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Joe Strummer: The Future Is Unwritten (2007)

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As the front man of the Clash from 1977 onwards, Joe Strummer changed people's lives forever. Four years after his death, his influence reaches out around the world, more strongly now than ... See full summary »

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Credited cast:
Brigitte Bardot ... Herself (archive footage)
Bono ... Himself
Steve Buscemi ... Himself
Terry Chimes ... Himself
John Cooper Clarke John Cooper Clarke ... Himself
John Cusack ... Himself
Peter Cushing ... Winston Smith (archive footage)
Johnny Depp ... Himself
Matt Dillon ... Himself
Tymon Dogg Tymon Dogg ... Himself
Joe Ely ... Himself
Dick Evans Dick Evans ... Himself
Flea ... Himself
Alasdair Gillis ... Himself
Ian Gillis Ian Gillis ... Himself
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As the front man of the Clash from 1977 onwards, Joe Strummer changed people's lives forever. Four years after his death, his influence reaches out around the world, more strongly now than ever before. In "The Future Is Unwritten", from British film director Julien Temple, Joe Strummer is revealed not just as a legend or musician, but as a true communicator of our times. Drawing on both a shared punk history and the close personal friendship which developed over the last years of Joe's life, Julien Temple's film is a celebration of Joe Strummer - before, during and after the Clash. Written by IFC First Take

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A celebration of Joe Strummer - Before, during and after The Clash


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Ireland | UK

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18 May 2007 (Ireland) See more »

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Il futuro non è scritto - Joe Strummer See more »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$20,880, 4 November 2007, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$248,182, 27 January 2008

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$677,962, 14 October 2007
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Joe Strummer, voice of a generation, and to me an inspiration.
27 November 2008 | by SpikeopathSee all my reviews

A documentary charting the life and untimely death of one of the leading figures in the Punk movement in Great Britain in the late 70s. From pub rock beginnings to filling out stadiums in North America, this film attempts to create an in-depth marker to just what made the Clash front man tick.

First off let me say that I myself consider myself to be one of The Clash, and Strummer's biggest fans. Being around at the time of the Punk explosion, I still to this day, live my life as a Punk in spirit. For sure this is an invaluable film for fans and anybody who's interested in getting involved with Joe and his music, with some of the early footage (to me at least) being quite simply priceless. Yet it's lacking the necessary edge to make it one of music's great documentaries.

Julien Temple (who set the benchmark for rock docs with his brilliant The Filth And The Fury in 2000) tells it well, edits it nicely and gets the tight and trusted friends and colleagues to line up with back slapping praise. You got the likes of Bono, Martin Scorsese, Johnny Depp, Flea, John Cussack and Michael Stipe, all men of substance who certainly don't need to be on this film to make themselves seem cool-so you can rest assured that these guys mean it when they are dishing out the plaudits to one of Punks great fathers. But, and here's the thing with me, the itch that I just can't scratch, why has important periods in The Clash/Strummer's life been given over to so many filled in back slaps? Anyone who knows their Clash history will know of the troubled making of their second album, Give Em Enough Rope, it's not even mentioned here! From The Clash's debut album we lurch forward to London Calling, it's a gap of some distinction I can tell you, and practically unforgivable. I was further annoyed that the new look Clash around the time of Cut The Crap was given about a two minute overview, this was a very critical time in Joe's life, but we basically just get told that, oh Joe was unhappy and the new guys were in awe of him.

This is far from definitive, but as it is, it's probably the only documentary we will ever have on the late great Joe Strummer. So with that in mind I'm truly thankful. But as glad as I am that it exists, I'm equally annoyed that the story has holes that have not been filled because Mr Temple (perhaps wondering just how many people would want to see the picture) has over crammed in the plaudits. 7/10


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