Northern Soul

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Northern Soul overcomes its spotty narrative with a likable cast, rich period atmosphere, and a killer soundtrack that perfectly captures the time.

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A disc jockey (Joshua Whitehouse) introduces his new friend (Elliot James Langridge) to Northern soul, a combination of American soul and distinctive dance styles that takes the United Kingdom by storm in the 1970s.

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James Lance
DJ Ray Henderson
Elaine Constantine
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Elaine Constantine
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Robert Little
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Henry Normal
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Kevin Loader
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Kevin Phelan
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Marco Santucci
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Critic Reviews for Northern Soul

All Critics (38) | Top Critics (14) | Fresh (29) | Rotten (9)

  • The movie is carried by the two hard-dancing leads, whose sweat-soaked strutting demands attention.

    October 23, 2015 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • Rich in period detail, it's as transportative to the shuffling spins, fashion subculture and euphoric, amphetamine-fuelled all-nighters of 1974 Lancashire and the cult-following DJs of the Wigan Casino as a documentary, turned up to 11.

    October 23, 2015 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
  • The film has a ferocious, shaggy energy that mirrors that of the testosterone-, amphetamine- and adrenaline-pumped boys.

    October 7, 2015 | Full Review…
  • Where this movie comes up short is in bringing any kind of real life to its bildungsroman side.

    October 2, 2015 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • The first feature from writer-director Elaine Constantine, herself a Northern soul veteran, the film follows a fairly familiar innocent-led-astray storyline.

    October 2, 2015 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…

    Tom Long

    Detroit News
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  • Funny and feisty, gritty and sometimes grim, this first feature from the photographer Elaine Constantine delivers a sweaty snapshot of a very specific time and place.

    October 1, 2015 | Full Review…

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  • Feb 14, 2015
    A really engrossing look at how US soul music reached the UK in the 70's and the scene that accompanied it. Great performances from the well known actors but the main actors who are not that well known, along with the superb soundtrack, really steal the show and keep you watching.
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