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      24 Hour Party People

      R Released Aug 9, 2002 1h 57m Comedy Drama List
      87% Tomatometer 100 Reviews 87% Audience Score 25,000+ Ratings Manchester, 1976. Tony Wilson (Steve Coogan) is an ambitious but frustrated local TV news reporter looking for a way to make his mark. After witnessing a life-changing concert by a band known as the Sex Pistols, he persuades his station to televise one of their performances, and soon Manchester's punk groups are clamoring for him to manage them. Riding the wave of a musical revolution, Wilson and his friends create the legendary Factory Records label and The Hacienda club. Read More Read Less Watch on Fandango at Home Buy Now

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      The colorful, chaotic 24 Hour Party People nimbly captures the spirit of the Manchester music scene.

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      Nell Minow Common Sense Media Excellent movie about punk's origins; older teens only. Rated: 4/5 Aug 26, 2010 Full Review Eric Henderson Slant Magazine A light and playful look at the Manchester music scene which spans from the punk explosion to the dawn of acid house. Jan 31, 2003 Full Review Empire Magazine Rated: 4/5 Dec 23, 2002 Full Review Sean Axmaker Stream on Demand Director Michael Winterbottom’s sprawling, jagged film is happily, even willfully unreliable as history and it embraces the tug-of-war between factual events and the stories and legends that have around them. Apr 6, 2024 Full Review Farah Cheded A Good Movie To Watch 24 Hour Party People takes the same punk approach to storytelling as its subjects did to music, playfully throwing off the dull constraints that often make based-on-a-true-story movies feel like uninspired celluloid translations of a Wikipedia page. Nov 25, 2023 Full Review Chris Ludovici The Spool It may not be all true, necessarily, but it's super entertaining, and that's what matters in the end, right? Jan 18, 2020 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Chris H Coogan is very good in this but there are spot on turns aplenty from the rest of the cast. The story itself begins with the stirring and brilliant punk music of the late 70s, but turns (too) rapidly to the turgid, trippy noises of the Happy Mondays. Between these two lie Joy Division and their songs in this film inspired me to listen to a lot of their music online. The contrast between innovative talent (JD) and drug fuelled nothingness (HM) is disappointing to behold, but it is what the Hacienda was all about; so it goes. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 02/26/24 Full Review Jim P As an old guy from the North of England I grew up loving this kind of music. But I didn't think much of this movie the first time I saw it, back in the day… However, I've just seen it again and it's brilliant! Tongue-in-cheek with an awesome soundtrack! Rated 4 out of 5 stars 02/07/24 Full Review Torin F Factory Records. Joy Division. New Order. Happy Mondays. Manchester. From punk to rave, 24 HOUR PARTY PEOPLE chronicles a unique period in music history with an engaging stylistic approach. In depicting the excesses of its title, the film does drag a bit during its two-hour run time. Overall, however, and regardless of your affinity with this particular music scene, its an artful and thoroughly entertaining excursion. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 08/02/23 Full Review Gareth v One of the best music movies to be made, and one of 2002's best. A tale of madness, excess, success, and tragedy in this story of the influential Factory Records and Manchester music scene. Did I mention how good the music is? Rated 5 out of 5 stars 06/20/23 Full Review Shioka O Maybe not everything in this is true, but the documentary-like direction looks real and believable, also entertaining. I'm not a big fan of the music genre, but it's interesting to see music scene evolved from New Wave to rave that flourished in the English industrial city Manchester. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 12/17/22 Full Review isla s This is very much an energised, music based docu-drama set in Manchester, of course. I wasn't quite old enough in the 80s to have memories of the time it covers but it features some decent music and the story of the main character is mildly interesting. It felt a little dis-jointed but overall its ok, I'd say. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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      Synopsis Manchester, 1976. Tony Wilson (Steve Coogan) is an ambitious but frustrated local TV news reporter looking for a way to make his mark. After witnessing a life-changing concert by a band known as the Sex Pistols, he persuades his station to televise one of their performances, and soon Manchester's punk groups are clamoring for him to manage them. Riding the wave of a musical revolution, Wilson and his friends create the legendary Factory Records label and The Hacienda club.
      Director
      Michael Winterbottom
      Producer
      Andrew Eaton
      Screenwriter
      Frank Cottrell Boyce
      Distributor
      Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
      Production Co
      Miramax
      Rating
      R (Sexuality|Drug Use|Strong Language)
      Genre
      Comedy, Drama
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Theaters)
      Aug 9, 2002, Original
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Sep 16, 2008
      Box Office (Gross USA)
      $1.1M
      Runtime
      1h 57m
      Sound Mix
      Dolby Stereo, Dolby A, SDDS, DTS, Surround, Dolby Digital, Dolby SR
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