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CBGB (2013)

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A look at the New York City punk-rock scene and the venerable nightclub, CBGB.


Randall Miller





Cast overview, first billed only:
Alan Rickman ... Hilly Kristal
Malin Akerman ... Debbie Harry
Justin Bartha ... Stiv Bators
Richard de Klerk ... Taxi
Johnny Galecki ... Terry Ork
Kyle Gallner ... Lou Reed
Ashley Greene ... Lisa Kristal
Rupert Grint ... Cheetah Chrome
Estelle Harris ... Bertha Kristal
Taylor Hawkins ... Iggy Pop
Ryan Hurst ... Mad Mountain
Stana Katic ... Genya Ravan
Joel David Moore ... Joey Ramone
Ahna O'Reilly ... Mary Harron
Freddy Rodríguez ... Idaho


CBGB follows the story of Hilly Kristal's New York club from its concept as a venue for Country, Bluegrass and Blues (CBGB) to what it ultimately became: the birthplace of underground rock 'n roll and punk. When Kristal had difficulty booking country bands in his club on the Bowery he opened his doors to other kinds of rock music. Kristal had one demand of the acts he booked; they could only play original music. No top 40's, no covers. It was the credo he lived by, support the artist at whatever the cost. Hilly Kristal ironically became known as the godfather of punk giving a chance to such bands as Blondie, Television, Ramones, Talking Heads, Dead Boys and The Police. Written by anonymous

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


50,000 bands and 1 disgusting bathroom.


Crime | Drama | Music | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language throughout, some sexual content, drug use, and a scene of violence. | See all certifications »

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Did You Know?


The film ends with The Police auditioning for a gig at the club. Mickey Sumner, who plays Patti Smith, is Sting's daughter. See more »


Talking Heads play as a 3 piece (Jerry Harrison having not yet joined), but as "Psychokiller" plays you can clearly hear two lead guitar parts. See more »


Terry Ork: Terry Ork. I manage the band Television.
[Hilly gestures for him to sit down]
Terry Ork: Oh. Uh, you just met the guitar players, Richard and Tom, outside.
[Hilly squashes a cockroach]
Terry Ork: It's win-win. CBGB gets new customers buying drinks, and we get to play for an audience.
Hilly Kristal: [wiping away the roach remains] They any good?
Terry Ork: They are... raw, man. They're... they're... primitive. They are going to be huge.
Hilly Kristal: I bet they stink. But maybe if they perform... they'll get better.
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Crazy Credits

Dailies by: Nextlab Digital Services Nightlies by: Your Mom See more »


References M (1931) See more »


Written by Sting
Performed by The Police
Courtesy of A&M Records
Under License from Universal Music Enterprises
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Great music history
3 March 2019 | by hognls-57954See all my reviews

The historical story line line is very entertaining and interesting. Rickman does a good job as Hilly whom I never heard of before this movie. What a character. The talent that went thru his joint was amazing. A true pioneer ( maybe by accident) of cutting edge rock. You won't be sorry you watched it. Great sound track.

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Release Date:

11 October 2013 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA See more »


Box Office


$5,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,909, 6 October 2013

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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