7.7/10
431
6 user 5 critic

The Promise: The Making of Darkness on the Edge of Town (2010)

Not Rated | | Documentary, Music | 14 April 2011 (Denmark)
Takes us into the studio with Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band for the recording of their fourth album.

Director:

Thom Zimny
Reviews

Watch Now

From $2.99 (SD) on Prime Video

1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

The creation of Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band's 1980 double album "The River" is recalled in this new rock-doc that includes archival footage as well as recent interviews.

Director: Thom Zimny
Stars: Bruce Springsteen
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  

Wings for Wheels: The Making of Born to Run chronicles the definitive story of Bruce Springsteens breakthrough album from songwriting to production and beyond. Includes archival film shot between 1973 and 1975 but never shown publicly.

Director: Thom Zimny
Stars: Bruce Springsteen
Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 9/10 X  

Hammersmith Odeon, London '75 is one of Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band's most classic performances, perfectly encapsulating the passion, drama and intensity of the extraordinary band... See full summary »

Director: Derek Burbidge
Stars: Bruce Springsteen, Roy Bittan, Clarence Clemons
Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.9/10 X  

Live From New York City is the chronicle of Bruce Springsteen's first tour with The E Street Band in over a decade. A full-on rock revival packed with hits and fan favorites, Live From New ... See full summary »

Director: Chris Hilson
Stars: Bruce Springsteen, Roy Bittan, Clarence Clemons
Springsteen on Broadway (TV Movie 2018)
Documentary | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.7/10 X  

The intimate, final performance of Bruce Springsteen's 236-show run at Jujamcyn's Walter Kerr Theatre on Broadway.

Director: Thom Zimny
Stars: Patti Scialfa, Bruce Springsteen
Documentary | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  

Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band in concert on The River tour of 1980. Filmed on November 5 at the former ASU Activity Center in Tempe, part of metropolitan Phoenix, Arizona, in front of an enthusiastic 10,000-strong audience.

Director: Thom Zimny
Stars: Roy Bittan, Danny Federici, Garry Tallent
Documentary | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.8/10 X  

An in-concert performance by Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band on their 2003 tour.

Director: Chris Hilson
Stars: Bruce Springsteen, Roy Bittan, Clarence Clemons
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

For 40 years Bruce Springsteen has influenced fans from all over. His songs defined more than a generation. This film gives the fans just as much time as The Boss himself, with never shown footage and live performances from his last tour.

Director: Baillie Walsh
Stars: Bruce Springsteen, Dyan McBride, Mitchell A.S. Hallock
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

Elvis Presley's evolution as a musician and a man.

Director: Thom Zimny
Stars: Steve Allen, Ann-Margret, Chet Atkins
Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  

Bruce Springsteen With The Sessions Band Live in Dublin' features 23 songs drawn from the band's performances in Dublin, Ireland at The Point on November 17, 18 and 19, 2006. Songs include ... See full summary »

Director: Chris Hilson
Stars: Sam Bardfeld, Art Baron, Frank Bruno
Short | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

The Protector and Guide, Bruce is 'looking for humanity; for the spirit' as he put it in post-Apocalyptic world.

Directors: Bruce Springsteen, Thom Zimny
Stars: Bruce Springsteen, Danielle Panek, Ludo Roveda
Documentary | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

Concert footage and backstage documentary of singer Elvis Presley.

Director: Denis Sanders
Stars: Elvis Presley, James Burton, Glen D. Hardin
Edit

Cast

Credited cast:
Mike Appel Mike Appel ... Himself - Manager 1972-1977
Roy Bittan Roy Bittan ... Himself - E Street Band
Clarence Clemons ... Himself - E Street Band
Obie Dziedzic Obie Dziedzic ... Herself (archive footage)
E Street Band E Street Band ... Themselves
Danny Federici Danny Federici ... Himself - E Street Band
Jimmy Iovine ... Himself - Recording Engineer
Jon Landau Jon Landau ... Himself - Manager-Producer
Nils Lofgren ... Himself - E Street Band
Thom Panunzio Thom Panunzio ... Himself - Recording Engineer
Chuck Plotkin Chuck Plotkin ... Himself - Mixer
Patti Scialfa Patti Scialfa ... Herself - E Street Band
Toby Scott Toby Scott ... Himself
Patti Smith ... Herself
Bruce Springsteen ... Himself
Edit

Storyline

Bruce Springsteen's "Darkness on the Edge of Town," released in 1978, was three years in the making, 10 songs chosen from 70 written and rehearsed during that period. Using archival footage from the studio and contemporary interviews with Springsteen, the E Street Band, and those who were in the control room, the film presents a portrait of an artist driving himself to capture working-class life with a rough and raw sound that felt more like a live performance than a studio recording. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Documentary | Music

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 April 2011 (Denmark) See more »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Color:

Color
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Connections

References The Bad News Bears (1976) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Must-see for all music-lovers, Springsteen fans or not
5 February 2012 | by iancrSee all my reviews

If you haven't seen this documentary yet, watch it. I've never been a die-hard Springsteen fan but this is an incredible tale of artistry and it's hard to imagine anyone who is either a listener or involved in the creative process not appreciating what they did. It's a story of how magic comes from balancing visionary and obsession, friendship and oppression, cooperation and standing your ground.

Springsteen talking about the album in retrospect is lucid and insightful, but the amount of footage they have from the actual recording sessions is incredible.

Inspiring and a must-see for all music-lovers, Springsteen fans or not.


1 of 2 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 6 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

IMDb Freedive: Watch Movies and TV Series for Free

Watch Hollywood hits and TV favorites for free with IMDb Freedive. Start streaming on IMDb and Fire TV devices today!

Start watching



Recently Viewed