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Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers: Runnin' Down a Dream (2007)

Not Rated | | Documentary, Music | 14 October 2007 (USA)
"Runnin' Down A Dream," a film directed by cinema legend Peter Bogdanovich, is the story of one of America's great rock and roll bands told as never before.


Peter Bogdanovich
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Credited cast:
Neil Armstrong ... Self (voice) (archive footage)
Mick Avory ... Self (archive footage)
Ron Blair Ron Blair ... Self
Peter Bogdanovich ... Self (voice)
Jackson Browne ... Self
Mike Campbell ... Self
Johnny Cash ... Self (archive footage)
Gene Clark Gene Clark ... Self (archive footage)
Mike Clarke Mike Clarke ... Self (archive footage)
Denny Cordell Denny Cordell ... Self
Carol Coughlin Carol Coughlin ... Self - Reporter (voice) (archive footage)
David Crosby ... Self (archive footage)
Ray Davies ... Self (archive footage)
Johnny Depp ... Self
George Drakoulias George Drakoulias ... Self


"Runnin' Down A Dream," a film directed by cinema legend Peter Bogdanovich, is the story of one of America's great rock and roll bands told as never before.

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Benmont Tench: Fucking play it - we're musicians! We're in the goddamn rock and roll Hall of Fame. Play your fucking guitars! Jesus.
Tom Petty: You're too reserved, you hold yourself in.
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Great doc
3 December 2007 | by brackenheSee all my reviews

I recently saw Amazing Journey about The Who and thought that was a very good doc. I resisted this one because of the running time (nearly 4 hours) but I sat down this afternoon and watched it. I'm about the same age as Petty so I kind of "grew up" with his music but I forget sometimes how great he is--how profound yet simple his lyrics are. This doc shows his long journey from a kid who just played a little music with his friends to the giant Rock & Roll hall of famer he became. I'll agree with some here who said he appears to be a laid back, go with the flow type of guy. However, there is something just underneath the surface shows how dedicated and driven he is as an artist. Band members came and went but none of them seemed bitter--just grateful to have been part of the experience until separate interests drove them to pursue other things. Even though it's a long film, it moves along and engages the viewer (it probably would help if you're a fan of the music.) All I can say is that toward the end of the movie, I was willing to break my long standing POV that I would never go to another concert. I want to see them in concert now. I probably won't but it did bring back a lot of memories and good feelings about a really great man and his music.

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14 October 2007 (USA) See more »

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Untitled Tom Petty Documentary See more »

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Warner Bros. See more »
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16 : 9
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