Overview

In 1959, Berry Gordy Jr. gathered the best musicians from Detroit's thriving jazz and blues scene to begin cutting songs for his new record company. Over a fourteen year period they were the heartbeat on every hit from Motown's Detroit era. By the end of their phenomenal run, this unheralded group of musicians had played on more number ones hits than the Beach Boys, the Rolling Stones, Elvis and the Beatles combined - which makes them the greatest hit machine in the history of popular music. They called themselves the Funk Brothers. Forty-one years after they played their first note on a Motown record and three decades since they were all together, the Funk Brothers reunited back in Detroit to play their music and tell their unforgettable story, with the help of archival footage, still photos, narration, interviews, re-creation scenes, 20 Motown master tracks, and twelve new live performances of Motown classics with the Brothers backing up contemporary performers.

  1. Paul Justman

    Director

  2. Alan Slutsky

    Novel

  3. Ntozake Shange

    Writer

  4. Walter Dallas

    Writer

Top Billed Cast

  1. Richard 'Pistol' Allen

    Himself

  2. Jack Ashford

    Himself

  3. Bob Babbitt

    Himself

  4. Benny 'Papa Zita' Benjamin

    Himself (archive footage)

  5. Eddie 'Bongo' Brown

    Himself (archive footage)

Full Cast & Crew

Standing in the Shadows of Motown
Standing in the Shadows of Motown

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Status Released

Release Information

  • November 15, 2002
    PG
    Theatrical

    Meaning

    Some material may not be suitable for children under 10. These films may contain some mild language, crude/suggestive humor, scary moments and/or violence. No drug content is present. There are a few exceptions to this rule. A few racial insults may also be heard.

Original Language English

Runtime 1h 56m

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