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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:
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


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) See more »

Also Known As:

Csak az erősek élik túl See more »


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$22,035, 11 May 2003, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$57,322, 6 July 2003
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



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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When Something Is Wrong with My Baby
Written by Isaac Hayes & David Porter
Performed by Sam Moore
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Nostalgic trip
21 February 2005 | by jotix100See all my reviews

Directors Chris Hegedes and D.A. Pennebaker's documentary, while not clarifying more about the musicians, evoke a bygone era and the glorious music these artists we see in the film gave us.

We owe a great debt of gratitude to the talented performers showcased in the film. They gave the American public, and the world at large, some of the best songs of the 20th century. Their stories are presented for their fans to cherish. We remember how great these artists were. These performers take us back to many hours of pure entertainment they gave to their adoring fans and how generous they were with their enormous talent.

We see in the movie giants of the popular music such as William Bell, Jerry Butler, The Chi-Lites, Isaac Hayes, Sam Moore, Ann Peebles, Wilson Pickett, Mary Wilson, Carla Thomas. among others.

Their stories and recollections are captured in the documentary. This is a film to cherish by all popular music lovers.

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