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Lambert & Stamp (2014)

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A documentary that reveals how the unlikely partnership between aspiring filmmakers Christopher Stamp and Kit Lambert produced one of the greatest rock bands in history: The Who.

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Cast

Cast overview:
Christopher Stamp ... Himself (as Chris Stamp)
Kit Lambert ... Himself (archive footage)
Pete Townshend ... Himself
Terence Stamp ... Himself
John Hemming John Hemming ... Himself
Richard Barnes Richard Barnes ... Himself
Keith Moon ... Himself (archive footage)
Heather Daltrey Heather Daltrey ... Herself
Constant Lambert Constant Lambert ... Himself, Christian 'Kit' Lambert's father (archive footage)
Robert Fearnley-Whittingstall Robert Fearnley-Whittingstall ... Himself
Roger Daltrey ... Himself
Irish Jack Irish Jack ... Himself
John Entwistle ... Himself (archive footage)
Jimi Hendrix ... Himself (archive footage)
Arthur Brown Arthur Brown ... Himself (archive footage)
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Storyline

Aspiring filmmakers Chris Stamp and Kit Lambert set out to find a subject for their underground movie, one that will reflect the way it feels to be young and dissatisfied in postwar London. This unlikely partnership of two men from vastly different backgrounds was inspired by the burgeoning youth culture of the early 1960s. Lambert and Stamp searched for months and finally found in a band called the High Numbers a rebellious restlessness that was just what they were looking for. Abandoning their plans to make a film, they instead decided to mentor and manage this group, which evolved into the iconic band known as the Who. The result was rock 'n' roll history. Written by Sundance Film Festival

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Kit Lambert and Chris Stamp Hatched an Elaborate Plan. Somewhere Along the Way They Created a Phenomenon Known as THE WHO.


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language, some drug content and brief nudity | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

German | French | English

Release Date:

3 April 2015 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Lambert & Stamp (The Who) See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$13,500, 5 April 2015, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$182,851, 19 July 2015
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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Quotes

Christopher Stamp: It's very difficult to know, you know, the moments you love someone a lot of the time.
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Soundtracks

Smokestack Lightning
Written by Howlin' Wolf (as Chester Burnett)
Published by Arc Music Corp. (BMI) c/o BMG Rights Management (US) LLC
Performed by The Who
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A can't-miss for fans of the Who and of rock music history
21 May 2015 | by Paul AllaerSee all my reviews

"Lambert & Stamp" (2014 release; 117 min.) is a documentary about Kit Lambert and Chris Stamp, 2 Brits best known for managing the Who for about a decade (mid-60s to mid-70s). As the documentary opens and after a few words from Pete Townsend, we are introduced to Chris Stamp, who starts telling stories of how t all began, him and Lambert in the early 60s trying to make the jump from assistant director to director. One day, they decide to shoot a movie, cinema verite-style, about an unknown band that they would manage. After looking for months for the right band, Lambert comes across a packed club full of Mods, dancing to an unknown band call the High Numbers. To tell you more would spoil your viewing experience, you'll just have to see for yourself how it all plays out.

There are several factors why this is such an entertaining documentary: for one, it's a great story, I mean you can't make this stuff up! Then we are blessed to have the interviews with Chris Stamp, who turns out to be a master story teller (other interviewees include Pete Townsend, Roger and Heather Daltrey, and many others). Then we have the incredible luck that these guys were trying to shoot a movie, and hence we have all this incredible footage from the earliest days of the High Numbers/the Who (1964-65), and that alone is worth the price of admission for this documentary. There is tons of other worthwhile archive footage, such as the 1967 French TV footage, where we see Lambert give an interview in perfect French. We reach the "Tommy"-era about 75 min. into the movie, and I was afraid that things were going to become less interesting after that, but as it turns out, that's where the fireworks are about to start... As a casual fan of the Who but an ardent fan of rock music and its history, I found this documentary absolutely worth seeing. The only negative comment that I have is that for some strange reason, the sound mix in the theater was such that at times the background music (usually of the Who) played too loudly and as a result I had trouble understanding the interviewee at times. Very strange.

"Lambert & Stamp" opened last weekend at my local art-house theater here in Cincinnati, and I finally had a chance to see it today, which is the last day of its one-week run here. The early evening screening where I saw this at was surprisingly well attended. Probably other movie or music fans who noticed it would not longer be playing. If you are a fan of the Who or of rock music history, you will not want to miss this. "Lambert & Stamp" is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!


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