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Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me (2012)

PG-13 | | Documentary, Music | 15 March 2012 (USA)
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Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me is a feature-length documentary film about the dismal commercial failure, subsequent massive critical acclaim, and enduring legacy of pop music's greatest cult phenomenon, Big Star.



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BIG STAR: NOTHING CAN HURT ME is a feature-length documentary about legendary Memphis band Big Star. While mainstream success eluded them, Big Star's three albums have become critically lauded touchstones of the rock music canon. A seminal band in the history of alternative music, Big Star has been cited as an influence by artists including REM, The Replacements, Belle & Sebastian, Elliott Smith and Flaming Lips, to name just a few. With never-before-seen footage and photos of the band, in-depth interviews and a rousing musical tribute by the bands they inspired, BIG STAR: NOTHING CAN HURT ME is a story of artistic and musical salvation. Written by Danielle McCarthy

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The definitive story of the greatest band that never made it.


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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for drug references and brief strong language | See all certifications »


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Release Date:

15 March 2012 (USA)  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$15,096 (USA) (5 July 2013)


$105,030 (USA) (20 September 2013)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


When listing current artists that were influenced by Big Star, Elliott Smith is seen introducing a Big Star cover song on the Jon Brion Show with the date 1996. The show was not recored until 2000. See more »

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OK, but only OK.
30 December 2013 | by (Indianapolis) – See all my reviews

As a voracious consumer of "Rock Docs," this one left me flat. The story is told in such a way that it is nearly impossible to follow (unless you are a Memphis super fan, I guess). It ambled along following every little thread until I just didn't care anymore.

As with "Mr. Blue Sky" (the Geoff Lynne doc), the superlatives flow like water. After a while, they just become meaningless.

And most important of all, I didn't leave this film and rush straight to ITUNES to download their work. If the music is as good as the interviewees bleated on about; they were not able to convey it within the film itself.

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