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Only the Strong Survive (2002)

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A film featuring the veteran soul music artists and music of Stax Records.
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Rufus Thomas ... Himself
Carla Thomas Carla Thomas ... Herself
Isaac Hayes ... Himself
Wilson Pickett ... Himself
Mary Wilson ... Herself
Sam Moore ... Himself
The Chi-Lites The Chi-Lites ... Themselves
Ann Peebles Ann Peebles ... Herself
Jerry Butler ... Himself
Jaye Michael Davis Jaye Michael Davis ... Himself
Don Bryant Don Bryant ... Himself
Luther Ingram ... Himself
Joyce Moore Joyce Moore ... Herself
Jon Tiver Jon Tiver ... Himself
Gail Webb Gail Webb ... Herself
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Storyline

Stax Records launched the careers of Otis Redding, Sam & Dave, Carla & Rufus Thomas, and Booker T. & The MGs back in the 1960s and 70s. But then disco hit big and all but wiped soul music off the map. This documentary harkens back to the golden era of soul and catches up with the carriers of the Stax dynasty, including Wilson Pickett, Sam Moore, Mary Wilson, Isaac Hayes, and The Chi Lites. Written by Anonymous

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A celebration of soul.

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Documentary | Music

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for brief language and a drug reference | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 August 2003 (Austria) See more »

Also Known As:

Csak az erősek élik túl See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$22,035, 11 May 2003

Gross USA:

$57,322
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Quotes

Roger Friedman: I have to tell you, nobody wears sunglasses like you. You are the best sunglass wearer.
Isaac Hayes: Let me tell you a secret behind this. This glasses was a security blanket. There was a moment I was so shy, I was scared when I first did Dick Clark.
Sam Moore: That's right!
Isaac Hayes: I was scared to death! I put these shades on - it was like an ostrich with his head in a hole. I thought I was safe behind those shades.
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Soundtracks

Soul Survivor
Written by Dan Penn, Jon Tiven and Sally Tiven
Performed by Wilson Pickett
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talented musicians, untalented filmmakers, amateurish cameramen
8 May 2003 | by perlnerSee all my reviews

It was sort of interesting, and at times entertaining, to hear the stories of these very successful singers.

Interestingly enough, not being too familiar with this kind of music, and not having heard much of it before, I wasn't actually all that impressed with their voices...too rough for my taste. But their musicianship was evident, and it was educational to find out more about this style of music.

However, the film itself didn't really hold my attention or draw me in. It was sort of like watching home videos of people I don't know, in not-particularly-interesting contexts. Furthermore, they never really developed on the theme suggested by the title. By comparison, "Standing in the Shadows of Motown" is a similar film with more coherence.

The worst part, by far, however, was the filming itself. Much of it was shot with hand-held cameras and no attempt at steadiness. The result shook and made the audience queasy. Luckily, they were too busy closing their eyes to listen to the music to notice.


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