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Velvet Goldmine (1998)

R | | Drama, Music | 23 October 1998 (UK)
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In 1984, British journalist Arthur Stuart investigates the career of 1970s glam superstar Brian Slade, who was heavily influenced in his early years by hard-living and rebellious American singer Curt Wild.

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Todd Haynes

Writers:

James Lyons (story), Todd Haynes (story) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 4 wins & 10 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ewan McGregor ... Curt Wild
Jonathan Rhys Meyers ... Brian Slade
Christian Bale ... Arthur Stuart
Toni Collette ... Mandy Slade
Eddie Izzard ... Jerry Devine
Emily Woof ... Shannon
Michael Feast ... Cecil
Janet McTeer ... Female Narrator (voice)
Mairead McKinley Mairead McKinley ... Wilde Housemaid (as Maraid McKinley)
Luke Morgan Oliver Luke Morgan Oliver ... Oscar Wilde (8)
Osheen Jones Osheen Jones ... Jack Fairy (7)
Micko Westmoreland Micko Westmoreland ... Jack Fairy
Damian Suchet Damian Suchet ... BBC Reporter
Danny Nutt ... Kissing Sailor
Wash Westmoreland ... Young Man
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Storyline

London, 1971 - Flower Power is on the wane and floundering hippie troubadour Brian Slade feels old-fashioned and out of step until he experiences the raw power of rock musician and exhibitionist Curt Wild at a live concert. Smitten and inspired, Slade rises from the ashes of fussy brocade, reincarnating as the ambiguous pop-rock God/dess of platinum dust and phoenix feathers, Maxwell Demon. His alluring androgynous imagery and the seductive sounds his 'glitter rock' seduce teenagers across the world, offering refuge for the weird and unwanted with the promise of an everything-goes hedonism. At the height of his fame and cultural influence, he plots his sensational demise to escape, alienating his fans and falling into obscurity. On the 10th anniversary of the character assassination, journalist Arthur Stuart investigates Slade's disappearance, forcing him to revisit his own confusing teenage identity crisis and rebirth mirroring that of his idol Brian Slade. Written by Mae Moreno

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A man's life is his image See more »

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Drama | Music

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Rated R for strong sexual content, nudity, language and drug use | See all certifications »

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Trivia

The film is named after the David Bowie song "Velvet Goldmine," which, although originally recorded for the 1972 "Ziggy Stardust" album, wasn't officially released until 1975, becoming the B-side to the re-issue of the "Space Oddity" single which topped the UK Singles Chart. See more »

Goofs

During the circus interview (1:05:14), a reporter asks "Is it your belief that all dandies are homosexual?" to which Brian Slade replies, "Nothing makes one so vain as being told one is a sinner." When the next day's newspaper is shown (1:07:42), Slade is quoted as saying "Nothing makes one so bold as being told one is a sinner." See more »

Quotes

Curt Wild: Listen, a real artist creates beautiful things and puts nothing of his own life into them, OK?
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Connections

References The Man Who Fell to Earth (1976) See more »

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Avenging Annie
Written by Andy Pratt
Used by permission of EMI/April Music Inc.
Performed by Andy Pratt
Courtesy of Columbia Records by arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
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You love it or hate it
18 August 2004 | by manacrystalSee all my reviews

This is a movie that you either hate or love, I have never heard anyone say they thought it was 'just alright'. I loved it.

With colorful scenery and engaging dialogue, this movie is one of the best movies I have ever seen. The actors are amazing and I find the plot to be completely fulfilling.

Make no mistake, this movie is not for the casual watcher. The is not a movie that you should watch unless you are ready to put you full attention onto the screen of your t.v. Many people will state there are holes and flaws in the plot but I think this is simply because they did not pay rapt attention to the movie. Personally it took me 3 times of watching before I tied everything together, but after seeing it that much and studying every scene I felt that I was left with such an amazing feeling to have viewed something so beautiful.

Also, don't expect this to be a true account of David Bowie's relationship with Iggy Pop, it's not. Take this movie simply for what it is, a beautiful and engaging story that is somewhat of a puzzle of memories from a fictional character.

10 out of 10 stars for such an amazing story.


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Release Date:

23 October 1998 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$301,787, 8 November 1998

Gross USA:

$1,053,788

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,053,788
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1.85 : 1
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