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Velvet Goldmine (1998)

R | | Drama, Music | 23 October 1998 (UK)
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In 1984, British journalist Arthur Stuart investigates the career of 1970s glam superstar Brian Slade, who was heavily influenced in his early years by hard-living and rebellious American singer Curt Wild.

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Todd Haynes

Writers:

James Lyons (story), Todd Haynes (story) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 4 wins & 10 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ewan McGregor ... Curt Wild
Jonathan Rhys Meyers ... Brian Slade
Christian Bale ... Arthur Stuart
Toni Collette ... Mandy Slade
Eddie Izzard ... Jerry Devine
Emily Woof ... Shannon
Michael Feast ... Cecil
Janet McTeer ... Female Narrator (voice)
Mairead McKinley Mairead McKinley ... Wilde Housemaid (as Maraid McKinley)
Luke Morgan Oliver Luke Morgan Oliver ... Oscar Wilde (8)
Osheen Jones Osheen Jones ... Jack Fairy (7)
Micko Westmoreland Micko Westmoreland ... Jack Fairy
Damian Suchet Damian Suchet ... BBC Reporter
Danny Nutt ... Kissing Sailor
Wash Westmoreland ... Young Man
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Storyline

London, 1971 - Flower Power is on the wane and floundering hippie troubadour Brian Slade feels old-fashioned and out of step until he experiences the raw power of rock musician and exhibitionist Curt Wild at a live concert. Smitten and inspired, Slade rises from the ashes of fussy brocade, reincarnating as the ambiguous pop-rock God/dess of platinum dust and phoenix feathers, Maxwell Demon. His alluring androgynous imagery and the seductive sounds his 'glitter rock' seduce teenagers across the world, offering refuge for the weird and unwanted with the promise of an everything-goes hedonism. At the height of his fame and cultural influence, he plots his sensational demise to escape, alienating his fans and falling into obscurity. On the 10th anniversary of the character assassination, journalist Arthur Stuart investigates Slade's disappearance, forcing him to revisit his own confusing teenage identity crisis and rebirth mirroring that of his idol Brian Slade. Written by Mae Moreno

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Taglines:

The secret to becoming a star is knowing how to behave like one See more »

Genres:

Drama | Music

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong sexual content, nudity, language and drug use | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

23 October 1998 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Velvet Goldmine See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$301,787, 8 November 1998

Gross USA:

$1,053,788

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,053,788
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color (Rankcolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The young man who says, "Mr. BBC," is played by Wash Westmoreland, brother of Micko Westmoreland, who plays Jack Fairy. See more »

Goofs

The clear acoustic guitar heard during the "Death of Glitter" was played by Ralph Morse, but is unseen on stage. See more »

Quotes

Mandy Slade: [voiceover on New Year's Eve '69] And in crowded clubs or hotel bars, this shipwreck of the streets rehearsed his future glory. A cigarette tracing a ladder to the stars.
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Connections

References Citizen Kane (1941) See more »

Soundtracks

Coz I Luv You
Written by Noddy Holder and Jim Lea
Performed by Slade
Licensed courtesy of Barn Publishing (Slade) Ltd. and Whild John Music Ltd.
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You love it or hate it
18 August 2004 | by manacrystalSee all my reviews

This is a movie that you either hate or love, I have never heard anyone say they thought it was 'just alright'. I loved it.

With colorful scenery and engaging dialogue, this movie is one of the best movies I have ever seen. The actors are amazing and I find the plot to be completely fulfilling.

Make no mistake, this movie is not for the casual watcher. The is not a movie that you should watch unless you are ready to put you full attention onto the screen of your t.v. Many people will state there are holes and flaws in the plot but I think this is simply because they did not pay rapt attention to the movie. Personally it took me 3 times of watching before I tied everything together, but after seeing it that much and studying every scene I felt that I was left with such an amazing feeling to have viewed something so beautiful.

Also, don't expect this to be a true account of David Bowie's relationship with Iggy Pop, it's not. Take this movie simply for what it is, a beautiful and engaging story that is somewhat of a puzzle of memories from a fictional character.

10 out of 10 stars for such an amazing story.


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