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Muscle Shoals (2013)

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A documentary that celebrates Rick Hall, the founder of FAME Studios in Muscle Shoals, Alabama, and the signature sound he developed in songs such as "I'll Take You There", "Brown Sugar", and "When a Man Loves a Woman".
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Stephen Badger ...
Himself / Interviewer
Jerry Carrigan ...
Jerry Phillips ...
Barry Beckett ...
Jerry Wexler ...
Jesse Boyce ...
Bryan Owings ...
Candi Staton ...
John Gifford III ...


Located alongside the Tennessee River, Muscle Shoals, Alabama is the unlikely breeding ground for some of America's most creative and defiant music. Under the spiritual influence of the 'Singing River' as Native Americans called it, the music of Muscle Shoals changed the world and sold millions upon millions of copies. At its heart is Rick Hall who founded FAME Studios. Overcoming crushing poverty and staggering tragedies, he brought black and white together in Alabama's cauldron of racial hostility to create music for the generations while giving birth to the 'Muscle Shoals Sound' and 'The Swampers'. Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Percy Sledge, Gregg Allman, Clarence Carter, Etta James, Alicia Keys, Bono, and others bear witness to Muscle Shoals' magnetism, mystery, and why it remains influential today. Written by Anonymous

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The incredible true story of a small town with a big sound.

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for thematic elements, language, smoking and brief partial nudity | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

25 October 2013 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Muscle Shoals - Dove nascono le leggende  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$13,901, 29 September 2013, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$695,625, 9 March 2014
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Winner of the Grand Prize, Boulder International Film Festival, 2013. See more »


David Hood: [about working for Rick Hall] That was very frustrating and hard on the musicians, because you think "Well, I already did that."
Rick Hall: Nobody ever worked in the music business without getting their ass kicked. If they did, they're on the street somewhere pushing a wheelbarrow of concrete.
Jesse Boyce: He was kind of like a task master, and I don't fault him for that because he is an imperfect perfectionist. That's what made him great, though.
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Crazy Credits

Although Steve Winwood is feature prominently, including with on-screen name identification, hie name is NOT listed in the end credits. See more »


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When a Man Loves a Woman
Written by Andrew Wright (as Andrew James Wright) and Calvin Lewis (as Calvin Houston Lewis)
Performed by Percy Sledge
Courtesy of Atlantic Recording Corp.
By arrangement with Warner Music Group Film & TV Licensing
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A must-see documentary about my hometown
15 January 2014 | by See all my reviews

Yes, I grew up in itty bitty Muscle Shoals, Alabama. I was born there in 1965 and spent the first 23 years of my life there. I lived three blocks from FAME studios, went to school with Rick Hall's sons and the son and daughter of Jimmy Johnson, one of the Swampers and founders of Muscle Shoals Sound. I did all of that and I still had NO idea of the monumental and historic events that were happening in my little town. When I watched this film for the first time, sitting in the sold out auditorium of our local university, I was blown away. I saw a special side of my hometown I never knew existed and gained a new respect and pride in my association with it. For years the welcome sign at our city limits proclaimed "Welcome to Muscle Shoals - The Hit Recording Capital of the World". Forty-eight years later, thanks to Mr. Camalier and his wonderful documentary, I finally have a full and complete understanding of what that sign meant. If you are a music lover, this film is a must-see, if only for the interviews with mega-artists such as Bono, Greg Allman, Wilson Pickett, Aretha Franklin, Mick Jagger, and Keith Richards, as they reminisce about their time spent in Muscle Shoals. But it is also a must-see for anyone who wants an honest-to-God, rags to riches story filled with love, loss, shame, anger, redemption, and lifelong friendships. This film isn't just about my hometown and the amazing music made there. It's also about one man's vision and how the bringing to life of that vision has profoundly influenced, and is still influencing, the world in a very special way.

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