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Hysteria: The Def Leppard Story (2001)

A dramatization of the early years of the hard rock band, Def Leppard, the group faces both success and personal tragedies such as drummer, Rick Allen losing his arm in a car accident and guitarist Steve Clark's alcohol addiction.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Nick Bagnall Nick Bagnall ... Pete Willis
Karl Geary ... Steve Clark
Adam MacDonald ... Rick Savage
Esteban Powell ... Phil Collen
Orlando Seale ... Joe Elliott
Tat Whalley Tat Whalley ... Rick Allen
Dean McDermott ... Peter Mensch
Amber Valletta ... Lorelei Shellist
Anthony Michael Hall ... Mutt Lange
Brett Watson Brett Watson ... Tony Kenning
Danette Mackay Danette Mackay ... Mrs. Elliot
Matt Cooke Matt Cooke ... Barry Clark
Larry Day ... Joe Elliott Sr.
Emma Stevens Emma Stevens ... Mrs. Allen
Ivan Smith ... Doctor


In the late 1970s Britain, Joe Elliot joins a small time rock band that becomes Def Leppard. Soon taking control of the band with his perfectionism, Elliot and his mates strive to reach the top despite their personal strife that drives the less determined members away for more driven ones. By 1982, Def Leppard becomes a rock sensation, only to find that success has its own problems. Whether it be drummer Rick Allen's dismembering accident or guitarist Steve Clark's equally self-destructive alcoholism, the band struggles to keep the loyalty, tenacity and creativity that would make the group one of the greatest in rock history. Written by Kenneth Chisholm (kchishol@rogers.com)

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Music made them legends. Tragedy made them heroes.


Biography | Drama | Music

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some drug use | See all certifications »



USA | Canada



Release Date:

18 July 2001 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Histeria - A História do Def Leppard See more »

Filming Locations:

Montréal, Québec, Canada

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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Includes an entirely re-recorded version of the early Def Leppard song "Getcha Rocks Off", which was recorded without involvement of any Def Leppard members. See more »


When they are flying over London right after the American tour, we see a plane landing. The only problem is that it's a Boeing 727. It is unlikely any airliner would use this type of plane for a transatlantic flight. Reason number one is that it's a narrow bodied aircraft, reason number two, transatlantic flights accommodate large numbers of people, and therefore almost always use giant jetliners. See more »


Steve: Why'd you park your car so stupid?
Joe: How could I park it, if I lent it to him?
Phil: You lent me your car?
Joe: Yes,last night so you could take Lo back to the airport.
Steve: Why'd he take her?
Joe: You both took her, you were with him.
Steve: I was.
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pretty good, in a TV movie of the week way....
10 March 2002 | by gazzo-2See all my reviews

It's nothing new or special if you have seen the Def Lepperd 'Behind the Music' episode, and I found some of the stuff-lip synching, concert set, etc-to be iffy-but otherwise, it's fine. The casting, acting, etc is good. The guys do look like Def Lepperd pretty much. You are hard pressed to get the bass player more than a cameo appearence, and that's not fair, he's been there since day one; and yeah predictably enough the drummer and doomed guitar player Clark are the ones the script centers in on. It's cliched stuff too.

But-the music is good, the band was good and important in their day, for a TV flick of the week it's alright. Beats the heck outta any 'Black Flag' or 'Ramones' bio either-it's about a group that actually sold records, filled up stadiums and had hits.

** outta ****

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