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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 & 11 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

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

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Trivia

Todd Haynes originally wanted to cast British pop star Jarvis Cocker as Jack Fairy. See more »

Goofs

There are ads for "Miss Saigon" and "Les Miserables" on the side of the London double-decker bus in 1974 London. See more »

Quotes

Reporter: Uh, Brian! Why the make-up?
Brian Slade: Why? Because rock and roll's a prostitute. It should be tarted up. Performed. The music is the mask, while I, in my chiffon and taff - well - varda the message.
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Connections

Referenced in Ett litet rött paket: Drömmen om Elin (1999) See more »

Soundtracks

Symphony No. 6 in A Minor
Written by Gustav Mahler
Performed by the Ceská Filharmonie (as the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra)
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A glittery glam-rock piece of slash fanfiction
20 January 1999 | by DymphnaSee 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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Release Date:

23 October 1998 (UK) See more »

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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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Dolby Digital

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1.85 : 1
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