Slade In Flame (1975)

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British glam rock superstars Slade made their collective acting debut in this downbeat drama about a pop group's struggles with success. In the late '60s, Barry (Dave Hill), Paul (Jim Lea), and Charlie (Don Powell) are musicians who are barely making a living playing pub dates, weddings, and socials backing up egocentric vocalist Jack Daniels (Alan Lake). One night, the boys find themselves opening for a ghoulish show band called The Undertakers, and a prank played on their lead vocalist, Stoker (Noddy Holder), backfires and leads to a car chase which lands both groups in jail for the night. After a long night of thinking, Barry, Paul, and Charlie decide that they have no future with Daniels, and bring new pal Stoker aboard as their singer. Calling themselves Iron Rod, the new quartet clicks musically, but manager Ron Harding (Johnny Shannon) doesn't care for their new style and stops booking the group. Robert Seymour (Tom Conti), a marketing man from a wealthy family who thinks there's quick money in pop music, enters the picture and informs the band that he can make them major stars. Wary of Seymour but eager for success, the group signs a new management deal, and after Seymour changes their name to Flame and gives them an image makeover, the band scores a hit record and is soon playing a series of sold-out shows. But as fame beckons, tensions rise between the musicians and is not at all helped when Harding reenters the picture. Slade members Jim Lea and Noddy Holder wrote a set of original songs for the film, two of which ("Far Far Away" and "How Does It Feel") became hit singles in the U.K. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi
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PG
Genre:
Drama , Musical & Performing Arts
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Cast

Noddy Holder
as Stoker
Dave Hill
as Barry
Don Powell
as Charlie
Tom Conti
as Seymour
Johnny Shannon
as Harding
Alan Lake
as Daniels
Sara Clee
as Angie
Antony Allen
as Russell
John Dicks
as Lenny
Michael Coles
as Roy Priest
Nina Thomas
as Julie
A.J. Brown
as Chairman
Jimmy Gardner
as Charlie's Dad
Sheila Raynor
as Charlie's Mum
Patrick Connor
as Foreman
Kenneth Colley
as Tony Devlin
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Critic Reviews for Slade In Flame

All Critics (1)

why saddle them with an "evils of the music empire" story?

March 28, 2004
Filmcritic.com

Audience Reviews for Slade In Flame

Evidently, this is an accurate portrayal of the life of a glam rock band in the 1970s. Good for them.

Michael Troudt
Michael Troudt
½

A seventies band film with a proper story, quite a dark one in places. It ain't quite Mike Leigh with guitars but it's not half bad, and the tunes are really quite good.

Dave Plummer
Dave Plummer

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