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The Wrecking Crew! (2008)

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A celebration of the musical work of a group of session musicians known as "The Wrecking Crew", a band that provided back-up instrumentals to such legendary recording artists as Frank Sinatra, The Beach Boys and Bing Crosby.

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A celebration of the musical work of a group of session musicians known as "The Wrecking Crew", a band that provided back-up instrumentals to such legendary recording artists as Frank Sinatra, The Beach Boys and Bing Crosby.

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There Was Only One Band Behind Them All

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Documentary | Music

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Rated PG for language, thematic elements and smoking images | See all certifications »

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13 March 2015 (USA)  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$56,858 (USA) (13 March 2015)

Gross:

$800,521 (USA) (17 July 2015)
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(Buenos Aires Festival Internacional de Cine Independiente)

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Although completed in 2008, the film wasn't released until 2015. The reason for the gap was problems with music licensing rights. It took a Kickstarter campaign to raise the $200,000 to clear them. See more »

Goofs

A sequence showing an unseen hand flipping through a record bin containing albums on which the Wrecking Crew played. But one of the LP's is the Supremes' "Where Did Our Love Go?," whose backing was played by Motown's Detroit-based house band, the Funk Brothers, not the Wrecking Crew. See more »

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Hal Blaine: [last line of Movie] What do you call a trombone player with a beeper?
Hal Blaine: An optimist.
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References Columbo (1971) See more »

Soundtracks

Eve Of Destruction
Written by P.F. Sloan (as Phil Sloan)
Performed by Barry McGuire
Courtesy of MCA Records
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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If you're over 60 or a musician, you need to see this
2 April 2015 | by (SF, CA) – See all my reviews

Even if you didn't grow up with the music, you're bound to recognize nearly all of it. And the film is done well enough that you should enjoy it even if the subject matter doesn't fascinate you right off the bat.

I first saw this film as a preview in Alameda when the director was showing it in private screenings to raise the money to pay the royalties. There are a lot of very famous, well-known songs and he was determined to see everyone got paid. After all, it's about a group of studio musicians who worked for a living.

Just saw it again, and it wears extremely well. It's a documentary, and there's naturally there's some nostalgia, but mostly it's a celebration that mirrors the light-hearted spirit of one of the main subjects, the director's father, Tommy Tedesco.

Like I said up front, if you grew up in the 60's or are a musician, it's a must see. For me it's a 9, but I lowered the rating a point as I realize not everyone is going to be as fascinated by the subject matter as I am.


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