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Kurt & Courtney (1998)

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

Director:

Nick Broomfield
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Nick Broomfield ... Self
Kurt Cobain ... Self (archive footage)
Courtney Love ... Self
Mari Earle ... Self - Kurt Cobain's Aunt
Tracey Marander ... Self - Kurt Cobain's Former Girlfriend (as Tracy Marander)
Alice Wheeler ... Self - Kurt Cobain's Friend
Hank Harrison ... Self - Courtney Love's Father
Rozz Rezabek ... Self - Musician
Amy Squier ... Self - Kurt Cobain's Acquaintance
Tom Grant ... Self - Private Detective
Dylan Carlson ... Self
Al Bowman ... Self - Stalkerazzi
Jack Briggs Jack Briggs ... Self - Stalkerazzi
El Duce ... Self - Musician
Chelsea ... Self - Friend of Nanny
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Storyline

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.


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong language, drug references and some sexuality | See all certifications »
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EL Duce died on April 19, 1997,two days after filming his interview for this documentary, EL Duce was found dead on the railroad tracks in Riverside, California, decapitated in the accident he was hit full on by a freight train doing 60 MPH,conspiracy theorists have postulated that his death was related to the statements he made in this documentary. See more »

Connections

References The Monkees (1966) See more »

Soundtracks

Tallahasse
Written by Dylan Carlson
Performed by Earth
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Could have been so much better
4 March 2002 | by hayden-8See all my reviews

I was on my first trip to the States when Cobain killed himself. I remember a profound sense of sadness at the time. It was the first time that a celebrity's death had ever had an effect on me.

I hired this only because of interest in Cobain and Nirvana and I was expecting a standard documentary. I had not heard of the conspiracy theories surrounding his death so the subject matter, an investigation into these reports, was a pleasant surprise for me. A nice little murder doccie. For much of the film I was absorbed. The characters, the lifestyle, the rock scene at the time, pre- and post- fame were fascinating. Rabid rock animal, El Duce, Love's spiteful father, the paparazzo who chickens out; they were both repellent and humorous. The only weaknesses were the lack of interviews with Nirvana members and, crucially no Nirvana music (although Love apparently refused to give the filmakers the rights to these, which isn't surprising when one considers the hatchet job they did on her).

Then came the real disappoinment; the anti-climatic ending. No real light was shed on Cobain's death, no yay or nay on was it murder or suicide. Despite the weaknesses I'd still recommend it for anyone with an interest in the rock scene circa 1990.


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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 February 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Kurt és Courtney - A helyi Nirvana See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$16,835, 1 March 1998

Gross USA:

$668,228

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$668,228
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Strength Ltd. See more »
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Stereo

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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