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CBGB (2013)

 -  Drama | Music  -  11 October 2013 (USA)
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A look at the New York City punk-rock scene and the venerable nightclub, CBGB.

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CBGB follows the story of Hilly Kristal's New York club from its conceit as a venue for Country, Bluegrass and Blues (CBGB) to what it ultimately became: the birthplace of underground rock 'n roll and punk. When Kristal had difficulty booking country bands in his club on the Bowery he opened his doors to other kinds of rock music. Kristal had one demand of the acts he booked; they could only play original music. No top 40's, no covers. It was the credo he lived by, support the artist at whatever the cost. Hilly Kristal ironically became known as the godfather of punk giving a chance to such bands as Blondie, Television, Ramones, Talking Heads, Dead Boys and The Police. Written by anonymous

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50,000 bands and 1 disgusting bathroom.

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Rated R for language throughout, some sexual content, drug use, and a scene of violence.

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$5,000,000 (estimated)

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$4,000 (USA) (4 October 2013)

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$40,400 (USA) (18 October 2013)
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In the subway scene where Taxi is waiting for a train, a train which is shown passing by is a modern NYC transit train. NYC subway trains in the 70s did not have digital train information on the sides of the cars. See more »

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Legs McNeil: [Talking about a new magazine] Cool, I can be like the editor, or something.
John Holmstrom: No. I'm the editor and the illustrator.
Legs McNeil: Whoa... what does that leave me?
John Holmstrom: You're just a punk.
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"This film is dedicated to... Hilly Kristal and all those who worked at and lived at CBGB. MAY THEY ROCK ON FOREVER! No animals were harmed during the making of this film... The cockroach guts were Fig Newtons. And we know that Iggy Pop never played at CBGB... Just deal with it." See more »

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References White Zombie (1932) See more »

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Allemanda
from Partita No. 2 in D minor, BWV 1004
Written by Johann Sebastian Bach (as J.S. Bach)
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Missed opportunity but at least the music is good
24 August 2014 | by See all my reviews

Hilly Kristal (Alan Rickman) starts the legendary NYC club CBGB as a place for Country, BlueGrass and Blues. He's divorced with two kids and with two bankruptcies under his belt. The place is a hole and the neighborhood is a dump. The manager of Television Terry Ork (Johnny Galecki) approach him to play on their stage. Hilly's only demand is that they play original music. He doesn't like the music but there is something there. He only has his friend Merv Ferguson (Donal Logue) and junkie Idaho (Freddy Rodríguez) who Hilly is trying to help. His daughter Lisa (Ashley Greene) quits school, and hates his latest endeavor. When Television gets a writeup, she comes back to help him.

This is a mess of a style. There is the insistence of the comic strip visuals which only serves to distract. There isn't much of a story. Maybe that's why this movie needs the distraction. It's mainly a series of famous names. There is a side story of a bunch of kids starting a magazine. Again this is just another distraction that contributes nothing to the narrative. At least, this has some good music. Other than that, there is a story later in the movie as Hilly tries to manage a punk band The Dead Boys. By then, it's a little too little and too late. Also by concentrating on them, the movie loses its ace card, the great music. There is an obvious 'It's a Wonderful Life' story here. Instead Hilly Kristal is portrayed as a disinterested slob. The praise from The Talking Heads at the end of the movie is so much more compelling. That Hilly Kristal sounds like somebody that this movie should be about.


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