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Rolling Thunder Revue: a Bob Dylan Story by Martin Scorsese

  • Drama
  • Documentary and factual
  • 2019
  • Martin Scorsese
  • 142 mins
  • 15

Summary

In an alchemic mix of fact and fantasy, Martin Scorsese looks back at Bob Dylan's 1975 Rolling Thunder Revue tour and a country ripe for reinvention.

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Review

A star rating of 5 out of 5.

In late-1975, after almost a decade away from the touring circuit, Bob Dylan set out across America with a revolving line-up of musicians and guest singers as the Rolling Thunder Revue, to put on some of the most memorable and iconic shows of Dylan's lengthy career. Martin Scorsese pieces together the atmosphere and excitement of the tour through new interviews with Dylan himself, as well as major players such as Joan Baez and the late playwright/actor Sam Shepard, interspersed with archive footage of the trek itself. Dylan and Baez in particular are witty and self-effacing in their recollections, but the meat of this absorbing documentary is the backstage eavesdropping by the cameras and, especially, the electrifying concert sequences showing Dylan at the height of his performing powers. Fact and fiction sometimes blur, as in the suggestion that actress Sharon Stone worked as Dylan's wardrobe assistant, but it's all very much in the playful spirit of a film that grabs the viewer from the start and doesn't let go until the end credits.

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Credits

Cast

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Bob DylanBob Dylan
The Oracle of DelphiAllen Ginsberg
The Punk PoetPatti Smith
The Queen of SwordsScarlet Rivera
The BalladeerJoan Baez
Roger McGuinnRoger McGuinn
The <em>Rolling Stone</em> ReporterLarry "Ratso" Sloman
The WriterSam Shepard
The ArtistJoni Mitchell
The BoxerRubin "Hurricane" Carter
The Teenage FanSharon Stone
The IngenueRonee Blakley

Crew

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DirectorMartin Scorsese

Details

Theatrical distributor
Netflix
Released on
2019-06-12
Languages
English
Guidance
Swearing
Formats
Colour
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