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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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Trivia

The documentary "Soaked in Bleach" disproves and corrects much of the information included in this film. Notably, the details surrounding the amount of Heroin a person cd take and remain conscious - where a comparison patient has actually taken Methadone, not Heroin, and orally, rather than via Injection - which would take MUCH longer to take effect, as well as the fact that methodone and heroin are NOT the same drug and therefore the comparison is false. Many other inconsistencies are cleared up and clarified - and some MAJOR points are even disproved - regarding the gun positioning, police reports and greenhouse details. "Soaked in Bleach" also includes taped recordings of Love & other primary players that shed a great deal of light on the entire case. Filmmakers took 8 years to create this later and more complete documentary. See more »

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References Dark Obsession (1989) See more »

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Written by Sean McElligot
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Biased, yes, but solid and never boring
14 March 2001 | by See all my reviews

Is it objective? No. Is it informative? Yes. Is is accurate? Only as accurate as those talked to. Is it an interesting film? Without a doubt.

This should have been called "Trying To Make 'Kurt & Courtney", because he never succeeds in making a decent look at their relationship but rather an intriguing look at his struggle to get the whole thing off the ground. He ran into a lot of trouble via Courtney Love and of course threw in his feelings toward her quite obviously in the film.

Fans of Kurt may respect it, fans of Courtney are likely to despise it. I admit I am more a fan of Kurt than I could ever be of Courtney, he just seems a hell of a lot more real to me and she has scared me, long before this film made, with all the image make-overs and lame self-promoting publicity stunts. So I had no problem watching her get ripped into in this documentary. But a warning to hardcore HOLE fans, you may get extremely frustrated!

Like it or hate it, it won't bore you!


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