BANG! The Bert Berns Story (2017)

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You may have never heard of Bert Berns, but you know the enduring songs he's written and produced: Twist & Shout, Cry to Me, Tell Him, Piece of My Heart, Cry Baby, Hang On Sloopy, I Want Candy, Everybody Needs Somebody to Love - Berns' career IS Rock and Roll. Berns sessions made legends of Solomon Burke, The Isley Brothers, The Drifters, Ben E. King, Wilson Pickett, Van Morrison, and Neil Diamond, and his songs became chart-topping covers for the likes of the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, the Animals and Janis Joplin. His premature death at 38 cut short a seven-year streak of hits, rooted in his early Brill Building and 1650 Broadway days, through his tenure at Atlantic Records to the formation and success of his own labels Bang Records and Shout Records.

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All Critics (14) | Top Critics (5)

The story itself is arresting, and if that's all "Bang" offered, that would be enough. But "Bang" does more.

May 10, 2017 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

[The] impressive lineup of interview subjects properly tells the story of a man whose contributions to popular music have been largely unheralded.

May 4, 2017 | Full Review…

The documentary may not have widespread appeal, but should engross viewers who know the songs but not the man behind them.

Apr 27, 2017 | Full Review…
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Blending stock footage, vintage audio, re-creation, and many testimonials from heavy hitters from Ben E. King to Van Morrison, Berns' son Brett keeps things visually lively ...

Apr 26, 2017 | Full Review…

If you love the music Berns made, you'll love this movie; if you don't, I feel for you, but "Bang!" might nevertheless entertain with its dish.

Apr 25, 2017 | Full Review…

As documentaries go, Bang! is fairly by the numbers but comes to life when the artists that performed for Berns share their stories on this eccentric and unique figure.

Oct 30, 2018 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

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