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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 ... 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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There Was Only One Band Behind Them All

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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:

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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Did You Know?

Trivia

Dedicated to the late session guitarist Tommy Tedesco, father of director Denny Tedesco. 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 Cocoon (1985) See more »

Soundtracks

Beach Blanket Bingo
(Cue from the motion picture Beach Blanket Bingo)
Written and performed by Les Baxter
Courtesy of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Music Inc.
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Earth-Shattering
4 September 2015 | by gavin6942See all my reviews

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.

Production began in June 1996 and was completed in February 2008. The film played in film festivals in North America, and was the closing film at the Nashville Film Festival on April 24, 2008. A Kickstarter campaign at the end of 2013 raised over three hundred thousand dollars to cover music licensing and final production costs. The film opened in theaters across the United States on March 13, 2015.

I am not clear on what the Oscar rules are. Is this a 2015 film or a 2008 film? I hope it is eligible for Best Documentary. Some are saying it is similar to "20 Feet From Stardom", and I can certainly see that. But I would say this is an even bigger deal. Who knew that so many songs, in so many styles, came from a handful of folks? I will never listen to 1950s or 1960s music the same way again.


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