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

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


"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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Absolutely mesmerizing!!!
8 November 2007 | by gsm-17See all my reviews

My wife and I didn't blink, except at the end when we were in tears. Honestly people, WATCH THIS DOCUMENTARY!!! I have seen them all, from The Tommy Dorsey Story to this, with Spinal Tap and The Ruttles in between. THIS IS THE BEST MUSIC DOCUMENTARY I HAVE EVER SEEN - BY A LONG WAYS. It is like one of those great songs that literally writes itself.

Peter Bogdanovich deserves an Academy Award. The pacing, the entry and exit from each scene or topic, the feel that is captured, the very subtle nuances, well....they're perfect. Thank you for not detouring away from the core band and their music! Bogdanovich makes the four hours seem like minutes. We didn't want it to stop.

It also helps to have great subject matter, and I now realize why Bogdanovich took on this project - Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers are the Real Deal. What they have given us is overwhelming. And what they went through and put up with in order to do it only adds to their reputation, and to the story itself.

My wife and I keep going back to the DVR and rewinding to scenes or moments that are totally captivating. And, it's true, we were both in tears at the end. It really is that good.

Thank you to Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers for letting us into your intensely fascinating world, to Peter Bogdanovich for capturing it so perfectly, to Tom Petty for staying true to his spirit, to Mike Campbell for showing us that a brilliant lead guitarist can also be reverent and humble and to everyone else - your synergy is an inspiration. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

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