Crock of Gold: A Few Rounds With Shane MacGowan

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A hearty cinematic toast with a bittersweet finish, Crock of Gold: A Few Rounds with Shane MacGowan pays suitably intoxicating tribute to its subject.

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CROCK OF GOLD – A FEW ROUNDS WITH SHANE MACGOWAN deep dives into the life of the tortured Irish vocalist, best known as the lead singer and songwriter of the Pogues, who famously combined traditional Irish music with the visceral energy of punk rock. Featuring unseen archival footage from the band and MacGowan's family, as well as animation from legendary illustrator Ralph Steadman, Julien Temple's rollicking love letter spotlights the iconic frontman up to his 60th birthday celebration, where singers, movie stars and rock 'n' roll outlaws gather to celebrate the man and his legacy.

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Shane MacGowan
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Jonathan Blanshay
Executive Producer
Steven Lappin
Executive Producer
Ciaran McNamara
Executive Producer
Gerry O'Boyle
Executive Producer
Steve Organ
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  • In Temple's hands it's more than a rock musical; it's a portrait of a flawed, confronting artist and ardent Irish patriot.

    December 30, 2020 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • Julien Temple gave Shane MacGowan exactly the documentary he deserves - unruly and full of heart.

    December 12, 2020 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • MacGowan fans will relish the sheer exuberance of a film that barrels along with the same hectic passion as a vintage Pogues number.

    December 11, 2020 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • Temple has always used archive material playfully; here, it's particularly riotous, like a chaotic patchwork quilt tacked together by one of Shane's drunk aunties.

    December 6, 2020 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • "Crock of Gold" isn't intended as a lament for an artist derailed by his worst impulses, though. Instead, it's a celebration of what MacGowan accomplished at his peak, as well as an explanation of the experiences that informed his music.

    December 4, 2020 | Full Review…
  • In the end, the film operates best as an act of ancestor-worship to an extraordinary musician whose best days - we are forced to sadly conclude - appear to be behind him.

    December 4, 2020 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

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