Steve Earle: Just an American Boy (2003)

Steve Earle: Just an American Boy



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In the fall of 2002, singer, songwriter and political activist Steve Earle released an album of songs written in the wake of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, entitled Jerusalem. One of its songs, "John Walker's Blues" -- written from the perspective of John Walker Lindh, a Muslim from America who was discovered fighting alongside Taliban forces -- triggered off a flurry of controversy, and Earle found himself having to defend his views, his patriotism, and his right to free speech in … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Musical & Performing Arts, Documentary
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On DVD: Feb 10, 2004
Cowboy Pictures


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All Critics (17) | Top Critics (9)

Decidedly low-tech and not always particularly coherent or cohesive.

December 12, 2003
Washington Post
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While the film's coziness toward its subject is ultimately frustrating, it does provide a welcome portrait of one of the music industry's genuine and rare iconoclasts.

December 10, 2003
Hollywood Reporter
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Even for a big fan like me, parts of this documentary (especially musical performances) just go on too long.

Full Review… | December 4, 2003
Chicago Tribune
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Earle's song introductions, like those of his mentors Townes Van Zandt and Guy Clark, are as meaty, pointed, and touching as the tunes themselves, and his spoken words -- full of humor and humanity -- are the heart of the film.

Full Review… | November 28, 2003
Boston Globe
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A mediocre music documentary.

November 7, 2003
New York Post
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A crude but stirring video documentary.

Full Review… | November 6, 2003
New York Times
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