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Gram Parsons: Fallen Angel (2004)

On September 19, 1973, the musician and heir to a million-dollar fortune died under the influence of drugs and alcohol near his favourite place - the Joshua Tree National Monument in the ... See full summary »

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Gandulf Hennig
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Tracey MacLeod Tracey MacLeod ... Herself - Narrator (voice)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Peter Buck ... Himself - R.E.M.
Gretchen Carpenter Gretchen Carpenter ... Herself - Gram's Widow
Elvis Costello ... Himself
Pamela Des Barres ... Herself - Writer
Emmylou Harris ... Herself - Musician
Chris Hillman Chris Hillman ... Himself - Musician
Phil Kaufman Phil Kaufman ... Himself - Road Manager
Bernie Leadon Bernie Leadon ... Himself - Musician
John Nuese John Nuese ... Himself
Becky Parsons Gottsegen Becky Parsons Gottsegen ... Herself - Gram's Stepsister
Diane Parsons Diane Parsons ... Herself - Gram's Sister
Gram Parsons Gram Parsons ... Himself (archive footage)
Keith Richards ... Himself
Dwight Yoakam ... Himself - Musician
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On September 19, 1973, the musician and heir to a million-dollar fortune died under the influence of drugs and alcohol near his favourite place - the Joshua Tree National Monument in the Californian desert. As the founder of the Flying Burrito Brothers, a member of the hit-making, legendary Byrds, an important influence on the Rolling Stones and the man who catapulted Emmylou Harris to fame, Gram Parsons made music history in only a few years. The film was made on location by director and musician Gandulf Hennig and American music journalist, musician and biographer Sid Griffin. Friends, contemporaries and devotees of Gram Parsons talk about the importance of his work and the bizarre circumstances of his early death. Rare footage of his performances shows why Gram Parsons has become a legend. Interviewees include Gram's wife Gretchen, his sister and his daughter, Keith Richards, Emmylou Harris, Chris Hillman and "Road Manager" Phil Kaufman. Written by Anonymous

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Feature length documentary on the musician and million-dollar-heir Gram Parsons, his exceptional life, his bizarre death, and his deep impact on music history.

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Documentary | Music

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Germany | UK

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English

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29 April 2004 (USA) See more »

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1.78 : 1
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Sweet & Sour
16 June 2006 | by ytamsccSee all my reviews

Seeing this movie reminded me of the pitfall's that "stardom"can bring. I found this doc/ movie to further expand on the myth of Gram Parson musical legacy and influence in American music. It was profoundly sad that he had such a short stay. Yes the doc is shot at times with a lot of movement & at times the editing process is not smooth. Not much footage exists. The director made an effort to put together footage that was well over 20 years old! I found the content & tribute to Gram very tasteful & full of passion. It's been made with the best intentions. It projects the "sweet & sour" moments that human beings endure. I was moved to to tears seeing Emmy Lou talk about her "soulmate in music". I am glad that the director & friends who saw that this Doc was made brought forth many of the stories with them and shared with the fans his rise and fall in a manner that was both informative & entertaining. Kudos! It's a must see if you do love Gram Parsons. This is a tough story to tackle. I for one think that this tells a very HUMAN story.


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