Who Is Harry Nilsson (And Why Is Everybody Talkin' About Him?)

Released 2006


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Who Is Harry Nilsson (And Why Is Everybody Talkin' About Him?) is a 2006 documentary about the singer songwriter Harry Nilsson directed by John Scheinfeld. The documentary looks at Harry Nilsson's rise to prominence in the world of singer-songwriters. After receiving a plastic ukulele as a gift, Nilsson would try and play popular songs. However, he had trouble remembering lyrics and melodies so he would just make up his own songs. In his early career, Nilsson worked with artists like Phil Spector, Little Richard, and The Monkees. Nilsson gained popularity through his career and won several Grammy Awards, but his demons got the best of him through substance abuse. The documentary features interviews with Nilsson's family and close friends including a star studded line up of people like Robin Williams, Yoko Ono, Eric Idle, and The Smothers Brothers.

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  • 80

    The New York Times A.O. Scott

    The point of it is not, in the end, to explain him or solve the mystery of his life, but rather to spend time in his company and understand why he is someone to be missed.

  • 70

    The Hollywood Reporter Michael Rechtshaffen

    It's a safe bet that exposure to the film should cause audiences to make room on their iPods for some serious downloading.

  • 50

    New York Daily News Joe Neumaier

    Director John Scheinfeld's film, utilizing interviews with friends and collaborators, hits a high note on Nilsson's friendship with Ringo Starr and his fear of stage performance.

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Arts, Comedy, Documentary, Drama, Music


Historical, Biography