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Joe Cocker: Mad Dogs & Englishmen (1971)

Joe Cocker and Leon Russell perform live at the Fillmore East and Santa Monica Civic Auditorium.


Pierre Adidge




Cast overview, first billed only:
Joe Cocker ... Himself
Leon Russell ... Himself
Chris Stainton Chris Stainton ... Himself
Jim Price Jim Price ... Himself - The Band
Bobby Keys Bobby Keys ... Himself - The Band
Jim Gordon ... Himself - The Band
Jim Keltner Jim Keltner ... Himself - The Band
Carl Radle Carl Radle ... Himself - The Band
Don Preston Don Preston ... Himself - The Band, The Space Choir
Sandy Konikoff Sandy Konikoff ... Himself - The Band
Chuck Blackwell Chuck Blackwell ... Himself - The Band
Bobby Torres Bobby Torres ... Himself - The Band
Jim Horn Jim Horn ... Himself - The Band
Rita Coolidge ... Herself - The Space Choir
Claudia Lennear Claudia Lennear ... Herself - The Space Choir


Joe Cocker and Leon Russell perform live at the Fillmore East and Santa Monica Civic Auditorium.

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Documentary | Music


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Release Date:

28 May 1971 (Denmark) See more »

Also Known As:

Festival Joe Cocker See more »

Filming Locations:

Dallas, Texas, USA See more »

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono | 70 mm 6-Track


Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Joe Cocker found himself in the unusual position of having no band and several concert dates to play when his group Grease Band returned to England ahead of him. He then recruited over 40 of his friends and family to help out, and for the next six weeks, effectively created a touring commune. See more »


Referenced in Hollywood Rocks the Movies: The 1970s (2002) See more »


Mad Dogs & Englishmen Theme
Written by Leon Russell
Performed by Leon Russell
Produced by Glyn Johns
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17 May 2001 | by KatmissSee all my reviews

"Mad Dogs and Englishmen" is the account of Joe Cocker's 1970 American Tour. There is lots of great music, but the impression the film left me is what joy there is when good music is being made.

It was made in the same vein as "Woodstock" the 1970 Oscar winner for Best Documentary. "Mad Dogs and Englishmen" is even better than "Woodstock". I don't want to sound like a spoiled sport, but the best parts of "Woodstock" were the musical sequences and "MDAE" is loaded with songs, 21 to be exact.

Cocker exudes a kind of kinetic energy rarely seen anymore. His body moves with the music. He isn't just singing; he feels it. And when the band finishes up with an exceptional take, we see the joy they feel. It was a highlight in "Woodstock" and here, with a 2 hour running time, you can't help but feel exhilarated after it ends. I know I did.

Sadly, "Mad Dogs and Englishmen" is not as well known as "Woodstock", mostly due to the rights being in limbo for so long. Now, A&M Video preserves the film on tape, with the multi-image widescreen images intact and the result is a unearthed treasure. The album only covers some of the bases. The film covers them all.

**** out of 4 stars

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