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

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£1,250,000 (estimated)

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£22,343 (UK) (19 June 2009)

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£22,343 (UK) (19 June 2009)
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There are several references to The Beatles throughout the film. Much of the original score for this film was recorded at Abbey Road Studios, which was the music recording studio where the Beatles recorded almost all of their singles and albums from 1962 to 1970, roughly corresponding to the time period of the film, 1961 to 1967. See more »

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The band is properly summonsed to magistrates' court for a traffic infraction, but they are then shown appearing before a judge in full robes. Magistrates are not Judges, and do not wear robes. Judges do not preside in UK magistrates' courts. See more »

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Referenced in The Wright Stuff: Episode #17.110 (2012) See more »

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Be-Bop-A-Lula
Composed by Gene Vincent and Tex Davis
Published by Carlin Music Corp and
Sony/ATV Music Publishing
Performed by Gene Vincent and His Blue Caps (as Gene Vincent & His Blue Caps)
Courtesy of EMI Records Ltd
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A hidden biopic gem
21 February 2015 | by (Birkenhead United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

(65%) At fifteen or so minutes in this pushed very few buttons for me, and as I had no idea who Joe Meek actually was, the temptation to give the remaining three quarters a skip and move on passed my mind, but I'm glad that I didn't because this heats up very nicely. Con O'Neill is sublime in the lead role as the hugely hyped-up, at times very angry, yet unquestionably passionate hit music creator during the swinging days of London in the 60's. The backing cast is made up of a host of UK talent, with Kevin Spacey adding even more quality to the production. This may be a bit to clumsily written at times with a script that feels a bit too much like a stageplay rather than a screenplay, but this is still an important piece of well told pop music history.


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