Archival footage and personal testimonials present an intimate portrait of the life and career of British singer/songwriter Amy Winehouse.

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Asif Kapadia
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Amy Winehouse ... Self (archive footage)
Lauren Gilbert Lauren Gilbert ... Self
Juliette Ashby Juliette Ashby ... Self
Nick Shymansky Nick Shymansky ... Self
Tyler James ... Self
Guy Moot ... Self
Chris Taylor Chris Taylor ... Self (archive footage)
Nick Gatfield Nick Gatfield ... Self
Ian Barter Ian Barter ... Self (archive footage)
Garry Mulholland Garry Mulholland ... Self (archive footage)
Jonathan Ross ... Self (archive footage)
Janis Collins Janis Collins ... Self (as Janis Winehouse)
Mitch Winehouse ... Self (as Mitchell Winehouse)
Sam Beste Sam Beste ... Self
Bobby Womack ... Self (archive footage)
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A documentary on the life of Amy Winehouse, the immensely talented yet doomed songstress. We see her from her teen years, where she already showed her singing abilities, to her finding success and then her downward spiral into alcoholism and drugs. Written by grantss

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The girl behind the name. See more »


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Rated R for language and drug material | See all certifications »

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After watching this film, James Hetfield of Metallica was inspired to write a song called "Moth into Flame". See more »

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Amy performed at the North Sea Jazz Festival in 2004. At the time the festival was still in The Hague. (And not -yet- in Rotterdam, as the movie states.) She performed at one of the stages in the basement. See more »

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Sam Beste: She had one of the most pure relationships to music. Such an emotional relationship to music. It's like she needed music, as if it was a person, and that she would die for it.
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Maria Maria
Written by Money Harm (as Marvin L. Moore-Hough), Sincere Gubano (as David Devine McRae), Jerry 'Wonder' Duplessis (as Jerry Duplessis), Wyclef Jean, Carlos Santana
Performed by Santana
EMI Music Publishing Ltd / Sony/ATV Music Publishing (UK) Limited / Wixen Music UK Ltd
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What's not to love about Amy? Her death!
17 July 2015 | by jdesandoSee all my reviews

"You should be tougher mum, you're not strong enough to say stop." Amy Winehouse

Don't we all wish this gifted British jazz singer had heeded her advice to her beloved mother? But she didn't and lost her young life to drugs, alcohol, relentless fame, and a father, husband, manager and a whole menagerie of hangers on, whose motives were suspicious at the least. Or, maybe I should say her father, Nick, is only the most obvious sinner as he gains a reality TV show and allows his daughter to perform even in the face of her decline.

Although Amy the documentary doesn't give anyone a pass, it does show Amy's slow descent into dependencies that can only in the end be characterized as her own. The strength of the doc, however, is not to blame everyone except by implication and their very words, some of which are voiced over rather than through boring talking heads.

The first half of the film is a glorious catalogue of her young days at home and then early on singing jazz. Her tight dresses and fab legs don't even distract when we watch the essence of soul emerge out of her voice and face. Even I, barely knowledgeable in the genre, could spy greatness in her every breath.

As if to remind us of her genius, she comes back from rehab to briefly exonerate herself by singing a duet with Tony Bennett. Her diffidence with that icon next to her is as endearing as it is appropriate, given his stature in the business and her relative inexperience. Yet, Bennett himself acknowledges her gifts and compares her to the greats like Ella Fitzgerald.

Amy is director Asif Kapadia's unforgettable achievement, one of the finest music documentaries ever. However, it is not an easy ride, especially when we can feel ever so slightly complicit as we contribute to the crushing adulation of celebrity and unvarnished love of capitalism. Some like Amy Winehouse need to back away from both before it kills them.


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UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 July 2015 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

London, England, UK See more »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$222,500, 5 July 2015

Gross USA:

$8,413,144

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$23,706,386
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