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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.

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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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one man. two journeys. See more »

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Documentary | Music

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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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Interesting non traditional rock doc
1 February 2005 | by taylor745See all my reviews

I caught this film at the Sundance Film Festival. It was one of the most popular films of the series. I'm not a big rock fan nor am I a documentary junkie, but I really liked this film. The back story was that the director began filming the story of a fallen rocker just as amazing things began to happen in his life. Catch it if you have a chance.

Here is the Sundance write up. New York Doll relates the meteoric rise, resounding fall, and recent all-too-brief resurrection of the seminal New York glam-rock-punk band, the New York Dolls, but it is foremost a story about the band's amazing bassist and leader, Arthur "Killer" Kane. With empathy, respect, and humor, director and friend Greg Whiteley follows Kane and interviews key musicians, friends, and colleagues to uncover the legacy of the Dolls and their significant impact on the London music scene in the dizzying heyday of the early 1970s.

After Kane and his band bottom-out on drugs and alcohol, he disappears from music, embracing a surprisingly different path when he becomes a born-again Mormon. When rocker Morrissey organizes a London reunion of the New York Dolls, Kane buys his guitar back from a pawnshop, takes leave of his Family Center library job, and heads back to New York City to prepare for an unlikely comeback.

How will the reconstituted band pull off its first performance in 30 years? Can these musicians possibly recapture the energy and élan that made them legends in their own brief time? What awaits Kane after his short reprise in the spotlight? The answers make New York Doll an entertaining, exhilarating, warmly human, and ultimately bittersweet paean to an era and the man lovingly described by friend and band member David Johansen as "the miracle of God's creation."— Diane Weyermann


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