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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Curt Wild
... Brian Slade
... Arthur Stuart
... Mandy Slade
... Jerry Devine
... Shannon
... Cecil
... Female Narrator (voice)
Mairead McKinley ... Wilde Housemaid (as Maraid McKinley)
Luke Morgan Oliver ... Oscar Wilde (8)
Osheen Jones ... Jack Fairy (7)
Micko Westmoreland ... Jack Fairy
Damian Suchet ... BBC Reporter
... Kissing Sailor
... Young Man
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Storyline

1971: Glamrock explodes all over the world and challenges the seriousness within the flower power generation by means of glitter and brutal music. Brian Slade, a young rock star, inspires numerous teenage boys and girls to paint their nails and explore their own sexuality. In the end Slade destroys himself. Unable to escape the character role of "Maxwell Demon" that he created, he plots his own murder. When fans discover the murder is not real, his star falls abruptly and he is quickly forgotten about. 1984: Arthur, a journalist working for a New York newspaper, gets assigned the tenth anniversary story about the fake murder of Brian Slade. When Arthur was young and growing up in Manchester, he was more than a fan of Slade. Reluctantly he accepts the assignment and starts to investigate what happened to his old glamrock hero. Written by Jack Fairy

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

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Opening Weekend:

£156,050 (United Kingdom), 25 October 1998, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$301,787, 8 November 1998, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,053,788, 20 December 1998
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Trivia

The Stooges-type backing band is the called the Wylde Ratts. In the early 1970s there was a Stooges-influenced band playing around Sydney Australia called The Rats. See more »

Goofs

When Brian is onstage at the Sombrero Club and the members of the audience are clapping along with him to the music, the motions of their hands do not match the rhythm in the music. See more »

Quotes

Brian Slade: [lying in bed in a coke haze] Woman defend themselves by attacking, just as they attack by sudden and strange surrenders.
Mandy Slade: I lost my girlhood, true, but it was for you.
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We Are the Boys
Written by Jarvis Cocker, Nick Banks, Candida Doyle, Steve Mackey and Mark Webber
Performed by Pulp
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A glittery glam-rock piece of slash fanfiction
20 January 1999 | by See all my reviews

Slash Fanfiction is when a person writes a story involving two (usually) males characters from a television show or movie in a homoerotic romantic relationship. And this is what Velvet Goldmine is. A visually stunning, incredibly tasty piece of slash fanfiction. But instead of Kirk & Spock or Mulder & Krycek, it's someone who's a lot like David Bowie and someone who's a lot like Iggy Pop. Perhaps that appeals to you. Perhaps it doesn't. But despite its fanfiction feeling, this movie is absolutely visually stunning. The imagery will last with you long after you leave the movie, your eyes blinking as you adjust to a rather grey drab world. The movie isn't about substance, it's about style; about creating and rearranging yourself to fit the time, to fit the world around you. It's about fluidity, fluidity of gender, personality, ideas, and romance. Because, like all Slash fanfiction, above everything else, it's a love story.


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