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Telstar: The Joe Meek Story (2008)

 -  Biography | Drama | Music  -  19 June 2009 (UK)
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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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Mrs. Violet Shenton
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Clem Cattini
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Geoff Goddard
Ralf Little ...
Chas Hodges
Sid Mitchell ...
Patrick Pink
Mathew Baynton ...
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Billy Kuy
Callum Dixon ...
John Leyton
Tom Harper ...
Alan Caddy
Jon Lee ...
Nigel Harman ...
Carl Barât ...
Gene Vincent (as Carl Barat)
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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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landlady | instrumental | gay | shotgun | 1960s | See more »

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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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19 June 2009 (UK)  »

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Budget:

£1,250,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£22,343 (UK) (19 June 2009)

Gross:

£22,343 (UK) (19 June 2009)
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Trivia

The real Patrick Pink plays a stagehand, under the pseudonym "Robbie Duke". Joe Meek used the name "Robert Duke" for some of his compositions. See more »

Goofs

At the start of the film where Geoff Goddard first enters the Shenton's shop, the film is reversed. The shop name on the glass and the "Open/Closed" sign are back to front, and the lock, handle and bell are on opposite sides compared with the shot that follows. The first shot of Geoff Goddard entering the shop is shown in a round mirror. The frame can clearly be seen with the shop background behind it. See more »

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Stageplay first performed by the New Vic Workshop See more »

Connections

References The Krays (1990) See more »

Soundtracks

Three Coins in the Sewer
Composed by Alan Klein
Published by Carlin Music Corp
Performed by Alan Klein
Courtesy of Alan Klein under license 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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