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Bowie: The Man Who Changed the World (2016)

Combining footage from interviews with the late great David Bowie and contributions from those who knew him personally, this documentary celebrates the illustrious life of one of the greatest artists to ever grace the stage.


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Credited cast:
David Bowie ... Himself
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Angie Bowie Angie Bowie ... Herself
Breege Collins Breege Collins ... Herself
Mary Finnigan Mary Finnigan ... Herself
Paul Gambaccini Paul Gambaccini
Dana Gillespie ... Herself
Bob Harris Bob Harris ... Himself
Iman ... Herself
Clive Langer Clive Langer ... Himself
Laurence Myers Laurence Myers ... Himself
Paul Nicholas ... Himself
Iggy Pop ... Himself
Chris Sullivan Chris Sullivan ... Himself
George Underwood George Underwood
David Wartnaby David Wartnaby ... Narrator


Bowie is a legend - no doubt there. The story of his life is great, but could have been told better in this doc. Some interesting interviews, but disappointingly lacks in any actual Bowie music and uses repeated shots throughout. As a fan, was disappointed.

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David Bowie - The Chameleon of Music


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Release Date:

9 May 2016 (UK) See more »


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$150,000 (estimated)
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16:9 HD
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Always Copied - Never Bettered
24 September 2016 | by chousissySee all my reviews

This documentary is an awesome tribute to an icon and musical genius. I was fascinated to watch this. I wanted to know more about David Bowie as a person not just an enigma and if you're a fan of Bowie, you're sure to find it enjoyable like I did.

When David Bowie's death was publicized, it sent shock waves through the world. What a loss. There is no doubt he left Planet Earth a richer place than when he entered it, but I found the focus and insight into Bowie's early life the most intriguing part of this documentary.

I admit I found some aspects of Bowie's early years surprising. Mary Finnigan who supported him during his early career, (she was his landlady and then his lover) gives a very engaging interview. She talks about her horror when Bowie shamelessly moved his future wife Angie into her apartment. But she also talks about his epic talent and their financial struggles during those early years. To make ends meet, they formed a folk club and went on to hold a music festival in the park.

Bowie's childhood friend Dana Gillespie delivers fascinating stories about their teenage years spent together and his detached relationship with his family. Dana dated Bowie and later worked with him, singing the backing vocals on Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars album

There's a heartfelt story with David Bowie's childhood friend George Underwood, who punched him in the eye, and gave him his unique appearance. I was happy to find out they remained close friends until Bowie's death.

This feature length documentary has a wide collection of interviews with Bowie himself and I sure was surprised to learn he was a genius with finance on the business side too. If you're into David Bowie, watch this, you won't be disappointed.

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