Status Quo: Hello Quo

Status Quo: Hello Quo

Alan G Parker (2012)

152min
15 Certificate
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When a band has been together (in its various incarnations) for half a century, it's inevitable that there will be as many must-tell anecdotes as hit singles. Status Quo have more than their fair share of both and, fortunately, director Alan G Parker has realised that it takes time to tell the full story of the band: this definitive account may clock in at over two hours 30 minutes, but it is one of the best rockumentaries of recent times. Putting aside the bitterness that seeped in over the years, core members Francis Rossi, Rick Parfitt, Alan Lancaster and John Coghlan recall their journey from childhood friends to their 1970s heyday and subsequent rock legend status with clarity and affection. Fans ranging from Cliff Richard and Jeff Lynne to Paul Weller and Brian May dispel the idea of "The Quo" being three-chord thrashers by discussing the dynamism, distinctiveness and deftness of their sound. The group's most famous songs - from Pictures of Matchstick Men to Rockin' All Over the World - are all here, and the squabbles, drug binges, health scares and rare misfires are confronted with laudable frankness. It's compelling stuff, and the climactic reunion performance of In My Chair will have toes tapping and stiff upper lips quivering.

Summary

Documentary examining the rock band's five-decade history, including interviews with the band, concert footage and previously unseen archive material, as well as the 2012 reunion of the original line-up, performing together for the first time in over 30 years. With contributions from Paul Weller, Brian May, Noddy Holder, Cliff Richard and Jeff Lynne.

Cast & Crew

Francis Rossi Francis Rossi
Rick Parfitt Rick Parfitt
Alan Lancaster Alan Lancaster
John Coghlan John Coghlan
Andrew Bown Andrew Bown
Jeff Rich Jeff Rich
John "Rhino" Edwards, John "Rhino" Edwards
Matt Letley Matt Letley
Director Alan G Parker
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Other Information

Language: English Colour and Black and White Theatrical distributor: Anchor Bay Films Guidance: Swearing, sexual references. Available on: Available on DVD and BluRay Released on: 19 Oct 2012

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