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Dig! (2004)

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A documentary on the once-promising American rock bands The Brian Jonestown Massacre and The Dandy Warhols, and the friendship/rivalry between their respective founders, Anton Newcombe and Courtney Taylor.

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Cast

Credited cast:
Anton Newcombe Anton Newcombe ... Himself
Courtney Taylor-Taylor ... Himself
Joel Gion ... Himself
Matt Hollywood Matt Hollywood ... Himself
Peter Holmström Peter Holmström ... Himself
Zia McCabe Zia McCabe ... Herself
Brent DeBoer Brent DeBoer
Eric Hedford Eric Hedford ... Himself
Dean Taylor Dean Taylor ... Himself
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Brad Wm. Clark Brad Wm. Clark ... Himself
The Dandy Warhols The Dandy Warhols ... Themselves
Jeff Davies Jeff Davies ... Himself
Frankie Emerson Frankie Emerson ... Himself
Erik Gavriluk Erik Gavriluk ... Himself
Nic Harcourt Nic Harcourt ... Himself
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Storyline

A documentary on the rivalry between two rock bands. On one hand we have The Dandy Warhols, and its leader Courtney Taylor-Taylor, and on the other The Brian Jonestown Massacre, lead by Anton Newcombe. They used to be close friends but their differing lifestyles and ambitions, especially that of Anton Newcombe, have forced them apart, to the point of being enemies. Written by grantss

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Rated R for language and drug use | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 April 2005 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

DiG! See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$20,437, 3 October 2004, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$127,067, 19 December 2004
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Interloper Films See more »
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Color

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Courtney Taylor-Taylor is singer of The Dandy Warhols which is one the bands included on the documentary. Taylor-Taylor narrates the film, giving the viewer the idea that the opinions given are his own. See more »

Quotes

Anton Newcombe: The artist is going to create a sound for his concise purpose, using a modular synthesizing apparatus... from radio shack.
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Soundtracks

Cool As Kim Deal
Written by Courtney Taylor-Taylor (as C. Taylor)
Performed by The Dandy Warhols
Published Courtesy Chrysalis Music Limited / Dandy Warhol Music, Inc.
Courtesy of Capitol Records
Under License from EMI Film & Television Music
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Worth it regardless if you're a fan of the bands
20 May 2005 | by linze26See all my reviews

I couldn't find anyone to watch DiG! with me because no one I knew was a fan of either of the bands. Naturally everyone assumed you can only enjoy this film if you like the music of either The Dandy Warhols or the Brian Jonestown Massacre, but this is so far from the truth. The only requirement is that you have an interest in music and/or pop culture in general. The way in which the careers of the two groups are paralleled is a perfect representation of the paths a band can take, and watching the public eat up and spit out the Dandy Warhols is fascinating. I agree with other reviews that mention it would be nice to get a final word from Anton himself, since he's clearly depicted as his own worst enemy and the bulwark to the band's ability to just remain.

Most interesting to me is the Dandys' respect for the BJM (despite their lack or reciprocation) and for Anton (despite his erratic behavior). The Dandy Warhols respect the art the group produces even if the group hates everything the Dandy Warhols now stand for (although that's disputable). The best line is when the drummer for the Dandy's says "I won't have them anywhere new me again" and the guitarist unconsciously blurts out "I'll still buy their records though." To me, this just shows how powerful good music can be.

Definitely see this movie, even if you know nothing of either band. It's more about the themes of rock music and how they develop that makes this film so interesting. It's rare to follow a group so closely for so long.


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