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Led Zeppelin: The Song Remains the Same (1976)

The Song Remains the Same (original title)
A documentary of a Led Zeppelin tour mixed with live concert footage, a unique fantasy, and interviews with those involved with the band.

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Cast

Credited cast:
John Bonham ... Himself - Drummer (as Led Zeppelin)
John Paul Jones ... Himself - Bassist & Keyboardist (as Led Zeppelin)
Jimmy Page ... Himself - Guitarist (as Led Zeppelin)
Robert Plant ... Himself - Lead Singer (as Led Zeppelin)
Peter Grant Peter Grant ... Himself - Band Manager
Richard Cole Richard Cole ... Himself
Derek Skilton Derek Skilton ... Himself
Colin Rigdon Colin Rigdon ... Himself
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Led Zeppelin
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Storyline

The members of Led Zeppelin are called back from vacation by manager Peter Grant to play Madison Square Garden. The film is enhanced by each of the band member's personal fantasies (hallucinations?), such as the opening scene (which is awfully confusing the first time around) in which Peter Grant, dressed in a 1930s black gangster suit drives a 1930s black Ford to a house and blasts everyone with a machine gun. Written by Michael Silva <silvamd@cleo.bc.edu>

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In Concert And Beyond

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Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 October 1976 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La canción es la misma See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Swan Song See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

4-Track Stereo (magnetic prints)| 4-Track Stereo (with Dolby noise reduction)| Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)| Black and White

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

On the morning of July 20, 1973, Jimmy Page and manager Peter Grant made contact with Joe Massot, who had previously directed Wonderwall (1968). Massot was already known to Grant as he and his wife had moved into a house in Berkshire in 1970, where they made friends with their neighbor Page and his girlfriend Charlotte. Grant had previously turned down offers by Massot to make a film of the band, but with the huge success of Led Zeppelin's 1973 concert tour of the United States, Grant changed his mind and offered him the job of director. See more »

Goofs

Near the end of "Dazed and Confused", during the camera-spin, Jimmy Page can be heard soloing wildly in high-note arpeggios for which his fingers should be closer-to-the-body (his AND the guitar) but the footage shows clearly his left hand up closer to the headstock in chord-strumming positions. During the same song there are obvious footage inserts where he is not as sweaty as he appears in clips preceding, following, & throughout the rest of the song. See more »

Quotes

Robert Plant - Lead Singer: [prior to singing "Stairway to Heaven"] I think this is a song of hope.
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Crazy Credits

"Stairway to Heaven" is played in its entirely, resulting in several minutes of blackness after the credits have finished rolling as the music continues See more »


Soundtracks

The Song Remains The Same
Written by Jimmy Page and Robert Plant
Performed by Led Zeppelin
Music Published by Superhype Music, Inc.
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The Greatest Band Ever
20 November 1999 | by til-5See all my reviews

I'd feel guilty if I didn't give this film a 10. Just call me prejudice due to my love of the band. The live performance is actually a very good one. Led Zeppelin wasn't always known to be the best live band ever but in my experiences in listening to numerous bootlegs that are circulated so much, this movie performance is very good. The fantasy sequences, though maybe a little cheesy, represent the deep minds of in my opinion, the greatest band ever.


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