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    The Last Dragon

    The Last Dragon

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    Released 1985
    The action takes place in New York City, where young Leroy Green dreams of becoming a martial artist master. Leroy's goal is to reach "The Final Level," allowing him to possess "The Glow". "The Glow" is a mystical energy that transforms any ordinary fighter into the most powerful martial artist alive. But first, Leroy must contend with the bad guys. Eddie Arkadian, a corrupt arcade mogul who threatens the life of Leroy's true love Laura Charles. Even more nefarious is the villainous Sho'nuff, the Shogun of Harlem who will stop at nothing to destroy Leroy and prove himself the ultimate master.moreless
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    Tommy

    Tommy

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    Released 1975
    Tommy is a musical from 1975 directed by Ken Russell and based on The Who's 1969 album of the same name. As a young child, Tommy Walker (Barry Winch and later Roger Daltrey) witnesses his mother's boyfriend killing Tommy's lost father (Robert Powell). His mother, Nora Walker (Ann-Margret) worries that the authorities will find out, and she tells Tommy that he didn't see or hear anything and that he cannot tell anyone what happened. This traumatic experience causes Tommy to retreat into his own mind; to the outside world he appears to be deaf, dumb, and blind. Although his mother attempts to cure Tommy by sending him to a religious cult run by The Preacher (Eric Clapton) and The Acid Queen (Tina Turner), a LSD selling prostitute, she mostly ignores his existence. She often leaves him in the care of his abusive Cousin Kevin (Paul Nicholas) and Uncle Ernie (Keith Moon). Retreating from his family life, Tommy finds himself in a junkyard and beings playing a pinball machine. Showing incredible skill, he begins a rise to fame by defeating the local pinball champion (Elton John). When a specialist (Jack Nicholson) tells Nora that Tommy's problems are only psychosomatic, she panics and violently throws Tommy into a mirror, awakening Tommy from his slumber. Tommy begins to share his self-awareness with the world, lecturing and preaching to anyone who will listen. Has Tommy really learned anything throughout his difficult childhood, or is his self-awareness misleading? Tommy is one of the first rock operas to make it's way to the big screen and, unlike The Who's album, the soundtrack to the film version of Tommy is sung by the various actors themselves. The Who's other rock opera, 1973's Quadrophenia, was also adapted into a film in 1979.moreless
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    Hair

    Hair

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    Released 1979
    Hair is the 1979 film adaptation of the wildly popular Broadway musical about the 1960s counterculture. Claude (John Savage), a reserved young man from Oklahoma, meets a carefree group of hippies in New York's Central Park led by the politically fervent, Berger (Treat Williams). Although Claude was going to enlist in the Army, Bergen convinces him that the free love lifestyle and protest marches are a better alternative. Claude falls in love with Sheila (Beverly D'Angelo), a society girl who has joined "the tribe." The story segues through the trademark conflicts of the era, race relations, long-haired hippies and resistance to the Vietnam War. The familiar songs like "Age of Aquarius" and "Frank Mills" resonate against the New York City landmarks, with beautifully realized choreography by Twyla Tharp. Directed by the Oscar-winning director Milos Forman ("One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest"), the film faithfully captures the beloved music and free-spirit of the Gerome Ragni and James Rado original.moreless
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    Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

    Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

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    Released 1968
    Chitty Chitty Bang Bang is a 1968 children's musical film set in England during the 1910s. Caractacus Potts (Dick Van Dyke) is an eccentric inventor who lives with his two children, Jeremy (Adrian Hall) and Jemima (Heather Ripley), and his peculiar father (Lionel Jeffries). Caractacus meets Truly Scrumptious (Sally Ann Howes), a beautiful upper-class woman, when she brings the children home after she finds them skipping school. Truly is impressed with Caractacus' inventions, but when she lectures him on child-rearing, he quickly becomes offended. The children turn their father's attention to a wrecked Grand Prix motorcar that is about to be sold to the local junkman. Caractacus joins a song-and-dance act to raise the money for the car. He rebuilds the car and names it Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. Caractacus, the children and Truly begin an adventure of unexpected dangers with Chitty Chitty Bang Bang there to rescue them each time.moreless
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    The Producers

    The Producers

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    Released 2005
    The Producers is a comedy that is adapted from the Broadway musical of the same name. Both are based on an original 1968 film written and directed by Mel Brooks. Max Bialystock (Nathan Lane) is a terrible theater producer who funds his productions by seducing old ladies out of their money. One day, Leo Bloom (Matthew Broderick) enters Bialystock's office to begin work as his accountant. When Bloom lets it slip that a producer could make more money from a bomb than a hit, Bialystock is intrigued and asks him how. Bloom responds that if a producer knew a show would flop, he could raise far more money than needed and then pocket it once the show quickly ends. Greedily, the two men decide to find exactly such a play, settling on one called Springtime for Hitler. Though they expect the play to close the same night as it opens, both men are horrified when it becomes a surprise hit and they are forced to figure out what do about both their investors and an angry Nazi playwright who is now out for blood.moreless
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    Tender Mercies

    Tender Mercies

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    Released 1983
    Tender Mercies is a 1983 drama, written by Horton Foote, about a down-and-out country singer who turns his life around with the help of a small-town widow. The country singer, Mac (Robert Duvall), is seen waking up broke, hung-over and alone in a rundown hotel early in the film. With nowhere to go, Mac soon takes a job at the hotel with the kind help of the owner, widow Rosa Lee (Tess Harper). The experience helps him to clean up his destructive ways and he and Rosa soon marry after he is baptized at her request. Now with a clear mind, Mac briefly considers leaving his new family to return to country music. However, after a chance meeting with his estranged daughter (Ellen Barkin), Mac vows never to hurt those close to him ever again. The ghosts of his past force Mac to make a decision that could lead to a more redemptive future.moreless
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    Mr. Holland's Opus

    Mr. Holland's Opus

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    Released 1995
    Mr. Holland's Opus is a Capra-esque inspirational teacher film about Glenn Holland, played masterfully by Richard Dreyfuss (Jaws, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, American Graffiti, What About Bob?, The Goodbye Girl, Stand by Me, W, Piranha 3D, The Poseidon Adventure), whose dream is to write music. A young wife and the responsibility of a baby about to arrive make him seek a job as a music teacher. Soon, he is no longer paying the rent of an apartment, but considering a house because they no longer fit within such confined space. His dream to compose one piece that would achieve his dream to leave a legacy behind and make a difference in the music world. This is set aside as he takes on the role of mentor, husband, friend, father, teacher, counselor and the more involved he becomes in the dreams of his students, the further his dream appears to be.moreless
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    Cher: The Farewell Tour

    Cher: The Farewell Tour

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    Released 2003
    Cher: The Farewell Tour is a 2003 live recording that celebrates the musical talent and showmanship of one of the most well-known divas of the 20th century. Ever since her meteoric rise to fame with her former partner, Sonny Bono, Cher has won many prestigious awards for her music and acting work and enjoys a loyal fan base. Cher's larger-than-life stage persona is one of the qualities that turned her into a superstar. For Cher's final tour, the entire experience is captured in living, breathing color, so that every fan can relive the power of the diva's grand exit. The superstar covers a range of songs, from "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For" to "I Got You Babe" to "Believe." Her vibrant costume changes pay homage to Cher's history as a pop icon, acknowledging her many different looks over the years. Whether for a new fan or someone who has followed Cher from the very start, the farewell tour is a timeless tribute.moreless
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    Eric Burdon - The Animals and Beyond

    Eric Burdon - The Animals and Beyond

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    Released 2009
    This documentary takes an in-depth look at the life of musician Eric Burdon, lead singer of the Animals, and legendary rock recording artist. Through interviews with Burdon himself, as well as with colleagues such as former members of the Animals, the film also features rare original performance footage of Burdon on stage such as 'The House of the Rising Sun', 'It's my Life', 'Monterey' and much more.moreless
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    50 Cent: Refuse 2 Die

    50 Cent: Refuse 2 Die

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    Released 2005
    50 Cent: Refuse 2 Die is an unauthorized and independent documentary that attempts to tell the story of Curtis Jackson, a.k.a rapper 50 Cent. The documentary chronicles his life and the hardships he had to overcome to become the famous East Coast rapper he is now. He began in a life of crime and now is world famous as a celebrity rapper who still, somehow, has his street credibility. The documentary features interviews with close friends and family members (such as his grandmother) of 50 Cent as well as members of RUN-DMC and others (such as Treach and DJ Skribble) who guided his career and were influential to him. It features heavy use of rough animation to further tell Curtis's life story. It is narrated by someone called Leviticus Richardson who imitates 50 Cent's voice, trying to make the viewer believe it is actually the rapper while they watch this documentary.moreless
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    Pure Country

    Pure Country

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    Released 1992
    Pure Country is a 1992 drama starring George Strait and Lesley Ann Warren in a story about a country music superstar who gets fed up with his own big-budget arena shows and tries to go back to his country music roots by banging around in bars, playing guitars, and falling in love. Real-life country chart-topper George Strait plays Dusty Chandler, a hugely successful musician. In the middle of a tour, something inside Dusty snaps and he can no longer handle the lights, effects, and elaborate set design of his arena concerts. He feels he has strayed too far from pure country music. In an attempt to find himself, Dusty goes AWOL, heading back to his hometown and cutting his hair to avoid recognition. He assumes the name Wyatt and spends some time just living to remind himself where he comes from. Meanwhile, his manager, Lula (Lesley Ann Warren), is trying to keep his career from crashing and burning in his absence, as Dusty falls in love with a woman named Harley (Isabel Glasser) who has no idea who he really is. Pure Country is a riveting story full of great music about a country superstar trying to hold on to his small town roots on the big stage.moreless
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    The Boys and Girl from County Clare

    The Boys and Girl from County Clare

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    Released 2003
    The Boys and Girl from County Clare is a comedic look at the misadventures of two rival brothers, Jimmy (Colm Meaney) and John Joe (Bernard Hill), who travel to compete in an Irish music festival. Set in the 1960's, Jimmy and John Joe each bring their respective bands though many adventures on their way to competing in the All-Ireland Traditional Music Competition in County Clare. Along the way, relationships are challenged, including the budding romance between two young musicians, Anne (Andrea Corr) and Teddy (Shaun Evans), who are caught in the middle of the competitive brothers. With the upbeat charm of Irish music and the wit of Irish tempers, the two brothers delight the viewers with their sabotaging ways. As heartwarming as it is funny, the movie endears its watchers to examine what it means to be family, friends, and rivals. Directed by John Irvine and written by Nicholas Adams, this movie is sure to entertain.moreless
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    Iceman Cometh

    Iceman Cometh

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    Released 1960
    Iceman Cometh is acclaimed 1960 made for television adaptation of the classic Eugene O'Neil play of the same name, brought to the small screen by famed director Sidney Lumet (12 Angry Man, Network, Dog Day Afternoon) and starring one of the great actors of his generation. The story unfolds in a dingy urban bar, where the detritus of human society lounges lazily in their whisky glasses, eagerly awaiting the arrival of drinking buddy Hickey (Jason Robards, Once Upon a Time in the West). However, Hickey arrives as a changed man, the death of his wife having shocked him out of alcoholism and into a new chapter of life. He sets about persuading the other topers to quit living an alcoholic pipe-dream, but they are resistant to his efforts. Part I of the film starts off as the bar patrons boredly await Hickey's arrival, and Part II revolves around a moving 45-minute soliloquy from Hickey, in which he explains the singular circumstances of his marriage, and the death of his wife.moreless
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    The Five Heartbeats

    The Five Heartbeats

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    Released 1991
    The Five Heartbeats pays tribute to the African-American musical artists of the early 1960s, who withstood racial barriers, unscrupulous record companies and personal demons to find their way to stardom. Director Robert Townsend ("Hollywood Shuffle") wrote the script with Keenan Ivory Wayans ("Scary Movie') and based the plot on real-life experiences of groups like The Dells and The Temptations. As the five young men make their way from their low-income, urban existence to the hit-making heights of Hollywood, the story doesn't shy away from showing the ugly realities of brutal criminals, drug abuse and infighting between the singers as part of the music scene. The soundtrack, overseen by the renowned Rhythm & Blues musician Stanley Clarke, perfectly captures the pop sound of the era, as does the authentic costumes and production. The cast, including Townsend, Michael Wright ("Oz") and Diahann Carroll ("Claudine"), shines in both the musical and dramatic parts of story of ambition against the odds.moreless
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    There's No Business Like Show Business

    There's No Business Like Show Business

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    Released 1954
    There's No Business Like Show Business is a 1954 musical film directed by Walter Lang. Set in 1919, the film follows Terrance (Dan Dailey) and Molly (Ethel Merman) Donahue and their three children, Katy (Mitzi Gaynor), Steve (Johnnie Ray), and Tim (Donald O'Connor). Terry and Molly are a husband and wife vaudeville team known as The Donahues who struggle to be successful in their careers and with their family. As the children grow up, they try their hand at being The Five Donahues. Molly continually worries about the way their nomadic lifestyle will affect the children, though, and they go through a number of problems before they decide just to settle down with the children. The Depression affects the family also, and it's 1937 before The Five Donahues are working well. Katy focuses on dancing, Steve loves to sing, and Tim balances them both out. When Tim meets Victoria Hoffman (Marilyn Monroe), things start falling apart for the family once again.moreless
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    Songwriter

    Songwriter

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    Released 2010
    Songwriter is a 1984 music movie starring country western legend Willie Nelson in a story loosely based on his real life experiences as a songwriter trying to make a living in the music industry. Nelson plays Doc Jenkins, an aging country western composer responsible for several hit songs, but due to recording contracts and copyright laws isn't making much money. He makes a living on the road, but he's tired of moving constantly. He dreams of making the home he dreamed of with his ex-wife years ago, but he fears Honey (Melinda Dillon) won't take him back. The film follows Doc's journey as he tries to find a new place for himself in the music business, a place that will allow him to live a normal life. He begins managing other musicians like Blackie Buck (Kris Kristofferson) and Gilda (Lesley Ann Warren). Songwriter is a heartfelt tale of an artist's struggle to find a middle ground between his passion and his personal life.moreless
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    Chak De! India

    Chak De! India

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    Released 2007
    Chak De! India is a family drama film that centers around the sport of hockey. Kabir Khan (Shahrukh Khan) comes from a middle-class family and lives in Dehli, India with his widowed mother. He is captain of the Indian men's hockey team. He competes in the World Cup against Pakistan and everyone's rooting for team India to take home the trophy, but Kabir fails to score at the last tournament. His team has been defeated by Pakistan. He and his mother decide to move and he simply disappears for seven long years. He makes his return as coach of the women's hockey team, consisting of 16 players. He and his players bump heads as Kabir's coaching style is a bit too militant. He struggles to find what makes the team work and hopes to find a way to bring everyone together. Watch and see if Kabir and his players can ultimately work together in harmony.moreless
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    Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge

    Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge

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    Released 1995
    Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge, or The Big Hearted Will Take the Bride, is a 1995 Bollywood musical directed by Aditya Chopra. Raj Malhotra (Shahrukh Khan) is a wealthy young Indian man living in London who heads off on a vacation to Europe after failing out of college. Simran Singh (Kajol Mukherjee) is the working-class daughter of a London convenience store owner. When Raj is on a train during his vacation, he meets and falls in love with Simran, who is also going on a trip with her friends. Simran returns his affection, but her father insists that she marry arrogant Kuljeet (Parmeet Sethi), whom she has been betrothed to since birth. When Simran goes to Punjab and begins the wedding preparations, Raj travels after her to stop the arranged marriage and to get back the woman that he loves. The epic love story between Raj and Simran won the hearts of millions of viewers, making Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge one of the top-grossing Bollywood movies ever made.moreless
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    Justin Timberlake: FutureSex/LoveShow - Live from Madison Square Garden

    Justin Timberlake: FutureSex/LoveShow - Live from Madison Square Garden

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    Released 2007
    Justin Timberlake: FutureSex/LoveShow - Live from Madison Square Garden is the full live show, over two hours longs, from Madison Square Garden as seen on HBO!
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    Leonard Cohen: Live In London

    Leonard Cohen: Live In London

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    Released 2009
    Leonard Cohen's Live In London documents the singer-songwriter-musician-poet's historic concert recorded on July 17, 2008 at London's O2 Arena. Cited by Lou Reed as among the "highest and most influential echelon of songwriters', Cohen's return to live performance has received unanimous accolades.moreless
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