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The Wrecking Crew! (2008)

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A celebration of the musical work of a group of session musicians known as "The Wrecking Crew", a band that provided back-up instrumentals to such legendary recording artists as Frank Sinatra, The Beach Boys and Bing Crosby.

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Denny Tedesco
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Denny Tedesco ... Narrator (voice)
Brian Wilson ... Self
Dick Clark ... Self
Cher ... Self
Herb Alpert ... Self
Glen Campbell ... Self
Nancy Sinatra ... Self
Micky Dolenz ... Self
Jimmy Webb ... Self
Carol Kaye Carol Kaye ... Self
Bones Howe ... Self
Al Casey Al Casey ... Self
Earl Palmer Earl Palmer ... Self
Hal Blaine ... Self
Tommy Tedesco Tommy Tedesco ... Self
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A celebration of the musical work of a group of session musicians known as "The Wrecking Crew", a band that provided back-up instrumentals to such legendary recording artists as Frank Sinatra, The Beach Boys and Bing Crosby.

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Taglines:

There Was Only One Band Behind Them All

Genres:

Documentary | Music

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for language, thematic elements and smoking images | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Although completed in 2008, the film wasn't released until 2015. The reason for the gap was problems with music licensing rights. It took a Kickstarter campaign to raise the $200,000 to clear them. See more »

Goofs

A brief live clip of Jan and Dean performing "Surf City" is misattributed to the Beach Boys. See more »

Quotes

Hal Blaine: [last line of Movie] What do you call a trombone player with a beeper?
Hal Blaine: An optimist.
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Connections

References Charlie's Angels (1976) See more »

Soundtracks

Lonely Bull
Written by Sol Lake
Performed by Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass
Courtesy of Lynn Adajian
By Arrangement with Nola Leone/Ace Music Services LLC.
Used by Permission of Shapiro, Bernstein & Co, Inc.
On behalf of the Leon Rene Family Partnership
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If you're over 60 or a musician, you need to see this
2 April 2015 | by jljacobiSee all my reviews

Even if you didn't grow up with the music, you're bound to recognize nearly all of it. And the film is done well enough that you should enjoy it even if the subject matter doesn't fascinate you right off the bat.

I first saw this film as a preview in Alameda when the director was showing it in private screenings to raise the money to pay the royalties. There are a lot of very famous, well-known songs and he was determined to see everyone got paid. After all, it's about a group of studio musicians who worked for a living.

Just saw it again, and it wears extremely well. It's a documentary, and there's naturally there's some nostalgia, but mostly it's a celebration that mirrors the light-hearted spirit of one of the main subjects, the director's father, Tommy Tedesco.

Like I said up front, if you grew up in the 60's or are a musician, it's a must see. For me it's a 9, but I lowered the rating a point as I realize not everyone is going to be as fascinated by the subject matter as I am.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 March 2015 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Wrecking Crew! See more »

Filming Locations:

Palm Springs, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$56,858, 15 March 2015

Gross USA:

$801,606

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$801,606
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(Buenos Aires Festival Internacional de Cine Independiente)

Color:

Color
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