Standing in the Shadows of Motown

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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.

Movie Data

Facts

Status Released

Original Language English

Runtime 1h 56m

Budget -

Revenue -

Homepage -

Release Information

  • November 15, 2002
    PG, Theatrical

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Cast 18

  1. R'
  2. JA

    Jack Ashford
    Himself

  3. BB

    Bob Babbitt
    Himself

  4. B'

    Benny 'Papa Zita' Benjamin
    Himself (archive footage)

  5. E'

    Eddie 'Bongo' Brown
    Himself (archive footage)

  6. Bootsy Collins
  7. JG
  8. Ben Harper

    Ben Harper
    Himself

  9. JH

    Joe Hunter
    Himself

  10. JJ

    James Jamerson
    Himself (archive footage)

  11. UJ

    Uriel Jones
    Himself

  12. MJ
  13. Chaka Khan

    Chaka Khan
    Herself

  14. GL

    Gerald Levert
    Himself

  15. JM

    Joe Messina
    Himself

  16. MN
  17. Joan Osborne

    Joan Osborne
    Herself

  18. RR

    Rudy Robinson
    Himself

Crew 5

Directing

  1. PJ

    Paul Justman
    Director

Sound

  1. AS

Writing

  1. WD
  2. NS
  3. AS

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