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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.

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Elaine Constantine
Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 3 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Elliot James Langridge ... John Clark
Steve Coogan ... Mr. Banks
Antonia Thomas ... Angela
James Lance ... DJ Ray Henderson
Ricky Tomlinson ... John's Grandad
Christian McKay ... John's Dad
Alex Esmail ... Stee
John Thomson ... Terry
Jack Gordon ... Sean
Josh Whitehouse ... Matt
Lisa Stansfield ... John's Mum
Emily Aston ... Marie
Dylan Brown ... Daz
Claire Garvey Claire Garvey ... Betty
Ashley Taylor Dawson Ashley Taylor Dawson ... Paul
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'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.

Genres:

Drama | Music

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

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 »

Connections

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

Soundtracks

Seven Day Lover
Performed by James Fountain
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Average film, amazing music
2 May 2020 | by BigJimNoFoolSee all my reviews

Not enough around the music and too much around the fighting and the drugs which made the film largely messy and all over the place tonally.

No real character developments or dynamics made the drama also fall flat. Could have been great but ended up very average.


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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 October 2014 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Northern Soul See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,786, 4 October 2015

Gross USA:

$8,886

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,092,359
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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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