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Chuck Berry Hail! Hail! Rock 'n' Roll (1987)

This documentary movie covers two concerts at the Fox Theatre in St. Louis, Missouri, to celebrate Chuck Berry's 60th birthday, and also discusses his life and career.

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Taylor Hackford
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Cast

Credited cast:
Chuck Berry ... Himself
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ingrid Berry Ingrid Berry ... Herself
Eric Clapton ... Himself
Robert Cray ... Himself
Bo Diddley ... Himself
Ahmet Ertegun ... Himself - DVD only
Don Everly ... Himself
Phil Everly ... Himself
Etta James ... Herself
Johnnie Johnson Johnnie Johnson ... Himself
Steve Jordan ... Himself
Bobby Keys Bobby Keys ... Himself
Chuck Leavell Chuck Leavell ... Himself
John Lennon ... Himself (archive footage)
Julian Lennon ... Himself
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Storyline

St. Louis, Missouri. For Chuck Berry's 60th birthday, Keith Richards assembles a pickup band of Robert Cray, Joey Spampinato, Eric Clapton, himself, and longtime pianist Johnnie Johnson. Joined on stage by Etta James, Linda Ronstadt and Julian Lennon, Berry performs his classic rock songs. His abilities as a composer, lyricist, singer, musician and entertainer are on display and, in behind-the-scenes interviews, are discussed by Bo Diddley, Little Richard, Jerry Lee Lewis, Roy Orbison, the Everly Brothers, Bruce Springsteen and others. There's even a rarity for Berry, a rehearsal. Archival footage from the early 1950s and a duet with John Lennon round out this portrait of a master. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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The Whole World Knows the Music. Nobody Knows the Man.


Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 October 1987 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Hail! Hail! Rock 'n' Roll See more »

Filming Locations:

East St. Louis, Illinois, USA See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$719,323
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Production Co:

Delilah Films See more »
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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Shot in 1986, not released until 1987. See more »

Quotes

Bo Diddley: It became seperated. Suddenly, what they did was rock and roll and what we did was rhythm and blues.
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What you see is what you get!
7 June 2002 | by bndaltonSee all my reviews

If you hear anything bad about this documentary, stop listening. If you don't smile while watching the concert footage, you don't love rock 'n' roll. Betty is a complicated, intelligent, real human being with all the frailties that includes...but he is a generous showman who personifies rock music. If there was any doubt who the father of rock 'n' roll was, with all due respect to the King, there is none after watching this absorbing, if incomplete, biopic about Chuck Berry. Don't rent it - buy it. Today.


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