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Flame (1975)

| Musical, Drama | 2004 (USA)
Light the Rock n' Roll spark with a Flame in the guise of Dave, Noddy, Jim and Don and their showcase of the rise and demise of rock band Flame. Set in the hardships of North England's ... See full summary »

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... Charlie
... Paul
... Stoker
... Barry
... Robert Seymour
Alan Lake ... Jack Daniels
Johnny Shannon ... Ron Harding
... Tony Devlin
Anthony Allen ... Russell
Sara Clee ... Angie
Nina Thomas ... Julie
... Roy Priest
Rosko ... Himself
Tommy Vance ... Ricky Storm
John Dicks ... Lenny
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Light the Rock n' Roll spark with a Flame in the guise of Dave, Noddy, Jim and Don and their showcase of the rise and demise of rock band Flame. Set in the hardships of North England's seventies working class society and music scene. This build-up from rags to riches is a parody of realism and grit, with double-dealings and harsh unforgiving dog eat dog mentalities, and the golden rule; if you play with matches then you're going to get burnt, in the flames of the music industry. Written by Cinema_Fan

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In the cut throat world of the music business you're either a success or dead.

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Slade in Flame  »

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Alan Lake was sacked on the first day of filming, after getting drunk at lunchtime. He was only reinstated after his wife, actress Diana Dors undertook to keep him sober during the films shoot. See more »

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Jack Daniels: [shouts over the din of a poor drum solo audition] Not your actual Gene Krupa is he?
Barry: Who's she?
Jack Daniels: Before your time.
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At the end of the film black and white stills of each actor are shown with their name. See more »

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Featured in It's Slade (1999) See more »

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Wham Bam Thank You Glam
26 December 2006 | by See all my reviews

The British Glam Rock kings of the 1970's never quite made the impact they should have in the states. Probably David Bowie is the only one of the bunch that most Americans have even heard of. The Sweet had only a few hits. Marc Bolan only managed one Top 40 record. Now that's a shame. Roxy Music was a cult group. Status Quo is virtually unheard of; a one-hit wonder whose only hit was their first single from 1967, "Listen to the Flower People," er, I mean, "Pictures of Matchstick Men." Slade shifted some LPs, but had no hit singles. But they did make this film, which can finally now be seen here in the USA on DVD. Interesting to watch from the American perspective, but anyone who's at all a fan of such British cultural touchstones as The Beatles or Monty Python should find plenty to enjoy here.

The group acquits themselves as actors quite well in this somewhat true-to-life tale of a rock band's rise and fall in England. The story starts in the mid/late 1960's, which helps to separate the real life Slade from the fictional Flame.

Although somewhat of a gritty drama, there are a large number of hilarious anecdotes (which all supposedly really happened, though not to Slade but to different bands) about the singer getting stuck on stage in a coffin (Spinal Tap pod incident, anyone?), the attack on the pirate radio station, and dealings with posh types on a train and shopping for a Rolls-Royce at a snooty dealership.

Overall, one of the better rock and roll films, if one of the lesser heralded ones. Worth watching for rock music fans or fans of 60's/70's pop culture. Just listen carefully, fellow Americans! You'll have a hard time sussing out some of the dialog with those Midlands accents. In fact, Noddy Holder said that when the film showed in St. Louis in the 70's, it was actually subtitled! Too bad that option is not provided on this DVD, but other than that, I don't have much to complain about here.


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