuse makes a great TV experience. With merchandising and exploitation aplenty. So where does that leave this beautiful, sensitive and destructive soul known as Shane MacGowan ? He too has immersed his existence in such a fervour of drug and alcohol abuse which has resulted in massive mental injury and speech afforded a stroke victim. So surely he's next on the list for voyeur giggles.....?

Thankfully, he transcended the tabloid exposure and has been afforded a portrait of his life and sadly none too unique lifestyle, in this haunting and evocative film.

Before witnessing this biopic, I was not a McGowan/Pogues disciple. I was always aware of his life and read the many articles of varying coverage and rented this film to assuage my own growing guilt of drug and alcohol abuse and I was keen to experience this man in regard to own demons.

Narcissism aside, this is a triumph of outsiders looking in. A very sad and beguiling tale of a man riddled with a crippling sensitivity that is exposed through a compilation of interviews with Shane, his partner, band members and admirers, including a very poignant and refreshingly honest Nick Cave including a tapestry of archived clips and footage that paint the picture of the present footing of Shane MacGowan.

Somehow the film, though mired in a dark and brutal avenue, succeeds in elevating Shane and his predicament to a place of inspiration without condoning or encouraging the waste on display.

A Beautiful Gift....

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