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Get on Up (2014)

 -  Biography | Drama | Music  -  1 August 2014 (USA)
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A chronicle of James Brown's rise from extreme poverty to become one of the most influential musicians in history.

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On route to the stage, singer James Brown recalls a life with a turbulent childhood where music was his only constructive release for his passions. A chance demonstration of that in prison led to a new friend who helped get him out and into a musical career. With his fire and creative daring, Brown became a star who defiantly created new possibilities in show business both on and behind the stage in face of racism and conventional thinking. Along the way, James would also become a peacemaker who redefined and raised the African-American community's feeling of self-worth when it was needed most. However, those same domineering passions would lead James Brown alienating everyone around him as his appetites became ever more self-destructive. Only after he hit rock bottom with a serious mistake does Brown realize what he needs to do make his life as the Godfather of Soul truly worthwhile. Written by Kenneth Chisholm (kchishol@rogers.com)

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The Funk don't Quit

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Biography | Drama | Music

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Rated PG-13 for sexual content, drug use, some strong language, and violent situations | See all certifications »

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Get on Up: Príbeh Jamese Browna  »

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$13,585,915 (USA) (1 August 2014)

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$30,513,940 (USA) (12 September 2014)
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James Brown learns that the Rolling Stones will close the TV show, not him. Ben Bart says the band will soon be forgotten. Fifty years later, The Stones are still performing together, and frontman Mick Jagger is this film's executive music producer and one of its main producers. See more »

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At the T.A.M.I. show, James walks by the Beach Boys dressing room. They are wearing "Pendleton" long sleeve shirts, which they wore earlier in their career. At the T.A.M.I. show they wore their trademark short-sleeved striped shirts, which they had been wearing in concert since at least March 1964. See more »

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Worth the Wait, Worth the time, Worth the $$$
10 August 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I know folks have been talking about a James Brown biopic for years and I secretly hoped that it would not come to pass. I feared that it would be butchered in an attempt to "butts in the seats". I know folks need to make money but don't kill something wonderful in the process. This movie was WAY better than I had hoped. Kudos to Mick Jagger and a standing ovation for Mr. Chadwick Boseman.

I did not see "42" but the brotha knocked this one clean out of the park. Loved seeing Voila Davis, Octavia Spencer and my girl Jill Scott as well. Of course, the music was amazing! I couldn't get over how Boseman captured James Brown's pattern of speech, walk, dance moves, etc. This performance was electric. Now I have to go read, "The One" to find out how much was fact and how much was fiction.

If you have any interest whatsoever in JB music, catch this one!


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