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Northern Soul (2014)

R | | Drama, Music | 17 October 2014 (UK)
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Set in 1974, an authentic and uplifting tale of two friends whose horizons are opened up by the discovery of black American soul music.


Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Mr. Banks
... Angela
... John's Grandad
... DJ Ray Henderson
... John Clark
... John's Dad
... Stee
... Terry
... Sean
... Matt
... John's Mum
... Marie
... Daz
Claire Garvey ... Betty
Ashley Taylor Dawson ... Paul


'Northern Soul' is the story of a youth culture in the 1970s which changed a generation.It tells the tale of a nightclub based movement which developed in Northern England . The film is an authentic and uplifting account of two young boys whose horizons are opened up by the discovery of black American soul music. No longer satisfied with the prospect of a small town life and a factory production lin , they dream of going to America to discover super rare records which will help them become the best DJs on the Northern Soul scene. The difficult journey forces the two best friends to confront rivalry, violence and drug abuse as their friendship and loyalties are tested to the limit. Written by Anonymous

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The music was Motown. The passion is British.


Drama | Music

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for drug use, language throughout and brief sexuality | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

17 October 2014 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Northern Soul: No Ritmo da Vida  »


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,786, 4 October 2015, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$6,786, 4 October 2015
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Was originally only meant to be playing in 5 screens across the UK but due to high demand it got a blanket release of over 160 screens See more »


When the youth club lady hands Matt an album to play because the DJ is late, she hands him only one and says "OK, let's listen to this while we wait" The album she gives him is "Summer Holiday" by Cliff Richard and The Shadows; the music being played in the youth club is "The Young Ones" by Cliff Richard and the Shadows, this track was not on the "Summer Holiday" album. See more »


Ray Henderson: Listen, you! This is Northern Soul, not Northern Arsehole!
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Crazy Credits

"We dedicate this film to our dear departed friend Fran Franklin, who spent years pouring passion and hard work into this project to make it the film it is now. We will miss you Franny, our soul sister, more than words can say." See more »


Edited from Spring and Port Wine (1970) See more »


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Performed by Williams and Watson
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Constantine's Calling Card
1 November 2014 | by See all my reviews

Like her contemporaries, Anton Corbijn (Control) and Sam Taylor-Johnson (Nowhere Boy), Constantine has moved effortlessly from photography to film making, and like those directors has chosen to create a story around a moment in the British pop music scene. Constantine however has created a traditional story of friendship focusing on musical obsession, and the darker side of of a scene that has now become legendary.

What makes this movie different from the work of the other directors is its obsessive attention to detail. Just read the credits at the end to see how much work was out into creating the authentic feel of the northern soul scene and its music and fashion. Shoes and clothes sourced from original manufacturers, dance teachers and dance sponsors. The cinematography reflects the grimness of 1970s England, post power cuts and pre- punk. The acting is top notch and to be fair the cameos from the likes of Coogan and Tomlinson are a bit of a distraction.

The narrative flow is a bit uneven and characters sometimes having little or no backstory, and the predictability of the story arc is somewhat uninspiring. However, this is definitely one of the best British films of recent years. A fun if rather safe British drama, it entertains and I left the cinema with a smile on my face and a few dance moves in my head.

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