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A look at the New York City punk-rock scene and the venerable nightclub, CBGB.

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Storyline

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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Drama | Music

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

11 October 2013 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

CBGB: O Berço do Punk Rock  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$5,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$40,400 (USA) (18 October 2013)
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Trivia

Ryan Hurst, Donal Logue and Darin Heames were all on Sons of Anarchy. See more »

Goofs

When "The Police" perform Roxanne for Hilly, the studio version is used, complete with the infamous sound of Sting accidentally sitting on a piano during the recording at the beginning of the track. They edited out his laugh afterward but did not edit out the piano chord. See more »

Quotes

Judge: This is your second failed attempt to run a bar.
Hilly Kristal: A club.
Judge: Divorced and two bankruptcies. Perhaps you should try something else.
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Crazy Credits

"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 »

Connections

References White Zombie (1932) See more »

Soundtracks

All by Myself
Written by Walter Lure & Jerry Nolan
Performed by Johnny Thunders & The Heartbreakers
Courtesy of Jungle Records
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Not very punk, more like flunk...
4 January 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I wasn't around the punk scene (although I love the music) and I'm not from New York, (or even the East coast for that matter) but I still know SH!T when I see it! This movie is SH!T!!! The film just comes across as so phony. Its trying to be cool and it's trying to be punk but it tries to damn hard and it just looks lame-o. The acting isn't great much of the time but the problem really stems from the lack of personality the characters were given in this film, that along with the squeaky clean studio sound of the "live performances" just doesn't ring true to me. It's not the worst movie I've ever seen but it might be the worst punk I've ever seen. You want a good punk movie watch Sid n Nancy or a documentary on the subject, that's my advice.


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