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Passing Strange The Movie

2009 2h 16m Musical List
100% Tomatometer 26 Reviews 90% Audience Score 500+ Ratings
Spike Lee's adaptation of the Broadway show "Passing Strange" presents the portrait of a musician as a young man. In 1970s Los Angeles, a talented but rebellious middle-class African-American discovers punk rock. Through the intervention of a sincere choir director, the young man travels to Europe, where his talents blossom, but at the expense of those who care for him. The film is based on the life of musician Stew, who appears as narrator and commentator on his younger, rasher self. Read More Read Less

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Spike Lee's document of the Tony Award-winning musical Passing Strange is every bit as compelling onscreen as it was on stage.

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Dwight Brown National Newspaper Publishers Association Hugely entertaining, poignant, funny and thoughtful. Nov 8, 2016 Full Review Stephen Garrett Time Out Rated: 4/5 Nov 17, 2011 Full Review Noel Murray AV Club Lee doesn't reinvent the wheel when it comes to filming live theater, but he moves the camera artfully and edits with an energy that matches the music. And he makes good use of close-ups, capturing the sweaty faces of a troupe of remarkable performers. Rated: A- Oct 2, 2009 Full Review Charlotte Harrison Charlotte Sometimes Goes to the Movies A joyously sprawling concert, with heart and jokes and soul, this show is a very welcome wonder. Rated: 4/5 May 24, 2024 Full Review Sean Axmaker Seanax.com It's a joyous production; the music is alive and dynamic, the skits are clever and funny and self-effacing and the show crackles with energy... Jan 13, 2010 Full Review Louis Proyect rec.arts.movies.reviews Interesting that one of the best movies of the year is a filming of a play. That's a sad commentary on Hollywood but sufficient reason to see this uplifting and very witty movie. Dec 7, 2009 Full Review Read all reviews

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Audience Member Un musical de Mark Stewart "Stew" grabado por Spike Lee, profundo, emocional y con humor. Una gran película sobre la poco narrada emigración afroestadounidense hacia Europa, que en este caso es todo un viaje iniciático. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 01/17/23 Full Review Audience Member Absolutely Brilliant. I adore this play/movie Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/16/23 Full Review Audience Member My rule for personal movie ratings is that a five-star rating is reserved for movies I will watch over and over. If someone suggests it, I'm in. If I'm flipping channels, I'll stop. (eg. The Graduate, The Odd Couple, Goodfellas, Silence of the Lambs, etc...) This movie somehow earned that rating the first time I watched it. Within 20 minutes I thought this would make my "favorites" list and that feeling did not change throughout. I started it over as soon as it finished. Edit: It's been a few weeks and I just watched this (for the third time) and it was better than I remembered. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/15/23 Full Review Audience Member Thank goodness Spike Lee preserved the original run of this show for posterity. One of the great modern musicals, a touchstone for the 2000s in the same way Rent was for the 1990s. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 02/01/23 Full Review Audience Member I may be bias, but this is probably one of the best Musicals ever to be on Broadway and I'm so happy it's been preserved on film. This movie ain't no passing phase. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/18/23 Full Review Audience Member Stew has a great story to tell and he tells it damn well. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/04/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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Synopsis Spike Lee's adaptation of the Broadway show "Passing Strange" presents the portrait of a musician as a young man. In 1970s Los Angeles, a talented but rebellious middle-class African-American discovers punk rock. Through the intervention of a sincere choir director, the young man travels to Europe, where his talents blossom, but at the expense of those who care for him. The film is based on the life of musician Stew, who appears as narrator and commentator on his younger, rasher self.
Director
Spike Lee
Producer
Spike Lee, Steve Klein
Production Co
40 Acres & A Mule Filmworks
Genre
Musical
Original Language
English
Release Date (Streaming)
Nov 9, 2016
Runtime
2h 16m
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