6.6/10
7,246
31 user 38 critic

CBGB (2013)

Trailer
2:02 | Trailer

Watch Now

From $3.99 (SD) on Amazon Video

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

Director:

Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
...
...
...
...
Lou Reed
...
...
...
...
...
...
...
...
Mary Harron
...
Edit

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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

50,000 bands and 1 disgusting bathroom.

Genres:

Drama | Music

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

11 October 2013 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

CBGB: O Berço do Punk Rock  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Edit

Box Office

Budget:

$5,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,000, 4 October 2013, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$40,040, 20 October 2013
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Alan Rickman and Ashley Greene, who play father and daughter in the film, share the same birthday (February 21st) in real life. See more »

Goofs

Hilly specifically requires all performers to play all-original material and no covers, yet Blondie is depicted performing their cover of the 1963 doo-wop hit "Denise" (gender-reversed to "Denis"). See more »

Quotes

Hilly Kristal: What kind of music do you play?
Terry Ork: Ohmmmm... new music.
See more »

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

Referenced in Honest Trailers: Die Hard (2015) See more »

Soundtracks

Isn't It About Time
Written by Stephen Stills
Performed by Manassas (as Stephen Stills Manassas)
Courtesy of Atlantic Records
By Arrangement with Warner Music Group Film & TV Licensing
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
A Little Club That Could.. at least for a little while!
24 October 2013 | by See all my reviews

Saw the CBGB Movie last night... Great job! no car crashes.. just Hilly's truck, no alien invasion, no love story unless you count the part with.. Well, I wont mention any names.. Just a story about a little club that could.. at least for a little while. Alan Rickman did capture the essence of Mr. K.. this is not a documentary so I did not mind the time line of certain things not being accurate, it was entertaining and if you were not fortunate enough to have been there back in the day you can still learn a thing or two about the beginnings of Punk Rock. Yes there were many bands that played that stage and some are upset for not being included.. perhaps writing scathing reviews.. I was happy to be there "cant all be rock stars" Great tribute to Hilly at the end when Talking Heads were added to R&R Hall of Fame. I loved it and do want to see it again!


17 of 24 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 31 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page