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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 overview, first billed only:
... Himself
Carla Thomas ... Herself
... Himself
... Himself
... Herself
... Himself
The Chi-Lites ... Themselves
Ann Peebles ... Herself
... Himself
Jaye Michael Davis ... Himself
Don Bryant ... Himself
... Himself
Joyce Moore ... Herself
Jon Tiver ... Himself
Gail Webb ... Herself


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.


Documentary | Music

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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




Release Date:

15 August 2003 (Austria)  »

Also Known As:

Csak az erősek élik túl  »


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$22,035, 11 May 2003, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$57,322, 6 July 2003
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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Roger Friedman: So, Sam, how have you survived?
Sam Moore: I'm one of the most luckiest - and I'm the most blessed - person that you're ever going to find. One among.
Joyce Moore: You know what his nickname is? Ask Issac. Issac calls him Bless.
Sam Moore: Yeah.
Joyce Moore: Blessed.
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In the Midnight Hour
Written by Wilson Pickett and Steve Cropper
Performed by Wilson Pickett
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For musical purists of the high-order
19 May 2003 | by See all my reviews

ONLY THE STRONG SURVIVE (2003) *** Featuring: William Bell,

Jerry Butler, The Chi-Lites, Isaac Hayes, Sam Moore, Ann Peebles, Wilson Pickett, Sir Mack Rice, Carla Thomas, Rufus Thomas, Mary Wilson. Entertaining documentary by vets Chris Hegedus and D.A. Pennebaker focusing on the pioneering r&b, soul & pop singers and musicians of Stax records among others thru interviews interspersed with the still on-fire performers in action on stage and in concert. Note: the film is dedicated to Rufus Thomas who passed away shortly prior to the film's release.

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