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Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me (2012)

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Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me is a feature-length documentary film about the dismal commercial failure, subsequent massive critical acclaim, and enduring legacy of pop music's greatest cult phenomenon, Big Star.

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Drew DeNicola, Olivia Mori (co-director)

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Cast

Credited cast:
Billy Altman Billy Altman ... Himself, writer
Jon Auer Jon Auer ... Himself
Lester Bangs Lester Bangs ... Himself (archive footage)
Chris Bell ... Himself (archive footage)
David Bell David Bell ... Himself, Big Star guitarist Chris Bell's brother
Norman Blake Norman Blake ... Himself
The Box Tops The Box Tops ... Themselves (archive footage)
Panther Burns Panther Burns ... Themselves (archive footage)
Cheap Trick ... Themselves
Stephanie Chernikowski Stephanie Chernikowski ... Herself, photographer
Alex Chilton ... Himself (archive footage)
Rick Clark ... Himself, writer and musician
Stephen Ira Cohen Stephen Ira Cohen ... Himself, U.S. congressman (archive footage) (as Steve Cohen)
The Cramps ... Themselves (archive footage)
John Dando John Dando ... Himself, band manager, Ardent Studios 1972-1975
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BIG STAR: NOTHING CAN HURT ME is a feature-length documentary about legendary Memphis band Big Star. While mainstream success eluded them, Big Star's three albums have become critically lauded touchstones of the rock music canon. A seminal band in the history of alternative music, Big Star has been cited as an influence by artists including REM, The Replacements, Belle & Sebastian, Elliott Smith and Flaming Lips, to name just a few. With never-before-seen footage and photos of the band, in-depth interviews and a rousing musical tribute by the bands they inspired, BIG STAR: NOTHING CAN HURT ME is a story of artistic and musical salvation. Written by Danielle McCarthy

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Taglines:

The definitive story of the greatest band that never made it.

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Documentary | Music

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for drug references and brief strong language | See all certifications »
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Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 March 2012 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Большая звезда: Ничто не может причинить мне боль See more »

Filming Locations:

Memphis, Tennessee, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$15,096, 7 July 2013, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$105,030, 22 September 2013
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Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Goofs

When listing current artists that were influenced by Big Star, Elliott Smith is seen introducing a Big Star cover song on the Jon Brion Show with the date 1996. The show was not recored until 2000. See more »

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OK, but only OK.
30 December 2013 | by bcrox5See all my reviews

As a voracious consumer of "Rock Docs," this one left me flat. The story is told in such a way that it is nearly impossible to follow (unless you are a Memphis super fan, I guess). It ambled along following every little thread until I just didn't care anymore.

As with "Mr. Blue Sky" (the Geoff Lynne doc), the superlatives flow like water. After a while, they just become meaningless.

And most important of all, I didn't leave this film and rush straight to ITUNES to download their work. If the music is as good as the interviewees bleated on about; they were not able to convey it within the film itself.


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