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Hendrix (2000)

Biography of rock star Jimi Hendrix chronicles his early career, including a stint with Little Richard who fired him for getting too flamboyant, to his tragic failure. Struggling to find a ... See full summary »

Director:

Leon Ichaso

Writers:

Rob Weiss (as Hal Roberts), Butch Stein | 2 more credits »
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Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 1 win & 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Wood Harris ... Jimi Hendrix
Billy Zane ... Michael Jeffrey
Dorian Harewood ... Al Hendrix
Christian Potenza ... Chas Chandler
Vivica A. Fox ... Faye Pridgeon
Kris Holden-Ried ... Noel Redding (as Kristen J. Holdenried)
Christopher Ralph Christopher Ralph ... Mitch Mitchell
Christopher Bolton ... Ron Terry
Michie Mee Michie Mee ... Devon Wilson (as Michi Mee)
Ann Marin Ann Marin ... Linda Keith
Kevin Hanchard ... Little Richard
Kevin Duhaney Kevin Duhaney ... Young Jimi
Linda V. Carter Linda V. Carter ... Lucille Hendrix (as Linda Carter)
Clé Bennett ... Billy Cox
Brian Paul ... Henry Steingarten
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Storyline

Biography of rock star Jimi Hendrix chronicles his early career, including a stint with Little Richard who fired him for getting too flamboyant, to his tragic failure. Struggling to find a niche, he moves to England where he becomes friends with musician and producer Chas Chandler (Christian Portenza). Chas then teams him with Mitch Mitchell and Noel Redding (Krit Holdenreid, Christopher Ralph) to form the Experience. As Hendrix gets public attention, Chas then introduces him to a major record producer (Billy Zane) who takes over his career. While this gets Hendrix international exposure, it also places him in the hands of people interested only in the money aspects that his career offers them. One of the early disasters foisted on him by the record company is an opening bill for "The Monkees" on an American tour. His then unknown act is booed by teens just wanting to see their idols. A genius and a perfectionist, Hendrix drives everyone crazy as he starts making albums himself ... Written by John Sacksteder <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

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Taglines:

He set the world on fire

Genres:

Biography | Drama | Music

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language, sexuality and drug content
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 September 2000 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Room Full of Mirrors: The Jimi Hendrix Story See more »

Filming Locations:

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Company Credits

Production Co:

MGM Television See more »
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Runtime:

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

There was a change in directors partway through the shoot. The new director was not a fan of the period look which is why Wood Harris is often the only one in period costume and hair. See more »

Goofs

In an interview clip late in the movie, the head stock of Jimi's Strat is clearly visible. It isn't a Fender that Jimi would have used, but a Suhr, a brand of Superstrat that began production in 1997. See more »

Quotes

[Jimi is on stage at the Monterey Pop Festival]
Michael Jeffrey: Whose fucking idea was it to have him go on after the Who?
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lame
29 January 2010 | by mw1561See all my reviews

This is a movie that attempts to do nothing except exploit the Hendrix legend to make some money. It is a Walt Disney version of his life that tries to say as little as possible and offend as few as possible.

Jimi Hendrix was a very complex man who was a brilliant musician. I had the pleasure of seeing him perform in 1967. He was the only person I ever saw who could play lead guitar while singing simultaneously. Having said that, this movie I think is geared for people who were too young to remember him during his life. If you are old enough to remember Jimi Hendrix then this movie will have little appeal. A lot of ground is covered, but so very little time is spent on events that they become blurred and almost irrelevant. During the recording of "Electric Ladyland", one of the greatest rock albums ever by the way, the bassist becomes frustrated as accuses Jimi of treating him and the drummer as if they were groupies. Perhaps there was truth in that, but there was nothing in the film leading up to that scene that would have given evidence that this was so. This is but one example of the rush to cover too much ground.

All in all, this film is a cheap exploitation of Hendrix that might be useful as a history lesson for people under 40. But is is a fake history, so buyer beware.


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