Telstar (Telstar: The Joe Meek Story)2009
Telstar (Telstar: The Joe Meek Story) (2009)
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as Joe Meek
as Major Banks
as Violet Shenton
as Heinz Burt
as Clem Cattini
as Geoff Goddard
as Chas Hodges
as Patrick Pink
as Ritchie Blackmore
as Billy Kuy
as John Leyton
as Alan Caddy
as Billy Fury
as Jess Conrad
as Gene Vincent
as Screaming Lord Sutch
as Larry Parnes
as Mr. Brolin
as Sir Edward
as Biddy Meek
as John Peel
as Mitch Mitchell
as Desk Sergeant
as Board of Trade Man 1
as Board of Trade Man 2
as Board of Trade Officer
as Essex Medium
as Front of House Manager
as Lady Victim
Critic Reviews for Telstar (Telstar: The Joe Meek Story)
Even if 'Telstar' can't quite get the measure of its fascinating material, its pluck and ambition prove infectious enough to outweigh its flaws.
Fairly crackles with character and period flavor for its first 90 minutes but is let down by a repetitive and tiresomely maudlin final half-hour.
You know, this isn't an unenjoyable movie and, if you are desperate to see a movie, it'll do, but it's never fully satisfying because it never fully decides what sort of film it wants to be.
An overlong but fascinating look at the life of a forgotten innovator of early rock'n roll
Nick Moran definitely emphasizes certain characteristics of the idiosyncratic producer over others for affect, but this is still as fascinating portraits in parts.
Telstar is an embarrassing farrago, an amateurish, incoherent pantomime of a piece, stuffed with interchangeable characters, a sketchy, largely unsympathetic leading role, and - betraying its stage play origins - unspeakably stilted dialogue.
Audience Reviews for Telstar (Telstar: The Joe Meek Story)
This film has so much energy, helped in part by a towering central performance. Unmissable.
In "Telstar," Geoff Goddard(Tom Burke) gets a rude awakening to the music business in 1961 as Major Banks(Kevin Spacey) has little idea that he is a writer when he shows up to work at a chaotic music studio in London. Joe Meek(Con O'Neill) has more important things on his mind like the ambient sound in the bathroom. And then there is Mrs. Shenton(Pam Ferris), his landlady, who wants to know what the black spots in her ceiling are. Meek tells her that it is only rubber cement; so that's alright, then. With its cool period music, injections of visual panache and intriguing subject, "Telstar" clearly should have been better, but never truly escapes its stage origins, especially in an introductory scene that goes on forever. And the movie lacks any serious point of view, as Goddard comes and goes as he pleases. As far as Meek goes, the movie cannot make up its mind about him. On the one hand, we have somebody who had one, maybe two good ideas(if that), and apparently passed on every band who hit it big in the 60's. But then hindsight is always 20/20. After which, the movie tries to go in the completely opposite direction in the postscript by mentioning how much an innovator he was. So, which was it?
A brilliant exploration of the British music scene in the early 60's and the revolutionary producer Joe Meek. O'Meill is fearless in the role and is the main reason to watch this but he is also supported by the cream of British talent...and Kevin Spacey! The film moves from comic fun to dark tragedy and it helps if you're familiar with the music or some of the great artists the actors are portraying but since this is an era I've always loved I thought the whole thing was great.
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