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4 October 2011 (UK) See more »
Plot:
Inter-cut with archive material, friends, family and associates of the musician tell the story of his life and how spirituality became such a major part of it. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
Won 2 Primetime Emmys. Another 4 wins & 10 nominations See more »
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A few clarifications See more (27 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)

George Harrison ... Himself

Paul McCartney ... Himself

John Lennon ... Himself

Ringo Starr ... Himself
Louise Harrison ... Herself
Harold Harrison ... Himself
Harry Harrison ... Himself
Peter Harrison ... Himself

Olivia Harrison ... Herself (wife)

Dhani Harrison ... Himself (son)

Eric Clapton ... Himself

Pattie Boyd ... Herself
Pete Best ... Himself (archive footage)
Cynthia Lennon ... Herself (archive footage) (as Cynthia Powell)

Julian Lennon ... Himself (archive footage)
Mimi Smith ... Herself (archive footage) (as Mary Elizabeth Smith)
Stuart Sutcliffe ... Himself (archive footage)
Astrid Kirchherr ... Herself

Klaus Voormann ... Himself
Neil Aspinall ... Himself
Mal Evans ... Himself (archive footage)
Brian Epstein ... Himself (archive footage)
Maureen Starkey ... Herself (archive footage) (as Maureen Cox)

Jane Asher ... Herself (archive footage)

George Martin ... Himself
Derek Taylor ... Himself (archive footage)
Joan Taylor ... Herself
Gene Vincent ... Himself (archive footage)
Jimmie Nicol ... Himself (archive footage)

Mick Jagger ... Himself (archive footage)
Peter Brown ... Himself (archive footage)

Ravi Shankar ... Himself
Lakshmi Shankar ... Herself (archive footage)
Alla Rakha ... Herself (archive footage)
Maharishi Mahesh Yogi ... Himself (archive footage)
Ken Scott ... Himself

Jane Birkin ... Herself
Suki Potier ... Herself (archive footage)

Jack MacGowran ... Himself (archive footage)

David Hemmings ... Himself (archive footage)
Gillian Hills ... Herself (archive footage)

Yoko Ono ... Herself

Jimi Hendrix ... Himself (archive footage)

Bob Dylan ... Himself (archive footage)

Joe Cocker ... Himself (archive footage)

Linda McCartney ... Herself (archive footage) (as Linda Eastman)
Mukunda Goswami ... Himself
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Matt Cimber ... Himself (archive footage)
Ray Cooper ... Himself
Rod Davis ... Himself (archive footage)
Len Garry ... Himself (archive footage)

Terry Gilliam ... Himself
Billy Graham ... Himself (archive footage)
Eric Griffiths ... Himself (archive footage)
Colin Hanton ... Himself (archive footage)

Eric Idle ... Himself
Jim Keltner ... Himself
Jeff Lynne ... Himself

Jayne Mansfield ... Herself (archive footage)
Malcolm Muggeridge ... Himself (archive footage)

Tom Petty ... Himself
Princess Margaret ... Herself (archive footage)
Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother ... Herself (archive footage)
Keith Relf ... Himself (archive footage)
Pete Shotton ... Himself (archive footage)

Phil Spector ... Himself

Jackie Stewart ... Himself
Ivan Vaughan ... Himself (archive footage)

Directed by
Martin Scorsese 
 
Produced by
Margaret Bodde .... executive producer
Rachel Cooper .... associate producer
Erin Edeiken .... associate producer
Blair Foster .... supervising producer
Olivia Harrison .... producer
Tia Lessin .... consulting producer
Scott Pascucci .... executive producer: Grove Street
Martin Scorsese .... producer
Nigel Sinclair .... producer
Emma Tillinger Koskoff .... executive producer: Sikelia Productions
 
Cinematography by
Martin Kenzie 
Robert Richardson 
 
Film Editing by
David Tedeschi 
 
Production Management
Michele Farinola .... executive in charge of production
Glen Zipper .... executive in charge of production
 
Sound Department
Bob Chefalas .... sound re-recording mixer
Chris Fielder .... assistant sound editor
Tom Fleischman .... sound re-recording mixer
Dudley Houlden .... sound recordist
Bret Johnson .... sound re-recordist
Michael Miller .... adr mixer
Juan Nunez .... sound recordist
Barry O'Sullivan .... sound mixer
Philip Stockton .... supervising sound editor
Paul Tirone .... sound re-recordist
Stuart Wilson .... sound recordist
Allan Zaleski .... sound editor
 
Visual Effects by
Christian Kontis .... digital restoration artist
Robert Legato .... visual effects
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Russell Carpenter .... camera operator
John Colley .... gaffer: UK
Paul Daley .... gaffer
Stuart Dryburgh .... camera operator
Hugues Espinasse .... first assistant camera
Simon Harding .... camera operator
Ellen Kuras .... camera operator
Robert Leacock .... additional cinematographer
Rob Muthamia .... assistant camera
David Penfold .... first assistant camera
Robert Richardson .... camera operator
Lisa Rinzler .... camera operator
Harris Savides .... camera operator
Peter Suschitzky .... camera operator
 
Editorial Department
Molle DeBartolo .... digital intermediate producer
Joe Gawler .... digital intermediate colorist
Alan Lowe .... assistant editor
Ryan McMahon .... additional on-line editor
Benjamin Murray .... on-line editor
Michael J. Palmer .... first assistant editor
Francis Power .... post-production supervisor
Justin Krohn .... assistant editor (uncredited)
Paul Staples .... archive telecine (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Jennifer L. Dunnington .... music editor
Annette Kudrak .... additional music editor
Giles Martin .... additional music producer
Giles Martin .... music production
Joe Rudge .... music clearances
 
Other crew
Jim Berkenstadt .... historical consultant
Marissa Branson .... additional research
Jenny Carchman .... additional production supervisor
Trevor Davidoski .... production coordinator
Sam Dwyer .... additional research
Harry Eagle .... production assistant: uk
Steve Fletcher .... database consultant
Lisa Frechette .... assistant: Martin Scorsese
Danny Gardner .... production assistant
Mátyás Haraszti .... lead translator
Ben Holden .... representative: Spitfire Pictures
Anne Hummel .... additional research
Bomber Hurley-Smith .... researcher
Tia Lessin .... consultant: executive producer
Addison Mehr .... post-production assistant: sikelia productions
Allison Niedermeier .... production assistance
Brett Rader .... production assistant
Richard Radford .... chief archivist
Annie Salsich .... additional research
Adriano Valentini .... production assistant
Andrew Wright .... additional research
 
Thanks
Anna Lascurain .... special thanks
 

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USA:208 min
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Trivia:
The film contains previously unseen private letters, home movie footage and intimate personal recollections of George Harrison.See more »
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Referenced in Rewind This! (2013)See more »
Soundtrack:
Savoy TruffleSee more »

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8 out of 12 people found the following review useful.
A few clarifications, 6 May 2012
Author: kdhymes from United States

I can't claim direct knowledge of the topics addressed by many reviewers here, but I can say that I have read just about every significant book published about The Beatles in general, and Harrison in particular. I totally understand the issues people express about this film: long without being either balanced or comprehensive; curiously silent on some key events (perhaps Olivia Harrison's wishes are a factor here?); missing some key points of view (though getting Dylan, for example, to talk about anything in a useful way is notoriously difficult). But I feel I must address a couple of points raised.

1. Re: Concert for Bangladesh. The amount raised by the concert itself was about a quarter of a million dollars. Sales of the iterations of the album and the movie raised about 12 million, to be administered by UNICEF. The money DID go to refugee relief, BUT was delayed by 11 years because of the failure of organizers to apply for tax-exempt status. So... bad planning, but not a scam or a failure.

2. Re: Harrison's relative contribution to the Beatles. On the one hand, the evidence is quite clear that Ringo was far more crucial to the Beatles sound in the studio than Harrison - the band simply did not function well with any other drummer (rumors of McCartney sitting in are based on photos, not the meticulous records kept by Abbey Road; when Ringo quit for 6 weeks in 1968, numerous replacements including Ginger Baker were tried, and no one was able to provide the subtle and generous and dare I say feminine approach that the Beatles suddenly discovered was a key ingredient in their process, causing them to beg for his return). Harrison was great at coming up with carefully planned, often double-tracked parts, which added beauty and flavor at a higher level than McCartney or Lennon could offer (the 15 seconds or so of Harrison on Getting Better, e.g., truly makes the recording). But he was an indifferent electric rhythm guitar player in my opinion. His songs were only occasionally as good as L&M's, however there is no denying the fact, attested to by Martin, Parsons, and others, that Harrison got short shrift in studio time to realize his ideas.

It is essential to keep in mind that L&M were given INCREDIBLE amounts of time for the era, virtually unlimited takes after 1965, to get the basic tracks right, and then to try dozens of approaches to the sweetening and vocals. Harrison was never given this opportunity until the last two real albums produced (White Album and Abbey Road), and suddenly his work shows a massive uptick in quality, both of writing and execution (Savoy Truffle, Piggies, Something, Long Long Long, Here Comes the Sun, While My Guitar Gently Weeps - all of these outclass his earlier work by miles). It can't be a coincidence that once the Beatles essentially stopped being a team and became each others' session players, Harrison flourished. Also worth noting that he produced the first truly satisfying album as a solo artist, All Things Must Pass - overly long, but a big hit and a good listen, using in part songs he had been carrying around for a few years.

With regard to the contradictions between his lifestyle and his purported spiritual values - in what way is this unusual or even notable? Seems like standard operating procedure for entertainment celebrities to either need a frame of self-justification, or to have trouble avoiding the temptations of riches, or both.

I obviously appreciate Harrison's work, but I'm not an uncritical fan - his "middle period" of solo work is pretty awful, just a few songs are keepers; and even Cloud Nine is really a few good songs surrounded by oddly paced, indifferently written material. His last album, Brainwashed, is weird but really interesting, and at a higher level lyrically than anything he had done since All Things Must Pass.

He was who he was: not a genius on the level of L&M, but an ingredient in their recorded output that would be sorely missed were we somehow able to remove it. And there is an argument that his presence and his influence enriched the Beatles philosophically, lyrically and musically. They were very competitive: if George was spiritual, well by jove they were going to be spiritual too. A thin veneer of spirituality perhaps, on lives that were primarily about fame and money and art, but again an ingredient that, if not present, would have made the Beatles a very different band.

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