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Muscle Shoals (2013)

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A documentary that celebrates Rick Hall, the founder of FAME Studios in Muscle Shoals, Alabama, and the signature sound he developed in songs such as "I'll Take You There", "Brown Sugar", and "When a Man Loves a Woman".
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Stephen Badger Stephen Badger ... Himself / Interviewer
Rick Hall ... Himself, founder, Fame Studios
Aretha Franklin ... Herself
Jerry Carrigan Jerry Carrigan ... Himself
Alicia Keys ... Herself
Jerry Phillips Jerry Phillips ... Himself
Barry Beckett ... Himself
Jerry Wexler ... Himself
Bono ... Himself
Jesse Boyce Jesse Boyce ... Himself
Bryan Owings Bryan Owings ... Himself
Jimmy Cliff ... Himself
Candi Staton ... Herself
John Gifford III John Gifford III ... Himself
Clarence Carter ... Himself
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Located alongside the Tennessee River, Muscle Shoals, Alabama is the unlikely breeding ground for some of America's most creative and defiant music. Under the spiritual influence of the 'Singing River' as Native Americans called it, the music of Muscle Shoals changed the world and sold millions upon millions of copies. At its heart is Rick Hall who founded FAME Studios. Overcoming crushing poverty and staggering tragedies, he brought black and white together in Alabama's cauldron of racial hostility to create music for the generations while giving birth to the 'Muscle Shoals Sound' and 'The Swampers'. Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Percy Sledge, Gregg Allman, Clarence Carter, Etta James, Alicia Keys, Bono, and others bear witness to Muscle Shoals' magnetism, mystery, and why it remains influential today. Written by Anonymous

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"You're in rock'n'roll heaven, man" - Keith Richards See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for thematic elements, language, smoking and brief partial nudity | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 October 2013 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Muscle Shoals - Dove nascono le leggende See more »

Filming Locations:

Florence, Alabama, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$13,901, 29 September 2013

Gross USA:

$696,241

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$709,415
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Color
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Winner of the Grand Prize, Boulder International Film Festival, 2013. See more »

Quotes

David Hood: When Duane came here, he was on the Wilson Pickett session that we did.
Jimmy Johnson: There was always a slight problem when we would go out, all of us white boys with a black artist, that we'd get looks, okay? But there was nothing as bad as going out with a long-haired hippie with us white boys. They couldn't stand that, right? And so both of them stayed back.
Gregg Allman: So, they went on lunch break and my brother went up to Wilson and he said, uh, "Man, why don't you cut 'Hey Jude', you know, that Beatles song?"
Wilson Pickett: And...
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Crazy Credits

Although Steve Winwood is feature prominently, including with on-screen name identification, hie name is NOT listed in the end credits. See more »

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Version of Muscle Shoals See more »

Soundtracks

I'll Take You There
Written by Al Bell (as Alvertis Isbell)
Performed by The Staple Singers
Courtesy of Concord Musoc Group, Inc/
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The only puzzling thing about Muscle Shoals is how this story went so long without being told.
19 April 2013 | by prettycleverfilmgalSee all my reviews

Have you ever heard of Muscle Shoals, Alabama? Let me rephrase the question – have you heard an Aretha Franklin song? Have you ever grooved to Wicked Wilson Pickett's Land of 1000 Dances? Have you ever thought "Yes Percy Sledge, that is EXACTLY what happens when a man loves a woman!" Have you ever driven way to fast while the Rolling Stones' Brown Sugar blasted through your speakers? If you answered yes to any of those questions, then you have heard of Muscle Shoals, Alabama or at least you're heard the Muscle Shoals sound, the subject of the documentary Muscle Shoals from director Greg 'Freddy' Camalier.

In the interest of full disclosure, these are my people ya'll! I grew up just east of Muscle Shoals, also on the banks of the Tennessee River – "The Singing River" to the Native Americans who made their home there for millenia before Rick Hall founded FAME studios. Driven by a need to escape the crushing poverty and overwhelming tragedy that befalls him, Hall is the central figure in the story of the famed "Muscle Shoals sound" – well him and a group of homegrown, white as cotton studio musicians known as the "Swampers". These men shaped what ultimately proved to be some of the finest rock, soul, and R&B America would ever produce.

Music docs can really go either way, depending on such bureaucratic mundanities as rights and clearances. Muscle Shoals is a triumph, though. All personal bias aside, present day interviews with music luminaries, expertly deployed found footage and stills, and the greatest soundtrack a movie could hope for, all make Muscle Shoals one of the finest music documentaries you'll ever see. Let the participation of such bright lights as Aretha Franklin, Wilson Pickett, Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Bono, Jerry Wexler, Percy Sledge, Alicia Keys, Gregg Allman, Clarence Carter, and Etta James serve as a testament to the enduring magic that is Muscle Shoals, FAME studios, and that greasy, soulful sound. The only puzzling thing about Muscle Shoals is how this story went so long without being told.


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