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Once Were Brothers: Robbie Robertson and The Band

Once Were Brothers: Robbie Robertson and The Band is a movie starring Martin Scorsese, Marilyn Monroe, and Bob Dylan. A confessional, cautionary, and occasionally humorous tale of Robbie Robertson's young life and the creation of...

Other Titles
Once Were Brothers: Robbie Robertson and the Band
Running Time
1 hours 40 minutes
Quality
480p, 720p, 1080p, 2K, 4K
Genres
Documentary, History, Music, Biography
Director
Daniel Roher
Writer
Daniel Roher
Actors
George Harrison, Marilyn Monroe, Bob Dylan, Martin Scorsese
Country
Canada, USA
Year
2019
Audio Languages
English, Deutsch, Français, Italiano, Español, Svenska, Gaeilge, Nederlands
Subtitles
日本語, Čeština, Tiếng Việt, Português, 한국어, Australia, Filipino, हिन्दी

A confessional, cautionary, and occasionally humorous tale of Robbie Robertson's young life and the creation of one of the most enduring groups in the history of popular music, The Band.

Comments about documentary «Once Were Brothers: Robbie Robertson and The Band» (29)

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Peter Jackson

How can a film that got good reviews, and awards, be so disappointing? How can they not give this an Oscar? This is a film that should have been a bigger deal. The acting, cinematography, music, and musical score are all great. But the movie lacks in the most basic of parts. What was the point of all of these clips? It seemed like they were just there for some sort of analysis. What did they do that was so good? And it was not enough. Why was Robert De Niro there? He is a great actor. I do not know what else to say. This is a great film, but it could have been so much better.

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Sharon

I saw this movie in 2001, and it was on television for a few days. I watched it again, and I loved it. The story was told in a very effective way, the performances were outstanding, and the music was incredible. I highly recommend this movie. I think it is the best movie of 2001.

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Shirley

This documentary is divided in three parts: 1) A close up of Robbie Robertson performing in the scene of his "comeback"; 2) Robbie Robertson and The Band performing in a Japanese club and their performances of American songs and western music; 3) Robbie Robertson and The Band performing in a French Club. The third part is very special: the performance in the French Club. You can feel how much Robbie has contributed to the music industry. Robbie is very very talented and you can see that he had a lot of difficulties with this role. He had to learn English and the role was very difficult for him. It was very hard to find a way of expressing the emotion that Robbie had to express with his singing, that he was very proud of and that he was a huge star. Robbie was also very disappointed and frustrated because he thought that he had not been given the chance to perform with his band. At the end, he had the courage to admit that he was just not given the chance to perform with The Band. Robbie was very proud of this performance, especially because he felt that he had really played a big role. He was really satisfied with the performance and this was also very important for him because it was a first performance for him. In conclusion, I strongly recommend that you watch this documentary because it is a very special documentary for Robbie Robertson. Thank you for your work on this documentary. This documentary is very important for Robbie and for American music. This documentary will be a good source for Robbie. I would highly recommend that you watch this documentary. I would give it an 8 out of 10.

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Michael V.

This is a fascinating documentary about the young Joe Louis who was one of the greatest boxer of all time and one of the few of his era to have serious illness. It chronicles the life of the man and his many strange incidents which led to his hospitalization for a few days. I think one of the highlights of the documentary is when the doctor finally gets through to Louis and he's unable to answer the questions they asked him. This was the most compelling part of the documentary. The director is a great storyteller who's not afraid to take on the subject matter of the legendary athlete. He does this well and tells the story of a man who's character and true character is always worth seeing. It's definitely a good watch.

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Ethan

This documentary is kind of a self-indulgent piece of fan-bait and is made in the tradition of many made-for-TV films that have come out in recent years. But in this case, "Wanted: Robbie Robertson" is much more than a made-for-TV-movie. The film is actually a series of archival interviews with Robbie, his wife and father-in-law, and former manager of Robbie's band. There is also a discussion of the different aspects of his life that came to light in the interviews and he has written in to say that some of the footage was edited. But his comments are basically positive and the film is well worth watching. This is a great, if highly overrated documentary about one of the greatest musicians of our time. It is also worth noting that Robbie Robertson was not the most articulate of individuals and some of his comments are not particularly coherent. But, these are minor quibbles. This is a wonderful movie and would have been just as well made as a one-on-one interview with Robbie, but it is a testament to his ability to remain a good man that he is the same guy. A real hero.

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Harold Foster

The only reason I gave this 8 stars is because it is interesting. It gives a different perspective on the period and helps to change the perceptions of the time. But as an independent documentary it is still very good. It does not tell the story of the war from a perspective that we all know, which is a good thing. The film also tells the stories of the men who did it, not as a story about who did what and why. I am not sure I understand why they did it, but it does not need to be the main focus of the film. My favorite part is when they describe the lives of the women who went to war with them, and the first time they had sex. This is a great film. I would recommend it to anyone who likes documentaries or music.

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Shirley R.

After reading many comments about this movie, i wanted to see it with an open mind. The first half of the film told the story of Robbie Robertson's life, all he had to do was look at pictures, listen to music and believe that the people he worked with were real people. The second half, a musician's life and a love story, came along and started to tell a story of the music business. It was a slow and careful telling of his life, but all i can say is that it was great. The cinematography and editing were great, the soundtrack was great and the direction was great. The part that really moved me was the part where Robbie Robertson tries to come out of the wall, i was so moved by this part. I had never heard anything like this in the history of music. I was left with a feeling of being a part of something that is still going on, despite the huge amount of time it has been, even after the music industry has come and gone. Robbie Robertson is still making music, and we can all still find music in our hearts. I give this movie an 8 out of 10.

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Catherine M.

I have been a fan of Robbie Robertson since my teens. Even though I'm not that big of a fan, I had been curious about the story of Robbie's childhood and it's painful aftermath. I had always wondered why his mom moved to Australia to raise him, but even with the answers I had hoped for, it didn't make me want to talk about it. But when I heard about the film, I finally made up my mind to talk about it. The first thing I saw was the music. Robbie and his band performed and I thought it was great. The songs were very well done and I thought the lyrics were very true and moved me to tears. They are also very touching and real. I didn't think this film would be as good as it was. I expected it to be great but I also thought it would be very touching and sad. I really liked it. It was also very artistic. I loved the animation and how they depicted Robbie's childhood. It was very well done. I loved the animation and the music was also great. I also thought the acting was good and it was very well done. I loved it. It's a very good movie and I recommend it to anyone who likes Robbie Robertson or music.

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Anthony

I am usually in a pretty bad mood after watching a documentary, especially when I am feeling like the subject of the film has not been treated very well by the filmmakers, but this documentary was very well done. They were able to do a good job of portraying the trials and tribulations of Robbie Robertson and The Band, the early history of the band, the very early years of the career of Robbie and The Band, and of course the band's early success and the reality of the band's life. It was also nice to see how they were able to get photos and music footage from the band's earliest days to their final days and all of the high points of their lives. Also, it was nice to see how Robbie had been treated as a family member and not as a full fledged member of the band, as they were very nice about it. Robbie Robertson, as mentioned, had very few lines in the movie, but they were very well written and well acted. He was able to tell a very long story about the band, how he ended up in the band, how his family handled his time in the band, and also how he was able to get on with his life and get over the grief he experienced when he found out that he was not in the band anymore. This documentary was very well done, especially the interviews of the band's lead singer and all of the members of the band and I would highly recommend it.

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Jane S.

The film, which I've been meaning to see for some time, is a documentary about the life and times of Robbie Robertson, the founder of The Rolling Stones. The film is very well done and well-done. The film is told from the perspective of the band and their management, and the audience is never told what the band was like. The film is also very entertaining, and there are some great performances by The Rolling Stones. The film is a great documentary, and it is well-worth seeing. It is also very interesting to see how the Stones became a band. The film is very well-done, and the performances by the band are great. The film is very entertaining, and it is well-worth seeing.

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Tiffany

I had never heard of Robbie Robertson before this documentary, but I found it fascinating and very informative. I think that the story of his life is fascinating. He was a very talented musician and a very important figure in the world of rock music. He was a great friend of The Band and was a major influence on them. He had a very unique way of performing. He was a very talented singer and songwriter. He was a very versatile performer. I thought that the documentary was very well done. It was very interesting and I would recommend it to anyone who is interested in music and/or rock music.

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Michelle W.

This is a good documentary about the band The Band. It is based on the book of the same name by George Bancroft, who was a friend of the band and his wife. The book was written in the early 1960s, but the film is based on the real life of George Bancroft. The film is a bit slow in the beginning, but it picks up as the band starts to play and the story begins to get interesting. The story is a bit like a love story, but it is more of a band story. It is a bit sad and sad, but it is a sad story. The film is a little bit overlong, but it does keep you interested. The film does not tell the whole story of the band, but it is a good documentary about the band and it is worth watching.

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Roger

This documentary is made up of ten stories, all about Robbie Robertson, the guitarist for Led Zeppelin. It is a well crafted and informative documentary that shows the highs and lows of the band. It is a very thoughtful film that is able to tell the story of a band that has been involved in music for over forty years. The documentaries are good because they give the story of the band, rather than just talking about the band. The stories are related very well, from the head honcho of Led Zeppelin, Jimmy Page, to the fans, and from the most talented musicians to the least talented musicians. The fact that all of the stories are tied together makes the film more interesting. One of the best parts of the documentary is the interviews of members of the band, including Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, and John Bonham. These are wonderful interviews and show the thought and hard work that is put into the writing, rehearsals, and performances. It is a very nice addition to the film to see members of the band talk about the writing and performing of Led Zeppelin's music. The documentary also includes a lot of archive footage and music video footage. It is very well made and the interviews are very interesting. I would recommend it to anyone, even if you aren't a fan of Led Zeppelin.

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Madison

Just watched this film. What a fascinating history lesson and I have seen some of the remakes and documentaries about the 'Jazz Age'. This film is an interesting look at what happened during the jazz period. It is just a fascinating glimpse into a very interesting period in American history. While we have all heard about the jazz era and all of the musicians that were involved, it was not until the early 1960's that we had any evidence that jazz was really 'coming of age'. I was very impressed with the wonderful music and the fact that there were so many people that made an impact in the industry. Everyone is talking about the bands that were formed during this period, but what we do not hear about is that the bands that formed during this time period were just as important and had much more impact than the bands that formed during the later period. I am surprised that most people do not know about this, and I would love to see this film released on DVD and view it again. I would highly recommend this film to anyone who enjoys jazz history and would like to know more about the people that made it so popular. If you are a jazz fan and like to know more about the music and the history of the period, I would definitely recommend you to see this film. It would be a nice way to gain more knowledge about the times in history. I also would like to see a couple of interviews from the jazz musicians that made this music, and hear how they felt about the period that they were born in. I loved this film, and I am glad that I had the opportunity to see it.

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Jacqueline Shaw

This is a great documentary about the true story of the young heartthrobs. From a young age I was fascinated with Robbie Robertson, he was an incredible talent. At this point in my life he was probably the biggest talent in the country, and to me he was the ultimate rock star. The real story of The Band is a little bit different, but the same type of story. The band was a secret group of rockers who were for years the hottest band in America. They were so popular that their managers actually paid for their own cocaine to get them started. They had a lot of success until the late 80s. They started getting tired of the fame and the money they were making and started to find other ways of making money. One of their ways was to rob banks. The band became addicted to the drug, and soon they were robbing banks just to keep up the image they were the biggest band in the country. The real story behind the band is a little bit more interesting than the documentary made it seem like there was nothing to this story. The band had issues with drugs and people, but it is something that happened to them, it was not that Robbie Robertson was the one, there were other people in the band that were doing it too. He was just a little guy with a little talent. I highly recommend this movie if you are into rock, or just a person who likes the music. It is a must-see.

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Michelle Murphy

First of all, I have never seen an interview with Robbie Robertson before, but I think it's really worth watching, because it really helps to understand and appreciate his music. The band The Band was one of the most influential bands of the last decades, because of their music and for the style of their music. The band is based in England, and have been performing their music for 20 years. Their music is a mix of a bit of pop, rock and country, and a lot of references to other musical genres. The band is totally based in England, and they all sing, or play the instruments, in the same accent, so they all sound like the same people. There is also a lot of footage from their concerts, in which they have played their music. I think this documentary really helps us to understand their music, because the band is a mixture of so many musical genres, and so many styles and styles in a way that makes their music so diverse. But even though the band is based in England, they still feel very much like the American band. It seems to me that they are a mix of everything, from classic rock to country, to blues, to pop, to indie, and even to country rock. And they really have a style of their own, that I really respect and appreciate. They are a band that are actually very close to the idea of classic rock and pop. And I have to say that they were so great in that style. The band The Band, also was very influential for some bands that are now, and are still, famous. I think that they are the first band that ever made that type of music. I think that they were one of the most influential bands. And even though they are based in England, they still sound like American bands, in that the music is still very much influenced by American music, even though the band was American. So even though I have never seen an interview with Robbie Robertson before, I feel like I have to talk about his music. His music is very influential, because of the way that it was written and produced, and also the way that the band was. They are a mix of rock and country. I think that Robbie Robertson was a very good singer, and he was also a great bassist. And he had a great voice, and even though he had not a great voice, he had a great voice, which was very well-suited for the music he was making. His songs are very popular, and even though they are not popular anymore, they are still really popular, because they are original and they are very popular, and they are very funny, and they are also very musical. The music and the style of his music is very great. I really like that his music is popular, and that it is very musical, because that is what rock and country music is, and it was really popular for so many years. If you have seen a lot of rock and country bands, you will notice that the music has a very musical style. They are very musical, and because of that, the band The Band have also a lot of influence in the music, and it also made them famous. This documentary is not only about the band, but also about the music that they

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Catherine P.

This documentary follows Robbie Robertson and The Band as they record their first album, "Were Brothers". They are in the studio working on the album, but they are also recording their second album, "The Band". The documentary is mostly from the perspective of the band, but it does have interviews with Robbie and his wife, and a few people that knew him from his early days. It is an interesting look at a band that was so popular at the time, and how they managed to stay together. The documentary also shows how they dealt with the pressures of fame, and how they managed to make it through the music business.

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Betty Estrada

I feel that this is a very good film for those who know about the subject, and also for those who don't. The story is well told, and the film is moving and inspirational. The problem I had with this film was the cover, which was not only misleading, but also misleading in its portrayals of the main subject. The film was titled "A Family" and it did not show what it is about. The band was Robbie Robertson, and The Band was none other than Led Zeppelin. If you are looking for an informative documentary on the topic of love, then this is the film for you. I have seen this film twice now, and it is a must see for anyone interested in the topic of a family and how love is truly a powerful force. However, for those who have already seen this film, the cover is misleading.

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Charles

A great documentary that has a great message. The stories of how the band came together, and how they all went on to make the greatest music of all time is great. Robbie Robertson, Bill Ward and the rest of the band are great. The documentary also shows how Robbie Robertson's struggles with addiction and depression helped to create The Band. It's great to see how The Band became a huge success, and how the band's success helped to start a new era of music.

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Stephanie W.

I first saw Robbie Robertson in a movie called 'Chinatown' when I was about 12 years old. I don't remember the name of the movie but I remember how amazing it was. It was absolutely incredible how this movie put you in someone's shoes and helped you understand the life of a person. I didn't know anything about anything and I felt like I had met a person and found out a lot of things about them. Now, I have been to the movie theater twice and I've been to it in different states. The second time I was in Houston Texas and the first time I was in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania. I really can't think of a better way to watch this movie. It is so fun to watch because it is so different than the real world. This movie brings you in the mind of a person who just wants to be happy and live a good life. It shows you the things in life that most people don't know about but you should. It is the story of a man named Frank in his search for himself and how he made friends with someone who really understood him. The movie is a true story of how a man finds the path to find his true self and it really makes you feel so good. I also liked the story of how Frank was never accepted by his family and his parents were also very strict in their beliefs and ideas. They wanted to be right and the stories they told him were very important. This movie was very touching and very moving. It also helped me to see how people are different and how everyone thinks differently. It was also fun to see how much time and money people spend on things like getting married and moving to a new place. In all, it was very amazing and I recommend it to anyone who wants to be a better person. Also, I can't say enough about how beautiful the movie is! It's really something. 8/10

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Ryan G.

This is a very well made documentary. It does not deserve a 6.9 rating at the IMDb. They could have mentioned any of the three leads in this documentary, but that would have been unfair. They would have spoiled the story and make it boring. Robbie Robertson, Peter Gabriel and Eric Clapton deserve a lot of credit for the performances they gave. This documentary is very good and is a must see.

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Sarah Garcia

I'm a huge fan of Robbie Robertson and The Band. I was very disappointed to see that the band had been disbanded and it was only announced in late 2008. I was also disappointed that the band had been disbanded but I was so excited to see the documentary. The Band was a band that had been around for almost 30 years and it's very hard to believe that they are now in their late 40's. I was very disappointed that the documentary was only released in 2012 but I'm very happy that it was released. It was a very interesting documentary and I would recommend that you see it.

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Karen

As a teenager I had my fair share of acid trip crazes. I don't think that there's anything inherently wrong with that. But that's not what this documentary is about. For me, it's just about a man who thinks he's channeling The Beatles on stage. Yeah, it's fun to see the man's journey, but what is that really all about? This documentary is mostly about the man, rather than the music. You can't go wrong with that. It's fascinating to watch how he tries to convince the world that he's not part of The Beatles. There's no doubt that The Beatles are a legendary group of musicians. They've sold millions of records worldwide. But, the man is trying to get it on the record, and win the respect of his fellow band members. You can tell by the way he talks and acts that he's a crazy person. But I don't think that's what the documentary is about. This is more about how The Beatles have influenced the younger generation. It's really funny to see how they try to win the respect of The Band, who clearly aren't into this whole crazy idea. But they all do have the feeling that he's not part of The Beatles. So that's the story of Robbie Robertson, who is also a legend in his own right.

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Nathan

This movie is the real deal. Robbie Robertson (the singer) and The Band are as true as they get. So, I wanted to go see the movie because they had good things to say. I was in for a very different movie, and I left the theater not sure what I had seen. The main thing that I got out of this movie was Robbie Robertson. The guy really just rocks. The movie does a good job explaining the genesis of the band, and the band. It also takes a look at the band from a younger point of view, so it is really good for a young audience. I would definitely recommend seeing this movie. For the fans of The Band, the movie is a MUST!

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Howard S.

This documentary is in a different category from the others. It's an intimate look into the mind of one of the greatest rock & roll band ever. One that's never really had a full roster of songs but has always had a definite lead guitarist to play the songs. How would they do it? How could they do it? They have all the tricks. In this doc you will see how each of the band members came to be: Robbie Robertson and The Band (his brother) "I want my dad to know about me and when you guys don't come back to us and I die, you know, we know that I didn't come to your house." (Robbie Robertson) When The Band played in America, a lot of people think that he was just an instrument player and a one-hit wonder. This doc shows the guy that is actually a real musical genius. One of the best musicians ever and a real force to be reckoned with. How he got that way is fascinating. There is also great interviews with other members of The Band and their managers, the people that recruited them to do this doc. Some of the songs that Robbie played are really good, like "My Way" and "The End" as well as others like "Someday". How did The Band get that way? There are some great facts on the band that would make anyone go "Wow!" Like how Robbie started out as a guitar player and then started to play drums when he was 10 and played all his own solos. Or how he ended up with all the songs that The Band have played over the years. It also shows how the band was able to keep the same members and even through the time he was an executive for the company and was a famous face. Then there is also great interviews with other band members like Paul Weller, Tom Morello, Jerry Cantrell, Curtis Stigers, Slash, Ronnie Vannucci, and even the band themselves. They give us a little bit of behind the scenes of what happened on this tour when things started going south. You also see the different people that were in the band and the personalities that formed. The biggest thing that I liked about this doc was that I really got to know some of the people in the band. From the people who were there when Robbie and The Band first started to the band members that became bigger and better. They really showed us what it was like to be a band member and what it was like to be a band member. It showed a lot of things that were really sad to see, like when Robbie went out on tour with no money and had to stop doing music. This doc really shows you the ups and downs of the band. I really liked it because it really put the band members into the situations that they were in. They talked about how they felt and what they were going through. It's an inside look of the band and how it all happened. It showed how many different people became involved in the band. There are interviews with everyone from the band members, the managers, the people that Robbie hung out with, his brothers, his wife and his sister and even his kids. I also liked the fact that they also showed the old clips of The Band in their playing. In the clip

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Angela Andrews

With a title like that, and without ever mentioning the band, it's no surprise that "Behind The Mask: The Rise Of KISS" is a documentary. And with every single minute of it, the subject matter of the band's association with their "knee-slapper" image comes to the fore. Yet, despite the morbid fascination of the subject matter, the film does not go into much depth into the past, present or future of the band. Instead, the focus is solely on their "Lavender" side, and how they managed to make it into a successful band. The information presented in the documentary is based on interviews with members of the band, interviews with fellow band members, music industry insiders and even on the band's own history. The documentary does a good job at sharing the various facets of their group's life, and provides a lot of facts and figures. Unfortunately, it fails to present much of the past or the present. However, this is not a bad thing. All in all, "Behind The Mask: The Rise Of KISS" is a solid documentary that brings you a lot of information about a band that changed the way rock and roll was played. As long as you know what to expect, you'll probably enjoy it.

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Austin R.

I believe Robbie Robertson was the first African-American rock star. His rise and fall was interesting to see. The movie is worth seeing. It covers his early days in N.Y.C. where he worked in a record store and then went to New Orleans to play in a band called The Blood Brothers. They went on to tour with The Ramones and the Strokes. It shows the band's self-destructive life. There's a lot of footage of his home in NYC and the band's studio and rehearsals. The band's members were also interviewed which showed how the band members felt about each other and the other band members. At the end of the movie, the band members talk about how they were all self-destructing but it was always worth it. I believe the band was in a great place with the success of the album but some people could see their darker side. They wanted to get back to the band roots.

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Jose W.

This is a very good documentary about the life of Robbie Robertson, a rock star who died at the age of 19. The documentary follows the band he formed with his friend, The Band, and their success. It's a very good documentary about a very interesting man.

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Timothy Rodriguez

This documentary is a great one to watch. I think it is one of the best documentaries I have ever seen. The interviews with the band members and their manager are great and it shows you the real side of the band. The interviews are great and you really feel for the band members. You really feel for the people involved in the band. It's a great documentary and I recommend it to everyone.