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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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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

Ensemble includes 5 Academy Award winners (Lionel Richie, Stevie Wonder, Bruce Springsteen, and Bob Dylan, as well as host/narrator Jane Fonda) and 10 nominees (Dan Aykroyd, James Ingram, Huey Lewis, Johnny Colla, Chris Hates, Kenny Loggins, Bette Midler, Willie Nelson, Diana Ross, and Paul Simon). 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 USA for Africa: We Are the World (1985) See more »

Soundtracks

Day-O (The Banana Boat Song)
(uncredited)
Traditional
Performed by USA for Africa
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We are the World
22 February 2005 | by sonyachittiSee all my reviews

Even 20 years after its release, We are the World continues to make my hair rise! The passion, dedication, harmony and sheer beauty of the song makes it a complete anthem and it should go down in history and a world anthem altogether. Congratulations Quincy Jones and every other artist who performed the track. I wait for another. I hadn't watched the video in a while, but I saw it strangely on MTV today and I decided to go back to my old music videos and watch this one. It was incredible, I listened to it repeatedly and was awestruck each time. The spirit of togetherness and harmony amongst the artists makes the experience worth it, every single time. Keep up the good work USA for Africa!


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