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Telstar: The Joe Meek Story (2008)

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A music-infused drama about Joe Meek, the flamboyantly gay, tone deaf, songwriter-producer behind the '60s hits "Have I the Right," "Just Like Eddie," "Johnny, Remember Me" and "Telstar."

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In the early 1960s self-taught electronics whizz Joe Meek amazingly produces a string of home made hit singles from his studio in his flat above a leather shop in London. His biggest success is the instrumental 'Telstar' but accusations of plagiarism delay royalties. Joe's mercurial temper causes his artists to forsake him for other labels, in particular his young lover Heinz Burt. Now in debt and after unwisely parting from his chief financier Major Banks, Joe finds himself unable to control his life. Increasingly paranoid, believing he is being bugged by rival record companies and that everybody is out to get him, the last straw comes when landlady Violet tells him she is selling the building in which he lives. Joe had once confiscated a shotgun from Heinz. Now it is dangerously close at hand and about to end the Joe Meek story. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Hit after hit... someone's going to get hurt

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Biography | Drama | Music

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Rated R for language, sexual content and brief violence | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

19 June 2009 (UK)  »

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Box Office

Budget:

£1,250,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£22,343 (UK) (19 June 2009)
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Actors Nigel Harman, James Corden, Ralf Little and Callum Dixon play Jess Conrad, Clem Cattini, Chas Hodges and John Leyton respectively. The real Conrad, Cattini, Hodges and Leyton all appear in the movie themselves albeit in small cameo roles. See more »

Goofs

The legend reads 1965 when Mitch Mitchell is threatened with a gun while playing 'Night Of The Vampire' This song was recorded and released by the Moontrekkers in 1961 even predating Telstar. See more »

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Stageplay first performed by the New Vic Workshop See more »

Connections

References The Krays (1990) See more »

Soundtracks

Crawdaddy Simone
Composed by Ray Fenwick & Jeff Williams
Published by Ivy Music Ltd
Performed by The Syndicats
Courtesy of Ray Fenwick
under licence from RPM Productions Ltd
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For US viewers - well done!
4 July 2011 | by (Grand Rapids Michigan) – See all my reviews

I watched this last night and frankly, thought it was terrific. I was alive during this short period of musical history but was not aware of this story (and I ended up in the music business myself for the next 40 years). I see that a number of UK viewers are disappointed with the casting (apparently many are familiar TV stars) but for us in the USA this has no negative effect. Kevin Spacey is the only familiar face and frankly, I found his presence just a tad distracting, since 'anyone' could have played the part. Extremely well acted and directed. The musical segments are wonderful and I only wish they had been a bit longer. My only disappointment with the film is the thick British accent - a lot of dialog passed me by (there were no subtitles on the version I watched) but it's not a reason for US film lovers to pass this by. Fascinating story - and in my opinion, perfectly executed. See it!


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