MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Up 1,243 this week

A Band Called Death (2012)

7.5
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.5/10 from 2,029 users   Metascore: 77/100
Reviews: 7 user | 46 critic | 14 from Metacritic.com

A documentary on the 1970s punk trio Death, and their new-found popularity decades after they disbanded.

Directors:

(as Mark Covino) ,
Watch Trailer
0Check in
0Share...

Editors' Spotlight

IMDb at Comic-Con 2014

Follow our coverage of Comic-Con 2014, direct from San Diego July 23-27 in our Comic-Con section.


User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

list image
a list of 33 titles
created 24 Dec 2012
 
list image
a list of 22 titles
created 27 Jun 2013
 
a list of 38 titles
created 6 months ago
 
a list of 42 titles
created 4 months ago
 
a list of 35 titles
created 2 weeks ago
 

Related Items


Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: A Band Called Death (2012)

A Band Called Death (2012) on IMDb 7.5/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of A Band Called Death.
1 win. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Documentary | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

Documentary follows Bobby Liebling, lead singer of seminal hard rock/heavy metal band Pentagram, as he battles decades of hard drug addiction and personal demons to try and get his life back.

Directors: Don Argott, Demian Fenton
Stars: Bobby Liebling, Sean Pelletier, Phil Anselmo
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

Ginger Baker looks back on his musical career with Cream and Blind Faith; his introduction to Fela Kuti; his self-destructive patterns and losses of fortune; and his current life inside a fortified South African compound.

Director: Jay Bulger
Stars: Ginger Baker, Femi Kuti, Eric Clapton
Sound City (2013)
Documentary | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

A documentary on the fabled recording studio that was located in Van Nuys, California.

Director: David Grohl
Stars: Trent Reznor, Tom Petty, Mick Fleetwood
Documentary | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  

A documentary which challenges former Indonesian death-squad leaders to reenact their mass-killings in whichever cinematic genres they wish, including classic Hollywood crime scenarios and lavish musical numbers.

Directors: Joshua Oppenheimer, Anonymous, and 1 more credit »
Stars: Anwar Congo, Herman Koto, Syamsul Arifin
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Conversations with death row inmate Michael Perry and those affected by his crime serve as an examination of why people - and the state - kill.

Director: Werner Herzog
Stars: Werner Herzog, Richard Lopez, Michael Perry
Documentary | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

Backup singers live in a world that lies just beyond the spotlight. Their voices bring harmony to the biggest bands in popular music, but we've had no idea who these singers are or what lives they lead, until now.

Director: Morgan Neville
Stars: Darlene Love, Merry Clayton, Lisa Fischer
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

A film that excavates layers of myth and memory to find the elusive truth at the core of a family of storytellers.

Director: Sarah Polley
Stars: Michael Polley, John Buchan, Mark Polley
Blackfish (2013)
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

A documentary following the controversial captivity of killer whales, and its dangers for both humans and whales.

Director: Gabriela Cowperthwaite
Stars: Tilikum, Dave Duffus, Samantha Berg
Documentary | Biography | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  

Two South Africans set out to discover what happened to their unlikely musical hero, the mysterious 1970s rock 'n' roller, Rodriguez.

Director: Malik Bendjelloul
Stars: Rodriguez, Stephen 'Sugar' Segerman, Dennis Coffey
The Imposter (2012)
Documentary | Biography
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

A documentary centered on a young Frenchman who claims to a grieving Texas family that he is their 16-year-old son who has been missing for 3 years.

Director: Bart Layton
Stars: Adam O'Brian, Anna Ruben, Cathy Dresbach
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

A documentary on 85-year-old sushi master Jiro Ono, his business in the Ginza Tokio Subway station, and his relationship with his son and eventual heir, Yoshikazu.

Director: David Gelb
Stars: Jiro Ono, Masuhiro Yamamoto, Daisuke Nakazama
Devil's Bible (TV Movie 2008)
Documentary | History | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

At 165 pounds, and allegedly made from the skins of 160 donkeys, the Codex Gigas is the world's largest and most mysterious medieval manuscript. Filled with satanic images and demonic ... See full summary »

Director: Robert Michaels
Stars: Christopher de Hamel, Michael Gullick, Anna Wolodarski
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Dannis Hackney ...
Himself, drums, Death
Bobby Hackney ...
Himself, bass and vocals, Death (as Bobby Hackney Sr.)
...
Himself, guitar, Death (archive footage)
Robbie Duncan ...
Himself / Death-Cuitar
Kathleen ...
Herself, old friend of Death
Earl V. Hackney Jr. ...
Himself, not a member of Death (as Earl Hackney Jr.)
Victor Veve ...
Himself / Lambsbread-Organ, Keyboards
Majora Florida Hackney ...
Herself, mother of the Hackney brothers
Victor Twiggs ...
Himself / Lamdsbread-Percussion
...
Themselves (archive footage)
...
Themselves (archive footage)
Don Davis ...
Himself - chief executive officer, Groovesville Productions
Brian Spears ...
Himself, director of publishing 1972-1978, Groovesville Productions
Steve Williams ...
Himself / Rough Francis
Steve Comegno ...
Himself / Rough Francis
Edit

Storyline

Before Bad Brains, the Sex Pistols or even the Ramones, there was a band called Death. Punk before punk existed, three teenage brothers in the early '70s formed a band in their spare bedroom, began playing a few local gigs and even pressed a single in the hoped of getting signed. But this was the era of Motown and emerging disco. Record companies found Death's music - and band name - too intimidating, and the group were never given a fair shot, disbanding before they even completed one album. Equal parts electrifying rockumentary and epic family love story, A Band Called Death chronicles the incredible fairy-tale journey of what happened almost three decades later, when a dusty 1974 demo tape made it way out of the attic and found an audience several generations younger. Playing music impossible ahead of its time, Death is now being credited as the first black punk band (hell...the first punk band!), and are finally receiving their long overdue recognition as true rock pioneers. Written by Drafthouse Films

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

28 June 2013 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A banda neve: Halál  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$34,839 (USA) (28 June 2013)

Gross:

$125,856 (USA) (13 September 2013)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Color:

See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Soundtracks

Mother Hackney's Funeral
Written and Performed by Tim Boland
Courtesy of Echo Park Music and Sound
Tim Matt and Sam, LLC (ASCAP)
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Death Surviver
15 April 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

If, by the title, you suppose this is a documentary about sour grapes, i.e., some pre-Ramones, The Clash, or even The Sex Pistols punk band that never got its props, you're mistaken. There's not an iota of bitterness among these guys who stubbornly defied all odds, most of which were housed in their home town Motor City. I mean, what could have possessed three black teenage brothers to think they could form a prototype punk rock band just blocks away from Berry Gordy's mellow soul factory known as Hitsville USA? Having nothing more than British rock band singles, insurance-money instruments, and cloud formations to guide them, DEATH did it. (Note to my friendly reviewers: they weren't just the prototypical "black" punk rock group, but the forerunning "punk rock group" of any color...period.) But being so original, so very far ahead of the curve, came at a cost. Now therein lies the supremely inspirational message of "A Band Called Death" that anyone can leap into like a mosh pit. It took thirty-five years--35 friggin' years!--before surviving brothers Bobby and Dannis got their recognition. Sadly, David, the group's visionary, passed away years earlier, emotionally drained and physically terminal. Although only old tapes of David are featured in the film, his haunting presence throughout the film is undeniable. By the time you hear David's son share his emotions about hearing his deceased father's voice on a cult-hit record, you'll choke back tears. Even if you're not a punker, a funker, or a rocker, you owe it to yourself to check out this inspiring documentary. Dreams deferred don't always shrivel, sometimes they hibernate. So if you miss DEATH's story this time around, the group will wait, patiently, for as long as it takes. They're accustomed sleepers. But mark AfroPixFlix's words (and his nine forks of good judgment), you'll not long be able to escape DEATH's grip.


0 of 0 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Um Punk was invented in Australia, thanks..... adrian-m-miller
Oops, I thought this was about the death metal band... xgorexpolicex
Well done but one thing bothered me... siriustemplar
A punk band called Death prateekcertain
Wrong band dunge2
The Amazing True Story akh8
Discuss A Band Called Death (2012) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?