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Northern Soul (2014)

R | | Drama, Music | 17 October 2014 (UK)
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Set in 1974, an authentic and uplifting tale of two friends whose horizons are opened up by the discovery of black American soul music.

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Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »

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John's Grandad
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Stee
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Terry
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Sean
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Matt
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Marie
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Daz
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Betty
Ashley Taylor Dawson ...
Paul
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'Northern Soul' is the story of a youth culture in the 1970s which changed a generation.It tells the tale of a nightclub based movement which developed in Northern England . The film is an authentic and uplifting account of two young boys whose horizons are opened up by the discovery of black American soul music. No longer satisfied with the prospect of a small town life and a factory production lin , they dream of going to America to discover super rare records which will help them become the best DJs on the Northern Soul scene. The difficult journey forces the two best friends to confront rivalry, violence and drug abuse as their friendship and loyalties are tested to the limit. Written by Anonymous

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The music was Motown. The passion is British.

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Drama | Music

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Rated R for drug use, language throughout and brief sexuality | See all certifications »

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17 October 2014 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Northern Soul: No Ritmo da Vida  »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$6,786, 4 October 2015, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$6,786, 4 October 2015
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Was originally only meant to be playing in 5 screens across the UK but due to high demand it got a blanket release of over 160 screens See more »

Goofs

When the youth club lady hands Matt an album to play because the DJ is late, she hands him only one and says "OK, let's listen to this while we wait" The album she gives him is "Summer Holiday" by Cliff Richard and The Shadows; the music being played in the youth club is "The Young Ones" by Cliff Richard and the Shadows, this track was not on the "Summer Holiday" album. See more »

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Ray Henderson: Listen, you! This is Northern Soul, not Northern Arsehole!
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Crazy Credits

"We dedicate this film to our dear departed friend Fran Franklin, who spent years pouring passion and hard work into this project to make it the film it is now. We will miss you Franny, our soul sister, more than words can say." See more »

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Edited from Spring and Port Wine (1970) See more »

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Soul Time
Performed by Shirley Ellis
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Love can mean anything
19 October 2014 | by See all my reviews

This is a movie to immerse yourself in, to lose yourself in, to get into the groove of. It's tremendous in the way that you plunge headlong into some sweaty dj-dysfunction, and the perils of the needle, whilst laughing almost all the way. The main protagonist develops quite a set of pecs over the duration, we all said we felt like dancing afterwards, this is an energetic film.

But it's carefully shot, wonderfully acted, beautifully sounding, reportage of the scene and all the better for it, with some quite superb performances as a result. You will have the time of your life. Enjoy.


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