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Pearl Jam Twenty

  • Documentary and factual
  • History
  • 2011
  • Cameron Crowe
  • 119 mins
  • 15

Summary

Music documentary that charts the two-decade history of the US rockers, taking in their rise to stardom in the 1990s, success on the world stage, combative attitude to the music industry and outspoken political views.

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Review

A star rating of 2 out of 5.

Director Cameron Crowe (Jerry Maguire, Almost Famous) first met Pearl Jam founding members Stone Gossard and Jeff Ament in the late 1980s when he was a rock journalist. That makes him perfectly placed to stitch together this exhaustive overview of the formative moments from the 20-year career of arguably the most successful band to emerge from the early 90s Seattle "grunge" scene. Pulling together grainy old camcorder footage, powerful performances and interviews with all the key players, Crowe draws out the outfit's motivations and concerns with the eye of a true aficionado. But if you're not a fan, then his testimonial can feel languorous, with the band too earnest and heartfelt in conversation to truly light up the screen in the same way as their performances light up the stage. No wonder they didn't do interviews for so many years.

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Credits

Cast

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Chris CornellChris Cornell
Eddie VedderEddie Vedder
Stone GossardStone Gossard
Jeff AmentJeff Ament
Mike McCreadyMike McCready
Matt CameronMatt Cameron

Crew

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DirectorCameron Crowe

Details

Theatrical distributor
Arts Alliance
Released on
2011-09-16
Languages
English
Formats
Colour
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