Backstage

Backstage

Chris Fiore (2000)

86min
15 Certificate
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Review

Our Score
Chris Fiore's boisterous documentary cashes in on the hip-hop phenomenon by offering a purportedly frank and uncensored look at 1999's sell-out US rap extravaganza, the Hard Knock Life Tour. Featuring headlining MCs Jay-Z, DMX, Method Man, Redman and other key artists, the congratulatory film follows the standard formula of concert footage randomly combined with off-stage action and plenty of pointless posturing for the camera. Die-hard fans will doubtlessly lap up the profanity-riddled shots of stars smoking dope, groping groupies, squabbling and generally stroking their egos, but it's definitely a case of preaching to the converted. Ultimately anyone unfamiliar with the scene will gain little insight, especially since Fiore cuts away when anything really revealing occurs.

Summary

Documentary following some of hip-hop's leading stars backstage during a concert from the 1999 Hard Knock Life Tour. The film includes interviews with the performers and footage of the concert. Featuring Jay-Z, DMX, Method Man, Ja Rule, Redman, Memphis Bleek and Damon Dash.

Cast & Crew

Jay-Z Jay-Z
DMX D M X
Method Man Method Man
Redman Redman
Beanie Sigel Beanie Sigel
Memphis Bleek Memphis Bleek
DJ Clue D J Clue
Amil Amil
Ja Rule Ja Rule
Damon Dash Damon Dash
Director Chris Fiore
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Other Information

Language: English Colour Guidance: Swearing, drug abuse and brief nudity. Available on: Available on DVD

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