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The Sparks Brothers

  • Comedy
  • Documentary and factual
  • 2021
  • Edgar Wright
  • 141 mins
  • 15

Summary

A musical odyssey through five weird and wonderful decades with Ron and Russell Mael celebrating the inspiring legacy of Sparks.

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Review

A star rating of 4 out of 5.

The sheer breadth and depth of talking heads gathered by director Edgar Wright for this tribute to LA-raised rock/pop sibling duo Sparks speaks volumes of the love and respect they command. Beck, Mike Myers, Giorgio Moroder, Sex Pistol Steve Jones, members of New Order and Duran Duran plus superfan Jonathan Ross (who warmly describes the duo as two people "who look like they've been let out for a day") are among those lining up to deify brothers Ron and Russell Mael, who are still working in their 70s. Since their debut in 1971, they've recorded 25 albums and experienced as many highs as lows - including a six-year spell without a record label - but they have continued to reinvent themselves with hits such as This Town Ain't Big Enough for Both of Us, The Number One Song in Heaven and When Do I Get to Sing My Way. With Russell's good looks and cartoonish falsetto, and keyboardist Ron's challenging Hitler moustache and mischievous lyrics, they defy categorisation and convention, and commentator Paul Morley nails it with the line: "They're the best British group ever to come out of America." An intelligent, joyful and overstuffed story-so-far, this documentary will satisfy inquisitive newcomers and dedicated fans alike.

Credits

Cast

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Ron MaelRon Mael
Russell MaelRussell Mael
BeckBeck
Alex KapranosAlex Kapranos
Jonathan RossJonathan Ross
Mike MyersMike Myers
Giorgio MoroderGiorgio Moroder

Crew

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DirectorEdgar Wright

Details

Theatrical distributor
Universal Pictures Int (UK)
Released on
2021-07-30
Languages
English
Guidance
swearing
Formats
Colour
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