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"Strange Fruit" had everything that makes a legendary rockband: Money, Fame, Success, Groupies, a Singer who died of drugs and even a divine ending, when lightning struck the stage during ... See full summary »

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Brian Gibson
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Nominated for 2 Golden Globes. Another 2 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Stephen Rea ... Tony Costello
Billy Connolly ... Hughie
Jimmy Nail ... Les Wickes
Timothy Spall ... David 'Beano' Baggot
Bill Nighy ... Ray Simms
Juliet Aubrey ... Karen Knowles
Helena Bergström ... Astrid Simms
Bruce Robinson ... Brian Lovell
Hans Matheson ... Luke Shand
Rachael Stirling ... Clare Knowles
Phil Daniels ... Neil Gaydon
Phil Davis ... Limo Driver
Frances Barber ... Lady in Black
Zoë Ball ... Zoë
Virginia Clay Virginia Clay ... Young Karen
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Storyline

"Strange Fruit" had everything that makes a legendary rockband: Money, Fame, Success, Groupies, a Singer who died of drugs and even a divine ending, when lightning struck the stage during an open-air. Twenty years later, all band members are minding their own businesses, the idea of a band reunion is brought up by, well, public request. Tony, the former keyboard player, sets out only to find his former friends working as a roofer, a gardener and a hotel clerk. They all became rather everyday people, married or still single, they definitely are not wild and crazy anymore. But with the help of former manager Karen, who is still dreaming of Brian, the apparently deceased lead guitarist, they all, old, fat and wrinkled as they are, try to catch that spirit again. Written by chijim222@yahoo.com

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When the music still matters and the flame still burns, you're never too old to rock n roll See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Music | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language, sexuality and drug content | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 January 1999 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Todavía locos See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$102,971, 24 January 1999

Gross USA:

$524,864

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$524,864
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The first gig of Strange Fruit in Amsterdam was filmed on the Lizboa boat that was docked at the IJhaven at the time the movie was made. See more »

Goofs

In one of the last performances, Luke asks Tony what key they're in and Tony shouts "E and B." But the chords actually being played in that part of the song are A and D. Could be another band foul-up, but at this point in the film, things are supposed to be coming together. See more »

Quotes

Tony Costello: The only thing I have of value, is this
[pulls out Necklace with a tooth on it]
Tony Costello: Jimi Hendrix's tooth, there was a fight in a pub down Oxford Street, someone planked him, and I picked it up. I knew he was a genius even then.
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Crazy Credits

At the end of the credits, voices are heard of members of Strange Fruit playing the Bands-with-body-parts-in-their-name game. See more »

Connections

References Apocalypse Now (1979) See more »

Soundtracks

THE FLAME STILL BURNS
Written by Mick Jones (as Jones), Marti Frederiksen (as Frederiksen) and Chris Difford (as Difford)
Performed by Strange Fruit with Jimmy Nail
1998 London Records 90 Ltd.
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A fantastic film.
6 September 2005 | by sam-rs6See all my reviews

This is perhaps the best rockumentary ever- a British, better This Is Spinal Tap. The characters are believable, the plot is great, and you can genuinely empathise with some of the events- such as Ray's problem with fitting in the band.

The soundtrack is excellent. Real period stuff, even if it is in the same key, you'll be humming some of the songs for days. What I liked was the nearly all-British cast, with some of the favourite household names. Ray's wife is priceless...

The film never drags, it just goes at the right pace, and has some genuinely funny sections in it. A generator of some really good catchphrases!

It's a hidden diamond.


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