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An inside look at what it took to bring the Wu-Tang Clan together for their final performance at the Rock the Bells Hip-Hop festival.

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Credited cast:
D.J. Abilities ...
Himself (as Abilities)
Babu ...
Himself - Dilated Peoples (as D.J. Babu)
Jerome Baldwin ...
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Banger ...
Himself - Manager
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Himself - Wu-Tang Clan (as O.D.B.)
Cappadonna ...
Himself
D.J. Choc ...
Himself - D.J. (as Mr. Choc)
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Davey D ...
Himself - Journalist
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Himself - Public Enemy (as Chuck D)
Inspectah Deck ...
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DJ Dice ...
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Dilated Peoples ...
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Nader Elwan ...
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Eyedea ...
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Rock the Bells is a documentary on the preparation and realization of the original Wu-Tang Clan's final live performance. The film focuses on hip-hop concert promoter Chang Weisberg, whose Guerrilla Union production company showcases live hip-hop of a noncommercial bent. Weisberg comes across as a mixture of fanboy and snake-oil salesman, but it is his attention to detail that allows him to undertake what no other promoter had managed to accomplish in a long time: the presentation of the complete original lineup of the Wu-Tang Clan in live performance. Using a small, cohesive team of immensely likable, pleasant people, Weisberg navigates all the pitfalls of his endeavor with composure, even when the concert is in full-throttle. Hours before the concert is supposed to begin, the Guerrilla Union crew is forced to contend with an incompetent security team, an overanxious crowd on the verge of rioting, and the singular mania of the now deceased Ol' Dirty Bastard, in what amounts to a ... Written by Matthew Lehrer

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A tribute to the spirit of Hip-Hop.

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Written by Keith Shocklee (as James Henry Boxley III), Akil (as Dante Lamar Givens),
Soup (as Courtenay D. Henderson), Lucas MacFadden (as Lucas Christian Mac Fadden),
, DJ Nu-Mark (as Mark Ali Potsic), Chuck D. (as Carlton Douglas Ridenhour),
, Eric Sadler (as Eric T. Sadler), Charles Stewart (as Charles L. Stewart),
, Marc 7 (as Marc Freel Stuart)
Published by Inshallah Music, Macari and Me, Manphibian, Najla Music, Uppercut Music (ASCAP),
Songs of Universal (BMI) and Reach Global Music (BMI)
Performed by Jurassic 5 and DJ Nu-Mark (as DJ Numark)
Courtesy of Interscope Records
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Excellent!!!
18 June 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"Rock the Bells" plays out with an almost Shakespearean flow, from it's tantalizing rising action, to its satisfyingly refreshing denouement. A documentary that follows Chang, a concert promoter, who aims to assemble one of the best hip hop concerts of all time, "Rock the Bells" achieves what many documentaries are incapable of doing: showing the participants as living, breathing men and women who actually endeavor to accomplish something. It not only documents the final time the entire Wu Tang Clan performed together, but also shows an inside glimpse into their private, and little-mentioned family lives. With its crisp filmaking, excellent producing, and flawless editing, "Rock the Bells" proves itself to be one of the best documentaries, if not films, of the year.


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