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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 ... Self
Leon Russell ... Self
Chris Stainton Chris Stainton ... Self
Jim Price Jim Price ... Self - The Band
Bobby Keys Bobby Keys ... Self - The Band
Jim Gordon ... Self - The Band
Jim Keltner ... Self - The Band
Carl Radle Carl Radle ... Self - The Band
Don Preston Don Preston ... Self - The Band, The Space Choir
Sandy Konikoff Sandy Konikoff ... Self - The Band
Chuck Blackwell ... Self - The Band
Bobby Torres Bobby Torres ... Self - The Band
Jim Horn ... Self - The Band
Rita Coolidge ... Self - The Space Choir
Claudia Lennear ... Self - The Space Choir


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

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62 hours of footage were shot for the film. See more »


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Joe Cocker at his best and one of the Best Rock and Roll Concert Movies
22 December 2014 | by ligonlawSee all my reviews

Joe Cocker was a spastic, possessed singer who had so much soul. Mad Dogs and Englishmen is a documentary about the singer and his band composed of many rock and roll greats including Leon Russell, Bobby Keys, Claudia Lennear, Rita Collidge, Chris Stanton and Bobby Jones, to name a few. The film is a creation of its time, capturing the hair and the clothing of 1970 when it was filmed in Berlin.

The hard whiskey and cigarette voice lost some pitch over the years, but he continued to tour. This documentary shows Cocker and his best.

The stage is filled with singers and musicians and I wanted so much to be with them then.

Mad Dogs and Englishmen cover soul and R&B classics and some Beatles music. The covers depart from the originals and become unique interpretations of the songs we thought we knew well already.

Cocker's hard-edged voice and his spell-binding movements made him the brightest light of that moment in Rock and Roll. The songs are still among my favorites.


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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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Sound Mix:

Mono | 70 mm 6-Track


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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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