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Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me (2012)

PG-13 | | Documentary, Music | 15 March 2012 (USA)
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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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Credited cast:
Billy Altman ... Himself, writer
Jon Auer ... Himself
Lester Bangs ... Himself (archive footage)
... Himself (archive footage)
David Bell ... Himself, Big Star guitarist Chris Bell's brother
Norman Blake ... Himself
The Box Tops ... Themselves (archive footage)
Panther Burns ... Themselves (archive footage)
... Themselves
Stephanie Chernikowski ... Herself, photographer
... Himself (archive footage)
... Himself, writer and musician
Stephen Ira Cohen ... Himself, U.S. congressman (archive footage) (as Steve Cohen)
... Themselves (archive footage)
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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The definitive story of the greatest band that never made it.

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Documentary | Music

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Rated PG-13 for drug references and brief strong language | See all certifications »
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15 March 2012 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Большая звезда: Ничто не может причинить мне боль  »

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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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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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Memphis rock band Big Star: perhaps jinxed by the name, with more tragedies than triumphs
2 January 2015 | by See all my reviews

Terrific rock 'n roll documentary from Drew DeNicola chronicling the rise, the fall, and the third-act reunion of Big Star, a band of serious music guys out of Memphis, Tennessee. Formed in 1971 by Chris Bell, a local musician straight from college, and led by Alex Chilton (who had previously been the lead vocalist with the Box Tops), the group--their name taken, apparently in desperation, from a Memphis grocery store--recorded two critically-acclaimed but non-selling albums before splintering (the band's third album, practically a Chilton solo, is given the short shrift here; was it ever considered completed by Chilton? And what was his reaction when it was finally officially released?). Interviews with the surviving musicians (a slimming group), crew members and relatives provide much of the information needed to put together a fairly clear picture of what the music scene was like in the early 1970s (with poor label distribution and Clive Davis' dismissal from Columbia Records two factors cited in destroying the band). The in-group melodrama is kept to a rather surprising minimum, while the snippets of Big Star's recordings (with Bell and Chilton a disparate yet fully-melded musical duo) are glorious to hear. *** from ****


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