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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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Grotesquely insensitive and disrespectful documentary about Gram Parsons
23 May 2005 | by rustin-2See all my reviews

This is a slipshod documentary that is about as original and involving as an episode of VH1's Behind the Music. The production values are very poor, with much of the video footage shot erratically out the window of a moving car, and the editing is a clumsy, uninspired pastiche of quick pans and tilts across black and white still photos jarringly inter-cut with a relentless onslaught of meaningless talking heads (do we really need to hear from the girlfriend of Parson's manager or the best friend of Parson's dead stepfather?). We hear very little of Parson's music, most of which plays in the background under the interviews, and no one except Emmylou Harris manages to truly elucidate Parson's gifts as a singer and songwriter. Technically, the film is embarrassing, but it is even worse in its shameful final minutes, when it juxtaposes the bizarre circumstances of Parson's burial with the heartfelt grief of those who loved Parsons, and manipulates the audience into laughter when what we should be feeling is sadness. Fallen Angel is disrespectful of Gram Parsons' groundbreaking music, banal in its storytelling, and grotesquely insensitive to the people who knew and loved him.


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