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Phil Collins: I Wish It Would Rain Down (1990)

This music video for Phil Collins' hit ft. Eric Clapton presents a theatre director (played by Jeffrey Tambor) worried about his current musical play after the absence of his lead singer ... See full summary »

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Credited cast:
Phil Collins ... Bill Collins
Jeffrey Tambor ... Theatre Director
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
James Cagney ... Himself (archive footage)
Ralph Chelli Ralph Chelli ... Clark Gable
Eric Clapton ... Guitar player
Groucho Marx ... Himself (archive footage)
Marilyn Monroe ... Herself (archive footage)
Robert Sacchi ... Humphrey Bogart
Leland Sklar ... Bass player
Chester Thompson ... Chester, the janitor
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This music video for Phil Collins' hit ft. Eric Clapton presents a theatre director (played by Jeffrey Tambor) worried about his current musical play after the absence of his lead singer during a rehearsal. Clapton asks if newcomer Bill Collins (played by Phil) can be part of the act since he has some singing talent. During the act, Bill dreams of having a successful career in show business. Written by Rodrigo Amaro

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I Wish It Would Rain Down
Written and performed by Phil Collins
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Unusual match between image and sound but a successful one
14 July 2017 | by Rodrigo_AmaroSee all my reviews

A refreshing idea when it comes to the magic of clips, very fun to look at it but one that doesn't fit much with the song, "I Wish It Would Rain Down" manages to succeed thanks not only to the presences of Phil Collins and Eric Clapton joining forces but mostly because Jeffrey Tambor steals the show playing an intrusive theatre director during the initial and final talky moments when the song isn't playing.

A clip with a minor story: in the 1940's or 1950's, Tambor is directing a musical play that isn't following his vision and much to his dismay one of the musicians got sick and couldn't attend the rehearsals. Clapton plays the guitarist and he suggests to use Bill Collins (played by Phil) to fill as the lead vocal while the theatre janitor would play the drums. The director decides to give them a try and while Collins is performing the song he dreams of a life of success as a famous actor who appears in varied projects like "The Maltese Falcon", "White Heat" and "Davy Crockett", wins awards and fame whatever he goes. Lots of fun to watch how director James Yukich worked such concept in a very entertaining way and mixing references each frame goes by.

Quite lovely experience but I honestly don't find much appropriate for the song which is a bluesy power ballad, reflective and sad. Sure, it's better seeing this amusing flight of imagination and creativity than seeing a downer clip or just seeing Collins performing it on stage with massive close-ups heightening the most dramatic parts but it's somewhat distracting seeing a jolly collage of images from the past characters and impersonators of Gable and Bogart interacting with Phil. I can't deny its everlasting effect, brilliantly made but it's just strange seeing how such contrast between sound and image can actually work without problems. Despite that, the song was a hit.

But fine. Despite that minor criticism, Yukich made a magnificent clip experience, very memorable and delightfully filmed in a nice black-and-white mode; and all the musicians had some acting abilities to perform with the outstanding Jeffrey Tambor, who is quite funny as the unhappy and whining director. Agaim, the clip is great as the song but they don't blend together all that much. No harm done and you can enjoy it with no major problem. 9/10


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