Chuck Berry: Hail! Hail! Rock 'n' Roll 1987

Chuck Berry Hail! Hail! Rock 'n' Roll

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Filmed by director Taylor Hackford on the occasion of Chuck Berry's 60th birthday, this documentary presents the rock legend performing in his hometown of St. Louis, Missouri. Joined by a number of admiring musicians, notably guitar acolytes Keith Richards and Eric Clapton, Berry runs through his classic hits to an adoring audience. The production also features behind-the-scenes footage and interviews with Berry and others, providing an in-depth look at the pioneering guitarist and singer.

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Critic Reviews for Chuck Berry: Hail! Hail! Rock 'n' Roll

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  • Chuck Berry Hail! Hail! Rock 'n' Roll is as long and unwieldy as its title, but it's probably the most revealing look we'll ever get of its subject, and the most loving evocation of his music.

    September 10, 2014 | Full Review…
  • This portrait of Mr. Berry is downbeat, and in some ways incomplete; it's very different from what might have been expected. But in its own way, Mr. Hackford's film is revealing.

    September 10, 2014 | Full Review…
  • What one misses most of all are some glimpses of the earlier Chuck Berry, when the intensity of his music and his jackrabbit moves had more satanic majesty; too much of this film shows him at half-throttle.

    September 10, 2014 | Full Review…
  • It's a great concert, but it's also a fascinating character study.

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  • The film works on two levels: as a portrait of a private, bitter and streetwise man, and as a major musical talent performing with obvious delight.

    September 10, 2014 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
  • Hail! Hail! Rock 'n' Roll is a joyous docu that effortlessly weaves luminary rock interviews with performance footage mostly shot at Berry's 60th birthday bash concert at the Fox Theatre St Louis.

    September 10, 2014 | Full Review…

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Audience Reviews for Chuck Berry: Hail! Hail! Rock 'n' Roll

  • Jan 03, 2008
    Great true-to-life documentary about Chuck Berry's concert life and his 60th birthday St Louis celebration. I'm slightly annoyed by his unpolished guitar talents but his songs have withstood the test of time - a mark of influential songwriting. Clapton, Richards, Lennon and the other celebrity interviews are funny - the performing guests even tease 60-year-old Chuck and his half-assed attitude. In the film, Berry plays terribly over dozens of tracks while his celebrity-studded backup band carries him through. I admire his songwriting skills, but I'd rather listen through the performances with Berry's guitar backline muted.
    Kevin M Super Reviewer
  • Sep 02, 2007
    The highlights are definitely the concert scenes; guest spots from Keith Richards, Julian Lennon and Clapton make for a surreal but fun show. Everything else is interesting and shot well but Chuck doesn't seem to want anyone to get past the surface.
    Nate H Super Reviewer

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