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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
1 win & 5 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Denny Tedesco Denny Tedesco ... Narrator (voice)
Brian Wilson ... Himself
Dick Clark ... Himself
Cher ... Herself
Herb Alpert ... Himself
Glen Campbell ... Himself
Nancy Sinatra ... Herself
Micky Dolenz ... Himself
Jimmy Webb ... Himself
Carol Kaye Carol Kaye ... Herself
Bones Howe ... Himself
Al Casey Al Casey ... Himself
Earl Palmer Earl Palmer ... Himself
Hal Blaine ... Himself
Tommy Tedesco Tommy Tedesco ... Himself
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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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 March 2015 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La fabbrica del Rock See more »

Filming Locations:

Palm Springs, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$56,858, 15 March 2015, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$800,521, 19 July 2015
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(Buenos Aires Festival Internacional de Cine Independiente)

Color:

Color
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Trivia

Dedicated to the late session guitarist Tommy Tedesco, father of director Denny Tedesco. See more »

Goofs

A sequence showing an unseen hand flipping through a record bin containing albums on which the Wrecking Crew played. But one of the LP's is the Supremes' "Where Did Our Love Go?," whose backing was played by Motown's Detroit-based house band, the Funk Brothers, not the Wrecking Crew. 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 Fantasy Island (1977) See more »

Soundtracks

The Grease Patrol
Written by Plas Johnson
Performed by Plas Johnson
Courtesy of Probe Music
Dedicated by Gaye D. Funk
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2 August 2015 | by moonspinner55See all my reviews

First-rate documentary on the evolving group of Los Angeles session musicians self-dubbed The Wrecking Crew who, throughout the 1960s and early '70s, performed mostly without credit on many of the greatest songs in music history. Directed by Denny Tedesco, whose father Tommy was a guitarist in the Crew, this lively, lovely document of the music scene in southern California during rock and roll's heyday is alive with memories and awash in marvelous tunes. Candid interviews with Tommy Tedesco (before his passing), Glen Campbell and Leon Russell (both onetime members of the Crew), drummer Hal Blaine, saxophonist Plas Johnson, bassist Carol Kaye, keyboardist Don Randi, and artists such as Brian Wilson, Cher, Nancy Sinatra, Mickey Dolenz and Peter Tork, Herb Alpert and producer Lou Adler add to the rich experience. A highly entertaining way to get acquainted with these talented musicians, whose music one instantly recognizes yet whose names and faces have heretofore remained anonymous. ***1/2 from ****


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