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Kurt & Courtney (1998)

A documentary on the life of Kurt Cobain and his relationship with Courtney Love.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Nick Broomfield ... Himself
... Himself (archive footage)
... Herself
Mari Earle ... Herself - Kurt Cobain's Aunt
Tracey Marander ... Herself - Kurt Cobain's Former Girlfriend (as Tracy Marander)
Alice Wheeler ... Herself - Kurt Cobain's Friend
Hank Harrison ... Himself - Courtney Love's Father
Rozz Rezabek ... Himself - Musician
Amy Squier ... Herself - Kurt Cobain's Acquaintance
Tom Grant ... Himself - Private Detective
Dylan Carlson ... Himself
Al Bowman ... Himself - Stalkerazzi
Jack Briggs ... Himself - Stalkerazzi
El Duce ... Himself - Musician
Chelsea ... Herself - Friend of Nanny
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After rocker Kurt Cobain's death, ruled a suicide, a film crew arrives in Seattle to make a documentary. Director Nick Broomfield talks to lots of people: Cobain's aunt who provides home movies and recordings, the estranged father of Cobain's widow Courtney Love, an L.A. private investigator who worked for Love, a nanny for Kurt and Courtney's child, friends and lovers of both, and others. Although Love won't talk to him and his inquiries lose him financial backing, he comes to believe the coroner's verdict. Portraits emerge: a shy, slight Kurt, weary of touring, embarrassed by fame, hooked on heroin; an out-going Courtney, dramatic, controlling, moving from groupie to star. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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The film Courtney Love doesn't want to see.


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Rated R for strong language, drug references and some sexuality | See all certifications »
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27 February 1998 (USA)  »

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Kurt és Courtney - A helyi Nirvana  »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$189,652, 17 April 1998

Gross USA:

$441,808, 21 June 1998
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References Soldier Girls (1981) See more »

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Written by Blag Dahlia
Performed by The Dwarves
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Another great Broomfield documentary
11 February 1999 | by See all my reviews

Nick Broomfield is a great documentary filmmaker - his pics on Heidi Fleiss & Aileen Wuoronos are especially effective. He was criticized for this film being too one-sided and featuring himself too much. But, as you watch the film, you realize he really had no choice because, everyone (especially people who are pro-Courtney) is terrified of suffering the wrath of Courtney (who is, no matter who you hear from, obviously a violent psychotic) if they speak out in Nick's film. This leaves only people with nothing to lose (addicts, losers, and disgruntled ex-employees) to interview. Thus, most of the footage consists of Broomfield desperately trying to glean ANY information on his chosen subject. What we learn we learn by reading between the lines. For instance, the very fact that Love put pressure on his financers from the very beginning of his filming speaks volumes. If Broomfield didn't set out to lambast her at the start, she certainly helped change his mind quickly. The film does little to clear up the decidedly murky circumstances of Cobain's death (though the guy seemed to be a walking suicidal time-bomb). What it does prove is that Love basically got her claws into Kurt, chewed him up, spit him out, and got his millions - all in a span of about three years! And it's all worth it to see Broomfield call an auditorium full of hypocrites - the ACLU - on the carpet for allowing Love, who regularly makes death threats to journalists, to be their spokesperson for free speech.


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