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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 & 9 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

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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Taglines:

The Rise Of A Star... The Fall Of A Legend! See more »

Genres:

Drama | Music

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

23 October 1998 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Auksine praraja See more »

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Box Office

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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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color (Rankcolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Courtney Love considered supplying music to the film's soundtrack; however, she withdrew after viewing a rough cut, claiming that the character of Curt Wild too closely resembled her late husband Kurt Cobain, both in character and physicality. The Wild/Cobain parallel later became a much-discussed point among critics, and while director Todd Haynes and actor Ewan McGregor have noted similarities between Cobain and Wild, both claim the resemblance was unintended. Haynes, for his part, notes that Cobain borrowed many style traits from Iggy Pop, who served as partial basis for the Wild character. 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: I should think that if people were to get the wrong impression of me, the one to which you so eloquently referred, it wouldn't be the wrong impression in the slightest.
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References Eddie and the Cruisers (1983) See more »

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Sebastian
Written by Steve Harley
Performed by The Venus in Furs
Vocal by Jonathan Rhys Meyers
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Style always wins out in the End.
18 September 2009 | by MadameGeorgeSee all my reviews

I saw Goldmine years ago and it remains one of my favorites. Everything about this movie is amazing- from the music, to the costume and the actors.

Here we get a young Christian Bale as a struggling kid trying to grow up in the age of glam rock. The confusion of trying to be who you are and the confusion of trying to figure out who that person is, something that is understandable to anyone who has ever been a teenager. Like so many, he finds himself in music- that of Brian Slade. Meyers is outstanding as a lowly boy who makes it with the big boys. He plays the climb to fame brilliantly and the demise of glam rock with emotion. Toni Collette adds the flare that is necessary and shows the true strength in what a woman will do/put up with for love. She is a delight and she plays well with Meyers. Ewan McGregor is also terrific as Curt Wild, the perfect half to Slade's glam.

The music is what Goldmine is really all about. Meyers and McGregor sing some of the tunes themselves, but the addition of Radiohead's Thom Yorke to the mix as well as the boys from Placebo are an excellent addition to an already great soundtrack. Adding Lou Reed seems like over kill, but I'll take it- if there is anything that I learned from watching Goldmine many times- is that the bigger the better.

This is a great coming of age movie- it is a bit adult. There are heavy issues here such as drug abuse, alcoholism, adultery, homosexuality, orgies...be aware-


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