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Once Were Brothers: Robbie Robertson and the Band (2019)

Once Were Brothers: Robbie Robertson and The Band (original title)
A confessional, cautionary, and occasionally humorous tale of Robbie Robertson's young life and the creation of one of the most enduring groups in the history of popular music, The Band.

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Daniel Roher

Writer:

Daniel Roher
2 wins & 5 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
The Band ... Themselves (archive footage)
Robbie Robertson ... Self
Bruce Springsteen ... Self
Rick Danko ... Self - Bass and Vocals, The Band (archive footage)
Levon Helm ... Self - Vocals and Drums, The Band (archive footage)
Richard Manuel ... Self - Piano and Vocals, The Band (archive footage)
Garth Hudson ... Self (archive footage)
Eric Clapton ... Self
Martin Scorsese ... Self
Taj Mahal ... Self
Rosemarie 'Dolly' Robertson ... Self - Robbie's Mother (archive footage)
Chuck Berry ... Self (archive footage)
Jann Wenner ... Self - Co-Founder, Rolling Stone Magazine
Ronnie Hawkins ... Self
Jim Robertson ... Self - Robbie's Father (archive footage)
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Once Were Brothers: Robbie Robertson and The Band is a confessional, cautionary, and occasionally humorous tale of Robbie Robertson's young life and the creation of one of the most enduring groups in the history of popular music, The Band. The film is a moving story of Robertson's personal journey, overcoming adversity and finding camaraderie alongside the four other men who would become hi brothers in music and who together made their mark on music history. Once Were Brothers blends rare archival footage, photography iconic songs and interviews with many of Robertson's friends and collaborators including Bruce Springsteen, Eric Clapton, Van Morrison Martin Scorsese, Peter Gabriel, Taj Mahal, Dominique Robertson, Ronnie Hawkins, and more. In a career spanning six decades, Robbie Robertson has continued to create as a songwriter, producer, performer, actor, author and film composer. A half-Mohawk, half-Jewish kid from Toronto, Robertson would travel from the dives of Yonge Street to ...

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some language and drug references | See all certifications »
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Robertson and Hawkins remark in the film that Robbie Robertson composed two songs that Hawkins recorded with his band, The Hawks, for their 1959 album, Mr. Dynamo - titled "Hey, Baba Lou" and "Someone Like You" - when he was only 15. See more »

Quotes

John Simon: Robbie said, I wanna work with Ingmar Bergman. That's not a thing a rock-and-roller would say: I wanna work with Ingmar Bergman.
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Connections

Edited from The Last Waltz (1978) See more »

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Nice puff piece
8 July 2020 | by snakester-99955See all my reviews

I love the Band and watching this documentary made me really think about things and how it all turned out... Unfortunately, Robertson took all the writing credit $ for songs the rest of the band helped arrange and SING, causing an unnecessary rift. Only after decades not talking does he sees his old 'best friend', Levon Helm, when he's unconscious on his deathbed. The only living member, Garth Hudson, is not interviewed. Net worth Robbie Robertson, $40 million. Garth Hudson, $1million..Hmm...Just sayin.


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Canada | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 February 2020 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$37,828, 23 February 2020

Gross USA:

$449,561

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$536,534
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1.85 : 1
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