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The Great Pretender (2012)

Not Rated | | Documentary | Video 24 September 2012
Documentary looking at the relationships and solo career of Queen frontman Freddie Mercury.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Freddie Mercury ... Himself (archive footage)
Peter Freestone Peter Freestone ... Himself
Roger Taylor ... Himself
David Arnold ... Himself
John Reid John Reid ... Himself
Paul Gambaccini Paul Gambaccini ... Himself
Jim Beach ... Himself (as Jim 'Miami' Beach)
Brian May ... Himself
Paul Prenter Paul Prenter ... Himself (archive footage)
David Wigg David Wigg ... Himself
Jim Hutton Jim Hutton ... Himself (archive footage)
Luciano Pavarotti ... Himself (archive footage)
Mike Moran Mike Moran ... Himself
Matt Lucas ... Himself
Montserrat Caballé ... Herself
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Documentary looking at the relationships and solo career of Queen frontman Freddie Mercury.

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UK

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English

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24 September 2012 (UK) See more »

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The Great Pretender See more »

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Delivers on a difficult topic
27 December 2013 | by NozzSee all my reviews

Can a person have bigger teeth offstage than on stage? It seems Freddie Mercury gave very few interviews, and this documentary keeps going back to the same one. In it, Mercury's accent, gestures, and even face are scarcely reminiscent of the character he played on stage. But that's the main point of the movie, and of its title. Like most such documentaries, this one doesn't include complete songs; but it reminds us how many well- remembered hits Mercury accomplished while-- according to the film-- caring less for them than for the constant pursuit of the next, more ambitious project. It is insistent in its understanding of Mercury's behavior as a child of his times, reminding us that the idea of free love without consequences did not give up to the fear of AIDS without a strong fight. I'd say you don't have to be a fan of Mercury's music (I'm not) in order to be impressed by this tribute.


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