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David Bowie: Five Years (2013)

A documentary covering five of the most important years of the influential rock star David Bowie's career.


Francis Whately
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Cast overview, first billed only:
David Bowie ... Himself (archive footage)
Rick Wakeman ... Himself
John Harris ... Himself, journalist, author
Ken Scott Ken Scott ... Himself, co-producer 'Hunky Dory'
Mick Ronson ... Himself (archive footage)
Charles Shaar Murray Charles Shaar Murray ... Himself, music journalist
Trevor Bolder Trevor Bolder ... Himself
Angie Bowie Angie Bowie ... Herself (archive footage) (as Angela Bowie)
Camille Paglia Camille Paglia ... Herself, social critic, author
Ava Cherry Ava Cherry ... Herself, back-up singer
Carlos Alomar Carlos Alomar ... Himself
Luther Vandross ... Himself (archive footage)
Nelson George ... Himself, culture critic
Robin Clark Robin Clark ... Herself, back-up singer
Geoff MacGormack Geoff MacGormack ... Himself, David Bowie's childhood friend, back-up singer


A documentary covering five of the most important years of the influential rock star David Bowie's career.

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Release Date:

25 May 2013 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

David Bowie: Cinco años See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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The title "Five Years" is also the title of the opening song to Bowie's Ziggy Stardust album. See more »

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Golden Years
4 November 2016 | by aaronmorgan-28895See all my reviews

A lot of well deserved praise has been heaped on the work and life of David Bowie since his very sad death in January this year. One of his great gifts was spotting trends and seeing the way the wind was blowing before anyone else, a facility he retained right up till he passed on. This great documentary uses personal quotes from the legend, as well as his songs.. It was released just three years before he died, and there are some unexpected highlights, like a sequence of Bowie filmed at Andy Warhol's Factory, which suggested that Bowie's talent for mime wasn't all it's cracked up to be. The structure of Five Years makes it a lot more interesting than your usual pop documentary. Rather than try to talk about 50 years of pop super-stardom in two hours, the movie gives us five year-long snapshots. Things are brought up to speed at the end with a snippet of what we could call The Next Year. The follow up "David Bowie "The Last Five Years" is out next year

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