Thunder Soul (2011)

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Presented by Jamie Foxx, Thunder Soul follows the extraordinary alumni from Houston's storied Kashmere High School Stage Band, who return home after 35 years to play a tribute concert for the 92-year-old "Prof," their beloved band leader who broke the color barrier and transformed the school's struggling jazz band into a world-class funk powerhouse in the early 1970s. -- (C) Official Site

Rating: PG (for brief language and momentary historical smoking)
Genre: Documentary, Musical & Performing Arts, Special Interest
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On DVD: Jan 31, 2012
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Roadside Attractions LLC. - Official Site

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Critic Reviews for Thunder Soul

All Critics (28) | Top Critics (15)

There's a purity -- sense of righteousness and reunion and optimism -- that makes Thunder Soul galvanizing. Also, the music is smoking hot, which is pretty amazing, considering it comes from a high school band. And a bunch of oldsters.

Full Review… | October 7, 2011
Detroit News
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All of the agreeable ingredients are there, but director Mark Landsman doesn't coast on the built-in feel-good factor.

Full Review… | October 7, 2011
Film.com
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Arguably, the current generation of funk and soul revivalists owes a debt to musicians who forged their astonishing sound in between Algebra study sessions.

Full Review… | October 7, 2011
Washington Post
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Though it sometimes overplays the sentimentality, "Thunder Soul" gets not just the music but also the sense of possibility for this post-civil-rights generation.

Full Review… | October 6, 2011
Los Angeles Times
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A precious scrap of American history.

Full Review… | October 6, 2011
Chicago Reader
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Thunder Soul represents a feast for the senses, a soulful celebration of the black musical renaissance of the late '60s and '70s, but the filmmakers don't seem particularly interested in peering beneath the dazzling surface.

Full Review… | September 29, 2011
AV Club
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Audience Reviews for Thunder Soul

½

This heartfelt doc is available on Netflix. This is the story of a real life Mr. Holland's Opus. With lots of archival footage and recordings and present day interviews this film illustrates the impact one music teacher had over 35 years. "Prof" turned a high school jazz band in the mid to late 70s into an award winning, touring, album making funk band. Great music throughout! Now, alumni from the band reunite to honor "Prof" at a Kashmere High School tribute concert. You probably lack a soul if you don't shed at least a few tears.

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