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Unrated | | Documentary, Music | 21 June 2002 (USA)
First-time filmmaker and award-winning photographer Sam Jones documents the recording of Wilco's album, "Yankee Hotel Foxtrot."

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Sam Jones

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Cast

Credited cast:
Jeff Tweedy ... Himself
John Stirratt John Stirratt ... Himself
Leroy Bach Leroy Bach ... Himself
Glenn Kotche Glenn Kotche ... Himself
Jay Bennett Jay Bennett ... Himself
Greg Kot Greg Kot ... Himself
Tony Margherita Tony Margherita ... Himself
Fred Armisen ... Himself
Wes Orshoski Wes Orshoski ... Himself
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Bill Bentley Bill Bentley
David Bither David Bither
Lin Brehmer Lin Brehmer
Chris Brickley Chris Brickley
Ken Coomer Ken Coomer ... Himself
David Fricke David Fricke
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Storyline

First time director Sam Jones documents the making of Wilco's fourth studio Album, Yankee Hotel Foxtrot. Named after the Wilco song that is featured on Yankee Hotel Foxtrot, an album that strays from the Alt-country that made them famous. Jones' desire was to document the creative work of YHF's production, he seems to have found a bit more, including band members departing and a conflict with Reprise record company. This is a true documentry of art versus money-driven media conglomerates. Written by J. Robert Putzer <hoplite59@yahoo.com>

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Documentary | Music

Certificate:

Unrated
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Details

Official Sites:

Wilco the Movie

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 June 2002 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Chicago, Illinois, USA

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$10,776, 28 July 2002

Gross USA:

$445,522

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$445,522
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Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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According to Sam Jones, the members of Wilco never complained or asked for space during filming. At one point, Jones said, "I had the camera next to (John Stirratt), pointing straight at him, and he flubbed his bass line. The song stopped, and (Jay Bennett) yelled out, 'That one was going so great!' I felt terrible, but John, ever the gentleman, claimed that I didn't have anything to do with him messing up. (Yeah right, you try doing your job all day with a virtual stranger pointing a giant camera at you.)" See more »

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References Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (1971) See more »

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For Wilco fans... NOT doc fans...
26 April 2005 | by ashVIDSee all my reviews

I am fairly confused reading some of the reviews... this was NOT a fly on the wall, eye opening documentary at all. It was something between an EPK and a longform video. Have those of you making such comments seen any real docs? This film looks like what it is... a great photographer who does not know how to tell a story in a cut, just from his still images.

You learn very little about Wilco and if you are not into the music, it is not watchable. There is 33 minutes before any bit of drama or story begins to unfold. All the hyped record label struggle is REFLECTIVE and only one single phone call unfolds before your eye. I found the film great to look at but hard to watch. It looks like something that was controlled, curbed and guided, not a REAL documentary. I happen to love YHF and the most enjoyable part of this film was hearing those songs but it was a complete distraction to the story.

Some Kind of Monster is a FAR FAR superior film and I cant stomach the music of Metallica. I Am Trying to Break Your Heart is flat, uninspiring and in general does not serve the story it is said to represent...

ash =o)


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