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If I Should Fall from Grace: The Shane MacGowan Story (2001)

Music videos and archived footage of ex-Pogues singer Shane MacGowan. We follow his life from the early days in Ireland and England, through his formation of - and later dismissal from - The Pogues, to his new band The Popes.


Sarah Share




Credited cast:
Nick Cave ... Self
Philip Chevron Philip Chevron ... Self
Victoria Mary Clarke ... Self (as Victoria Clarke)
Elvis Costello ... Self (archive footage)
Johnny Depp ... Self (music video: "That Woman's Got Me Drinking") (archive footage)
Philip Gaston Philip Gaston ... Self
John Lydon ... Self (archive footage)
Kirsty MacColl ... Self - Song "Fairytale of New York" (archive footage)
Maurice MacGowan ... Self
Shane MacGowan ... Self
Therese MacGowan ... Self
Sinéad O'Connor ... Self - song "Haunted" (archive footage)
Deirdre O'Mahony Deirdre O'Mahony ... Self
The Pogues ... Themselves (archive footage)


Music videos and archived footage supplement recent interviews in this documentary of ex-Pogues singer Shane MacGowan. We follow his life from the early days in Ireland and England, through his formation of - and later dismissal from - The Pogues, to his new band The Popes. Shane's family, friends, and former bandmates comment on the music, the rumors, and the alcohol. Written by sienel

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The title is taken from The Pogues' 1987 album "If I Should Fall From Grace With God." See more »


Philip Chevron: If you had issues with alcohol there was no better - trust me - there was no better place in the world to bury them and hide them in than in The Pogues.
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The Old Main Drag
Written and Performed by The Pogues
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Films falls short of the subject
11 February 2011 | by thehumanskeletonSee all my reviews

As I read these reviews, I wonder if we were watching the same documentary or if those above watch many of them. I don't say that arrogantly, but rather I've seen some documentaries on great subject matters which have sadly fallen short due to bad editing or meandering paths with no seeming point in sight.

The documentaries which are similar to this one in which the subject matter was amazing but the film making fell short include "Billy Childish is Dead" and "Danielson: A Family Movie (or, Make a Joyful Noise Here)".

This documentary starts off well enough with many photos of a young Shane and sad interviews with his parents who carry their age much better than Shane. But this film features random bits of Shane signing shirts of middle aged ladies, about four or five complete music videos and a very odd meandering style which really was not conducive to the story.

The long and the short of it is that if you're not a Pogues fan, you might not want to have this be your intro to them. Go find your local Irish punk fan, get drunk with them on whiskey and rock out. It'd be better.

I found myself knowing enough about Shane that I always seemed about 10 minutes ahead of the time line of the film because the film was that slow. I found myself being bored because it was another random few minutes of footage with hard to hear interviews and grainy inside shots of Shane in another bar.

Overall, this documentary could have been 45 minutes shorter, had better paced editing and a more comprehensive set of interviewees. The five stars are for Pogues fans who will love this no matter what... the lack of five is for anyone else who doesn't know much about the band. You'd be better off watching the music videos on the bonus section of the DVD because that's about half the documentary right there.

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Release Date:

27 July 2001 (Ireland) See more »

Also Known As:

SHANE-THE POGUES:堕ちた天使の詩 See more »

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