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We Are The World: The Story Behind The Song (1985)

We Are the World (original title)
In 1984, British and Irish pop stars united for the cause of Ethiopian famine relief as Band Aid. The following year, the Americans did the same as USA for Africa. This is how it happened.

Director:

Tom Trbovich

Writer:

Mikal Gilmore (narration)
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Cast

Credited cast:
Jane Fonda ... Herself - Hostess
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Dan Aykroyd ... Himself
Harry Belafonte ... Himself
Kim Carnes ... Herself
Ray Charles ... Himself
Bob Dylan ... Himself
Sheila E. ... Herself
Bob Geldof ... Himself
Daryl Hall ... Himself
James Ingram ... Himself
Michael Jackson ... Himself
Al Jarreau ... Himself
Billy Joel ... Himself
Louis Johnson Louis Johnson ... Himself - Bassist
Quincy Jones ... Himself - Conductor
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Storyline

The program takes a closer look at the huge event behind the recording of the USA for Africa's song and clip 'We Are the World', a massive concentration of influential artists of the period who joined forces to produce a great effort to combat the famine in Africa during the 1980's. Jane Fonda hosts the documentary, which follows the rehearsals for the song, the interaction between the artists and how their collaboration was put together. Written by Rodrigo Amaro

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Documentary | Music

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 January 1985 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

We Are The World: The Story Behind The Song See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$65,000,000, 31 December 1999
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Rumour has it, Fleetwood Mac's Stevie Nicks was asked to sing, either as a soloist or in the choir. However, when she could not make it, bandmate Lindsey Buckingham was tapped to join the choir. See more »

Quotes

Huey Lewis: [discussing the word change in the song lyrics] "Better"? No, no, "brighter". It's gonna be "brighter", now.
Stevie Wonder: "Better" has more bite.
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Connections

Referenced in Scream Queens: Seven Minutes in Hell (2015) See more »

Soundtracks

Day-O (The Banana Boat Song)
(uncredited)
Traditional
Performed by USA for Africa
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Springsteen, Dylan, and others...
22 May 2001 | by kschneidSee all my reviews

Nice documentary of the making of this most famous song/video. The highlight for me had to be the Stevie Wonder/Bruce Springsteen duet in the middle of the song. The songs essence and passion is evident during this section of the performance. I do wish Cyndi Lauper and other pop singers didn't have such a large role in this performance, but it's good overall.


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