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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.

Director:

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

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Cast

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 ... 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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Taglines:

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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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 October 2014 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Northern Soul: No Ritmo da Vida 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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Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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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

If This Is Love
Performed by The Precisions
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Keeping the Faith...
19 October 2014 | by Keepthefaith01See all my reviews

This was a long time coming and rumours that it was going straight to DVD point to the level of expectations by the industry and producers. Thankfully the film largely delivers .. and the Soul fraternity pushed the distribution industry into showing it . it certainly portrays the sense of excitement and adrenalin that came with the scene. Sadly by the time the lead characters get to Wigan they become emersed in a drug fuel binge and feuds and rather dark , rather than celebrating the joys of embracing such a powerful force . The female characters are sadly rather superficial but there is no denying the quality of the new young acting talent. As a committed Soulie for over 20 years I loved it .. but Im biased. I so much wanted the general public to embrace this film in the way they did with ... say The Commitments , sadly Im not sure they will. There will always be arguments about the sound track..personally I would have liked a touch more diversity and some Jackie Wilson,Major Lance ,.Congratulations Elaine on getting more recognition for one of the few truly grass roots led music scenes often overlooked in this country.


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