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

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½ March 24, 2017
What a great movie even if it doesn't go full documentary and instead focuses on the concert series for his B-Day. You still get a sense of him and all his contradictions and it's fascinating watching. Holy crap was Little Richard going nuts in his interview. The man was high or something.
October 23, 2015
Loving and revealing at the same time. It is great to see four masters at work: Chuck Berry, musical director Keith Richards, Johnnie Johnson and Steve Jordan. This quote by Keef says it all: "He gave me more headaches than Mick Jagger, but I still can't dislike him."
February 24, 2014
A fun documentary about one of the founders of Rock 'N Roll. Completely worth watching, just to see Chuck Berry tell Keith Richards he's not playing the guitar correctly.
March 8, 2013
Excellent documentary about Chuck Berry's life. I liked how he explained the story about all his hits and it showed him practicing with Keith Richards. Didn't like hearing John Lennon's son singing Johnny Be Good.
½ May 13, 2012
Great documentary into the originator of rock n roll
March 5, 2012
An incredible journey into the life and mind of the father of rock and roll, Chuck Berry. Historically underappreciated by record companies, his fans knew better and his colleagues even more. I am blown away by the incendiary performanve
½ December 24, 2011
Entertaining documentary about the history of rock 'n roll
December 31, 2010
a little too self-congratulating in the 'documentary' scenes, which are almost shot more like scenes out of a regular narrative film (Hackford usually doesn't make docs anyway), but it does grab a good feel for the period that it comes from in the 1950's. And of course the music is all made of win.
September 28, 2010
A really great concert film and if you didn't know anything about Chuck Berry going into it, it's a tremendous introduction (a sign of any good documentary). You get a chance to see Chuck on stage, recording, being a regular human being and everything in between. Outside of his refusal to discuss his legal problems and run-ins with the law, which, I believe were overshadowed by his musical career, it doesn't take away from giving you a really in-depth look at the man behind the legend, both good and bad.
½ August 8, 2010
Concert film and documentary on rock pioneer Chuck Berry on his 60th birthday. Very nicely filmed at St Louis' Fox Theater. Chuck definitely brought much more to the table than simply inspiring the Judas Priest cover of Johnny Be Good.
December 8, 2009
Taylor Hackford might be best known as the director of Ray or Dolores Claiborne, but here he directs a rough and entertaining concert film with guest appearances by Eric Clapton, Little Richard, Linda Ronstadt, Bo Diddley and others. Chuck Berry comes off as a very private man, and maybe not the nicest guy, but the music is great and it's interesting all the way through. If you're a fan of Chuck or early rock this really is worth watching.
½ August 6, 2009
Great documentary into the originator of rock n roll
February 7, 2009
the jams in the extras on the dvd are amazing
½ November 29, 2008
Hail! Hail! Rock 'n' Roll is one of the greatest documentary/concert films ever made. It provides an in-depth look at the life of one of musics most talented minds as part of his 60th birthday celebration. There are several great musicians in the film including Keith Richards, Eric Clapton and Linda Ronstadt.
½ October 23, 2008
A great doc on legendary rock pioneer Chuck Berry.The music was great, the performances were great. Even the stories told were interesting. It shows Chuck in true form - moody and persistent. Wow.
½ August 31, 2008
this would probably be much more enjoyable if it wasn't filmed in the mid-eighties. not only is the viewer subjected to some classic 1980's super clean county-fairground bass-heavy musical production but we have to deal with julian lennon. what a talentless piece of shit. also, eric clapton apparently can't be seen without a guitar and can't go one five minute interview without jerking off all over it. i learned that chuck berry is a pretty shitty guitar player as well. watching bruce springsteen gush and keith richards hold down the fort is well worth the two hour commitment though. all in all its pretty solid for a rock documentary and interesting all the way through if you like these sort of things.
August 20, 2008
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May 17, 2008
Without Chuck Berry there would be no Elvis. This is a good rockumentary that has some hilarious quarrels between Chuck and Keith Richards as it's highlights.
April 11, 2008
A wonderful look at the true king of rock'n roll, Chuck Berry. And what's better than seeing Chuck Berry play live? Seeing Chuck Berry play live being backed by Keith Richards, Eric Clapton, Johnny Johnson and other amazing musicians. Intercuts to interviews and practices give the film a lot more depth, and it's great to hear people like Jerry Lee Lewis, Little Richard, and Bruce Springsteen talk with so much respect about Chuck.
February 22, 2008
check this 1 out.excellent watch for rock n roll fans.
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