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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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Speakin' the Truth
Written by Rakaa Taylor, Ahmir-Khalib Thompson (as Ahmir K. Thompson)
Published by Avatar Music Publishing (ASCAP)
Performed by Dilated Peoples, feat. Haj
Courtesy of Avatar Records
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Officially Two Thumbs Up
3 April 2007 | by realitycompanySee all my reviews

I saw this movie today at the Widwest Independent Film Festival, and I was blown away. The most exciting documentary i've ever seen, not only about hip hop, which isn't really what it was about, but more so just in general, I have yet to this date seen a documentary quite like this one. This will have you in the edge of your seat, guaranteed. Everybody in the audience, rather black, white, latino, Asian, 20 years old to 80 years old, was laughing and crying and leaning forward all throughout the movie. This is truly a historical piece, considering it is the last time Wu Tang Clan ever performed together on stage with all original members... If it were up to me, i'd have this movie release in 4000 locations, but unfortunately, its not. Sage Francis will tell you that in the movie himself.

Officially, I give this two thumbs up! Only part I don't like is the fact I only have two thumbs.

-Helton Sales Siqueira, aka Brazilionaire


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