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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.

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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

School Love
Performed by Barry Blue
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More a film about the music and dance than about the characters
17 October 2014 | by the-gog-2See all my reviews

Firstly, it's helpful to have watched the recent BBC4 documentary about Northern Soul. It's obvious to see that the film's director - who appeared in the documentary - made the film to bring the story of Northern Soul to the big screen. As such, the music, the style, the dance halls, and the dancing are the prime focus of the film, with the fictional drama and characters being of a secondary concern, and it feels they only exist on which to present the phenomenon of Northern Soul, least of all the drugs use which accompanied it.

It's a pity that not the same amount of effort was put towards the drama aspect of the film as was put towards the music, the fashions, and the dancing, as it would then have felt a more cohesive whole, but it's churlish to pick such faults in what is otherwise an most enjoyable film. Naturally, the added bonus is the soul music, even though its brilliance does tend to outshine other aspects of the film. The local indie cinema in which I watched it this pm (October 17th) was fully booked for the entire week that they're showing this film, which goes to show it's been highly anticipated. Recommended.


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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 October 2014 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

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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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1.85 : 1
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