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The Wrecking Crew! (2008)

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A celebration of the musical work of a group of session musicians known as "The Wrecking Crew", a band that provided back-up instrumentals to such legendary recording artists as Frank Sinatra, The Beach Boys and Bing Crosby.

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Denny Tedesco
1 win & 5 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Denny Tedesco Denny Tedesco ... Narrator (voice)
Brian Wilson ... Himself
Dick Clark ... Himself
Cher ... Herself
Herb Alpert ... Himself
Glen Campbell ... Himself
Nancy Sinatra ... Herself
Micky Dolenz ... Himself
Jimmy Webb ... Himself
Carol Kaye Carol Kaye ... Herself
Bones Howe ... Himself
Al Casey Al Casey ... Himself
Earl Palmer Earl Palmer ... Himself
Hal Blaine ... Himself
Tommy Tedesco Tommy Tedesco ... Himself
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A celebration of the musical work of a group of session musicians known as "The Wrecking Crew", a band that provided back-up instrumentals to such legendary recording artists as Frank Sinatra, The Beach Boys and Bing Crosby.

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Taglines:

There Was Only One Band Behind Them All

Genres:

Documentary | Music

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for language, thematic elements and smoking images | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 March 2015 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La fabbrica del Rock See more »

Filming Locations:

Palm Springs, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$56,858, 15 March 2015

Gross USA:

$801,606

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$801,606
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(Buenos Aires Festival Internacional de Cine Independiente)

Color:

Color
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Trivia

Although completed in 2008, the film wasn't released until 2015. The reason for the gap was problems with music licensing rights. It took a Kickstarter campaign to raise the $200,000 to clear them. See more »

Goofs

A sequence showing an unseen hand flipping through a record bin containing albums on which the Wrecking Crew played. But one of the LP's is the Supremes' "Where Did Our Love Go?," whose backing was played by Motown's Detroit-based house band, the Funk Brothers, not the Wrecking Crew. See more »

Quotes

Hal Blaine: [last line of Movie] What do you call a trombone player with a beeper?
Hal Blaine: An optimist.
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Connections

References The Merv Griffin Show (1962) See more »

Soundtracks

Basie
Written by Ernie Wilkins
Performed by Frank Capp (as Frank Capp Juggernaut)
Courtesy of Concord Music Group, Inc.
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Fascinating Documentary with Unbelievable Soundtrack
17 September 2010 | by FilmRapSee all my reviews

If you are an aficionado of music between the 50s and late 80s early 90s you will find this a fascinating documentary. It is the story of studio musicians who did most of the playing for the recordings of some of the great groups of this time period. The film is lovingly put together by Denny Tedesco and includes a particular focus on Tommy Tedesco who is his father and who recently died after having participated in interviews for this film with many other of these great musicians. You probably did not know that just about all the music of Beach Boys was not recorded by them but was played for the records by the musicians affectionately self named " The Wrecking Crew " The film also features Carol Bass who is obviously a great guitar player and is only really known by people in the music business as these musicians did not get any recognition on the albums they recorded. They were financially well paid during this time and have no regrets for their anonymity. There are film clips from many recording sessions including one with Frank Sinatra. Apparently potential distributors have been skeptical that the producer would be able to get the rights to include all the great music that is in this film but he did it as people recognized the historic value of this documentary. The soundtrack is unbelievable and is a concert in to itself and will make a great CD.

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