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New York Doll (2005)

A recovering alcoholic and recently converted Mormon, Arthur "Killer" Kane, of the rock band The New York Dolls, is given a chance at reuniting with his band after 30 years.

Director:

Greg Whiteley

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Credited cast:
Nina Antonia ... Herself
Bishop Bragg Bishop Bragg ... Himself
Clem Burke Clem Burke ... Himself
Leee Black Childers Leee Black Childers ... Himself
Steve Conte Steve Conte ... Himself
Bob Geldof ... Himself
Mara Hennessey Mara Hennessey ... Herself
Chrissie Hynde ... Herself
Frank Infante Frank Infante ... Himself
David Johansen ... Himself
Mick Jones ... Himself
Arthur Kane Arthur Kane ... Himself
Barbara Kane Barbara Kane ... Herself
Brian Koonin Brian Koonin ... Himself
Dawn Laureen Dawn Laureen ... Herself
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A recovering alcoholic and recently converted Mormon, Arthur "Killer" Kane, of the rock band The New York Dolls, is given a chance at reuniting with his band after 30 years.

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From rock star to rock bottom and back. See more »

Genres:

Documentary | Music

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for drug content | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 October 2005 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Нью-Йоркская куколка See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$17,583, 30 October 2005, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$217,655, 12 March 2006
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One Potato Productions See more »
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Color
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Excellent portrayal of living in obscurity after Fame. And 2nd chances
9 October 2005 | by arroden2See all my reviews

I was lucky enough to catch this movie as part of the Talk Cinema series at The Bridge Cinema De Lux in Los Angeles. I am certain I never would have gone to see this movie if it weren't part of the program and I was even cynical for the first 15 minutes or so. But once you see Arthur Kane and hear him speak you quickly become drawn to him. He is such a quiet, mild-mannered guy of few words but what he does say is usually profound. You are rooting for him from the start even though it seems that the best of his years ended over 2 decades ago. It is interesting to see Arthur's relationship with the Mormon church as result of what appears to be a very sad, drug-addicted life. He finds new purpose in the church and a new job helps suppress some old demons. The director, Greg Whitely, is smart not to make this a Mormon propaganda piece but adding that aspect of Arthur's life makes him come across as a normal guy who just happened to come into fame as a young man and come into a spiritual awakening as an older man. There was a Q&A with the director and producer after the movie and their passion for their subject is obvious and it comes across in the film. Arthur is such a tremendously likable man and even though you may not like rock music, or care about the 70's punk scene (Many of those in attendance admitted they thought that they would not like this movie)you come to care about him and the chance of him possibly tasting fame just one more time. This is an excellent documentary and unlike a lot of Michael Moore films and Moore knock-offs, you never feel a heavy hand pushing the film to make you feel one way or another. The story unravels and it is genuinely compelling. This will likely be in extremely limited release in NY and LA with hopes of making a run for Best Doc Oscar and DVD sales...but do yourself a favor and seek out this film.


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