Oil City Confidential

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Movie Info

A band on the verge of international stardom implodes just before punk becomes huge in the 1970s.

Cast & Crew

John Martin
Will Birch
Richard Hell
Richard England
Executive Producer
Jc Carroll
Original Music
Dr. Feelgood
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Stephen Organ
Cinematographer
Max Reeve
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Critic Reviews for Oil City Confidential

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  • Authentic feel to this good-looking biopic of the ill-fated band.

    February 5, 2010 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • What emerges is a film to rank alongside Temple's own Joe Strummer elegy 'The Future is Unwritten' as the very best in British rock documentary. Riveting, even if you don't like the music.

    February 5, 2010 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • Julien Temple's rockumentary Oil City Confidential looks like a series of Martin Parr photographs of the British by the seaside, and then segues into thrashing guitars on the Seventies New York stage.

    February 5, 2010 | Full Review…

    Kate Muir

    Times (UK)
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  • I don't think [Julien Temple's] ever made a film as good, and purely insightful as this one.

    February 5, 2010 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • The splicing of old home videos, archive footage and new interviews is handled with real finesse, and in the band's mad-eyed, quixotic guitarist Wilco Johnson, the film has a tirelessly charismatic ringmaster.

    February 5, 2010 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • A rugged piece of pulp entertainment charting the unlikely rise of UK blues outfit Dr Feelgood.

    February 5, 2010 | Rating: 3/5

Audience Reviews for Oil City Confidential

  • Sep 13, 2010
    Julien Temple's superb documentary charting the rise and fall of Canvey Island pub-rockers Dr Feelgood. The twitchily charismatic presence of guitarist Wilko Johnson and some scorching archive performances are perfectly complimented by Temple's frenetic style. If I had to quibble I might say that the b-movie inserts grate eventually, but otherwise this is top drawer, quite the equal of Temple's Joe Strummer movie and not tainted by pointless superstar talking heads.
    Stephen M Super Reviewer

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