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Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers: Runnin' Down a Dream (2007)

Not Rated | | Documentary, Music | 14 October 2007 (USA)
"Runnin' Down A Dream," a film directed by cinema legend Peter Bogdanovich, is the story of one of America's great rock and roll bands told as never before.

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Credited cast:
Neil Armstrong ... Himself (voice) (archive footage)
Mick Avory ... Himself (archive footage)
Ron Blair Ron Blair ... Himself
Peter Bogdanovich ... Himself (voice)
Jackson Browne ... Himself
Mike Campbell ... Himself
Johnny Cash ... Himself (archive footage)
Gene Clark Gene Clark ... Himself (archive footage)
Mike Clarke Mike Clarke ... Himself (archive footage)
Denny Cordell Denny Cordell ... Himself
Carol Coughlin Carol Coughlin ... Herself - Reporter (voice) (archive footage)
David Crosby ... Himself (archive footage)
Ray Davies ... Himself (archive footage)
Johnny Depp ... Himself
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"Runnin' Down A Dream," a film directed by cinema legend Peter Bogdanovich, is the story of one of America's great rock and roll bands told as never before.

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Benmont Tench: Fucking play it - we're musicians! We're in the goddamn rock and roll Hall of Fame. Play your fucking guitars! Jesus.
Tom Petty: You're too reserved, you hold yourself in.
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Great Doc
27 February 2008 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Running Down a Dream (2007)

*** 1/2 (out of 4)

Peter Bogdanovich's mammoth documentary about the history of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers runs a few minutes short of four hours so needless to say there's a lot of information. I think the film's biggest problem is the fact that it runs so long because even the smallest detail of something will get too much attention and by the time the fourth hour was nearing it was really hurting me. Perhaps it would have been best to watch it in two parts as it is offered up this way. Even with that said, this is a very impressive look at the group, which covers their early bands all the way up to their most recent album. Petty and the group aren't shy about sharing their feelings and this leads to some great and sometimes sad stories. Their battle with their record label is covered in great detail as is their 1986-87 tour with Bob Dylan, The Traveling Wilburys days and even their brief work with Johnny Cash. Stevie Nicks, George Harrison, Jeff Lynne and various others are interviewed along the way. Another great thing is that Petty must have known they would take off one day because he videotaped all of his early stuff including his original drive to L.A. when they were searching for a record deal. All of this behind the scenes footage is terrific as is the concert footage.


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