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Let's Spend the Night Together (1982)

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Hal Ashby culled footage from three live Rolling Stones concerts from their 1981American tour to create this surprisingly ho-hum documentary.more
Rating: PG
Genre: Musical & Performing Arts, Documentary
Directed By:
In Theaters:
On DVD: Dec 10, 2002
Runtime:
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Critic Reviews for Let's Spend the Night Together

All Critics (3) | Top Critics (3)

Let's Spend the Night Together is the classiest of concert movies, even if that sounds as if it ought to be a contradiction in terms.

Full Review… | May 16, 2013
New York Times
Top Critic

An account of three gigs, filmed during the Stones' 1981 American tour, that rarely strays beyond the confines of the vast stages.

Full Review… | October 31, 2007
Time Out
Top Critic

At the beginning of the film I was caught up in the Stones' waves of sound energy, and fascinated by Jagger's exhilarating, limitless onstage energy. By the end of the film I was simply stunned.

Full Review… | October 31, 2007
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Let's Spend the Night Together

Wonderful review of all the old and upcoming hits of the day. A record breaking 1981 U.S. tour set in Arizona. Features 25 classic rock songs. Hal Ashby used 20 cameras and the latest (at that time) 24 track stereo.


[img]http://t2.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcRImoctQ3tD2D7f1mBRuwfAvs1dtv8CU5lMEojvOAcDkj8AS-qLXA[/img] The stage was absolutely HUGE, too huge I think


SEE the entire film in parts:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U8uGd3drYgw part 1

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U8uGd3drYgw part 2

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jA2HerpfFvg part 3

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EFhGNoC8bTk part 4

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JiKjmd_wdNo part 5

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JCQgetWG4oM part 6



Let's Spend the Night Together is a live concert film, documenting The Rolling Stones' 1981 North American Tour. It was directed by [legendary] Hal Ashby, and released to cinemas in 1983.

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Some clips from the obviously sold out huge concert:

www.youtube.com/watch?v=03kSrYn3T5M‎

www.youtube.com/watch?v=9YADLsz367Q

The concert is ALL Mick ALL the time, naturally. The movie sprinkles in old black n white footage of performances by the band only briefly and occasionally, but never gets away from whats being played onstage.

My main problem with this concert is the huge stage and seemingly uninvolved (or is it disinterested) band memebers other than crazy man Mick Jagger. He works up a sweat more than all the other band people involved. But thats the general way of the Stones... Mick sweats onstage and everyone else does not. Charlie Watts has a bald spot even in 1981!


[img]http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8381/8605071970_d013b66f5b.jpg[/img] Mick wears an American football uniform most of the show



Lots of cigarette smoking too by Keith Richards who lights up a new one constantly.

The venues are PACKED. I mean, like thousands on thousands of people, some seem like miles away from the stage too. But not us. We are afforded great seats, with camera shots on stage almost always.

The band doesn't play only their songs, but old tunes such as Going to A Go-Go. A wonderful retrospective for a band that has lasted 5 decades and still producing. It doesn't get much better than this. A delight for Mick fans especially.

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Arrial views of Sun Devil Stadium, U.S.A. There are other venues included on this tour as well, but most seem to come from Arizona. This performance is NOT like the much later ones like Steel Wheels Tour. There are NO inflatable dogs or honkey tonk women, gimmicks like factory settings and the like. This is just a big, really big stage in pastel colors.


Some critics were disappointed such as Roger Ebert who wrote that Let's Spend the Night Together is "essentially a concert film - a film recording an ideal Rolling Stones concert, put together out of footage shot at several outdoor and indoor Stones concerts. If that's what you want, enjoy this movie. I wanted more."




NOTES:

1 It was filmed at the Meadowlands Sports Complex in East Rutherford, New Jersey (5-6 November 1981) and THIS one at the Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe, Arizona (13 December 1981).


REVIEWS:

50%
It was amazing watching this on big screen plus the stereo sound. Enjoyable for those who likes the Rolling Stones.

100%
80-100%....A record breaking 1981 U.S. tour set in the west coast. Features 25 classic rock songs. Hal Ashby used 20 cameras and the latest ... More


'The Rolling Stones' Grammy-nominated concert film ... If you are a true LIVE Stones fan, you will adore this.
running time: 93 minutes" IMBD



NOTES about the film:

1 Let's Spend the Night Together is a live concert film, documenting The Rolling Stones' 1981 North American Tour. It was directed by Hal Ashby, and released to cinemas in 1982, then subsequently released on VHS.


2 The film was released as "Rocks Off" Germany with slightly different footage and the additional song "When the Whip Comes Down"


3 The best footage was captured at the Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe, Arizona where Ashby ended up directing from a gurney while hooked up to an IV [introvenious injection] (there are conflicting reports of whether Ashby had almost overdosed from partying too hard or if he had suffered a minor heart attack). For this particular concert Ashby had a twenty camera set-up.


4 Keith Richards got so annoyed at one point that he almost started a fistfight with one of the cinematographers.

5 Unfortunately, Let's Spend the Night Together was not a box office success and concert films have consistently proven to be unlikely box office hits with the occasional rare exception like Woodstock.


[img]http://t3.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcT7y618pabZz8aQPol9dDhCBOG0GLyzkfZiq-VaJil5kj0tvmTe[/img] A logo from an album cover of theirs





CAST
Mick Jagger ... Himself
Keith Richards ... Himself
Charlie Watts ... Himself
Bill Wyman ... Himself
Ron Wood ... Himself
Ian Stewart ... Himself
Ian McLagan ... Himself
Ernie Watts ... Himself
Bobby Keys ... Himself



Track listing

"Under My Thumb" - Tempe, Arizona, 13 December 1981 (outdoor stadium show)
"Let's Spend the Night Together" - Tempe, 13 December 1981
"Shattered" - Tempe, 13 December 1981
"Neighbours" - Tempe, 13 December 1981
"Black Limousine" - Tempe, 13 December 1981
"Just My Imagination (Running Away with Me)" - Tempe, 13 December 1981
"Twenty Flight Rock" - Tempe, 13 December 1981
"Let Me Go" - Tempe, 13 December 1981
"Time Is on My Side" - Tempe, 13 December 1981
"Beast of Burden" - Tempe, 13 December 1981
"Waiting on a Friend" - Tempe, 13 December 1981
"Going to a Go-Go" - East Rutherford, New Jersey, 6 November 1981 (indoor arena show)
"You Can't Always Get What You Want" - East Rutherford, 6 November 1981
"Little T&A" - East Rutherford, 5 November 1981 (indoor arena show)
"Tumbling Dice" - East Rutherford, 5 November 1981
"She's So Cold" - East Rutherford, 5 November 1981
"All Down the Line" - East Rutherford, 5 November 1981
"Hang Fire" - East Rutherford, 5 November 1981
"Miss You" - East Rutherford, 6 November 1981
"Let It Bleed" - East Rutherford, 5 November 1981
"Start Me Up" - East Rutherford, 5 November 1981
"Honky Tonk Women" - Tempe, 13 December 1981
"Brown Sugar" - East Rutherford, 5 November 1981
"Jumpin' Jack Flash" - Tempe, 13 December 1981
"Satisfaction" - East Rutherford, 6 November 1981


Films directed by Hal Ashby

The Landlord (1970) Harold and Maude (1971) The Last Detail (1973) Shampoo (1975) Bound for Glory (1976) Coming Home (1978) Being There (1979) Second-Hand Hearts (1981) Lookin' to Get Out (1982) Let's Spend the Night Together (1983) Solo Trans (1984) The Slugger's Wife (1985) 8 Million Ways to Die (1986)


[img]http://www.ehlel.com/uploads/admin/news/medium/1326698654-kfizv0wg.jpg[/img] They must like what they do

Monsieur Rick
monsieur rick
½

This is actually a decent concert film. I just don't care for the stones live. "You can't always get what you want, but if you try sometime you just might find...you get enough to screw up the rest of your life."(or something like that)

gumnerf
Rick LeBlanc

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