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Rock the Bells (2006)

Not Rated | | Documentary, Music | 11 April 2007 (USA)
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An inside look at what it took to bring the Wu-Tang Clan together for their final performance at the Rock the Bells Hip-Hop festival.

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Denis Henry Hennelly (as Denis Hennelly), Casey Suchan
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Credited cast:
Chali 2na Chali 2na ... Himself - Jurassic 5
D.J. Abilities D.J. Abilities ... Himself (as Abilities)
Babu Babu ... Himself - Dilated Peoples (as D.J. Babu)
Jerome Baldwin Jerome Baldwin ... Himself
Banger Banger ... Himself - Manager
Cappadonna Cappadonna ... Himself
D.J. Choc D.J. Choc ... Himself - D.J. (as Mr. Choc)
Chuck D ... Himself - Public Enemy
Davey D Davey D ... Himself - Journalist
DJ Dice DJ Dice ... Himself
Dilated Peoples Dilated Peoples ... Themselves
Nader Elwan Nader Elwan ... Himself - Brian's Assistant
Eyedea Eyedea ... Himself
Sage Francis Sage Francis ... Himself - Performer
Carla Garcia Carla Garcia ... Herself - The Right Hand
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Rock the Bells is a documentary on the preparation and realization of the original Wu-Tang Clan's final live performance. The film focuses on hip-hop concert promoter Chang Weisberg, whose Guerrilla Union production company showcases live hip-hop of a noncommercial bent. Weisberg comes across as a mixture of fanboy and snake-oil salesman, but it is his attention to detail that allows him to undertake what no other promoter had managed to accomplish in a long time: the presentation of the complete original lineup of the Wu-Tang Clan in live performance. Using a small, cohesive team of immensely likable, pleasant people, Weisberg navigates all the pitfalls of his endeavor with composure, even when the concert is in full-throttle. Hours before the concert is supposed to begin, the Guerrilla Union crew is forced to contend with an incompetent security team, an overanxious crowd on the verge of rioting, and the singular mania of the now deceased Ol' Dirty Bastard, in what amounts to a ... Written by Matthew Lehrer

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A tribute to the spirit of Hip-Hop.

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Documentary | Music

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Country:

USA

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English

Release Date:

11 April 2007 (USA) See more »

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New York City, New York, USA See more »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$1,325, 11 April 2007, Limited Release
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The Exquisite
Written by Rana Chatterjee, Jake Dutton
Published by Boro Dada Music (SOCAN) and Sony/ATV Music Publishing (ASCAP)
Performed by Arcee, feat. Supernatural (as MC Supernatural)
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One of the best documentaries on any subject.
22 November 2006 | by dirtdingusSee all my reviews

Masterful documentary.

I saw Rock The Bells in Cardiff, Wales during our annual Film Festival and the crowd(who were a fairly mixed crowd of ages and cultural backgrounds) were eating it up. I love the movie and i can't wait for the DVD!!! Extremely exciting. Extremely funny. Extremely visceral- you can't help but empathise with Chang and Carlos's exasperation with the talent. Fascinating for anyone interested in concert promotion, the Wu-Tang or Alt-Hip-hop. Of all the reviews - i concur most with Craig Mathison's for The Age, Ausralia.

One of the best movies i've seen this year.


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