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CBGB (2013)

R  |   |  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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Lisa Kristal
Cheetah Chrome
Mad Mountain
Mary Harron


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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


50,000 bands and 1 disgusting bathroom.


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  »

Filming Locations:


Box Office


$5,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


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

Company Credits

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Technical Specs



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


In CBGB, Ryan Hurst plays Mad Mountain,the lead biker in a gang called Titans of Hell. He also played Gerry Bertier in "Remember the Titans". As well as another biker, Opie, in Sons of Anarchy. See more »


Several shots show the corner of Bleecker Street and the Bowery. The street signs have white letters on a green background. In the 1970s, Manhattan street signs had black letters on a yellow background. See more »


Hilly Kristal: [Talking to The Ramones] Nobody will like you!
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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 »


References White Zombie (1932) See more »


X Offender
Written by Gary Valentine & Debbie Harry (as Debbie Harry)
Performed by Blondie
Courtesy of Capitol Records
Under License from EMI Film & Television Music
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User Reviews

It was good!
23 October 2013 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

I saw it on the big screen, and it was good! The film comes with a great soundtrack and lots of laughs too. The theater audience around me seemed to be enjoying the film. I was there at CBGB during this time period, and my band The Laughing Dogs played there. One of our songs is in the soundtrack. I am glad that this movie was made and I appreciate that the movie preserves the history of the place and of Hilly Kristal. Hilly provided opportunities to a lot of bands and a place for bands to play their original music. Many bands got signed with record labels after performing at CBGB. I found the sets and characters looked like the real thing, as if I was back there. I have written a more thorough review on my website.

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