Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars - The Motion Picture

Released 1983


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Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars is the last performance of David Bowie to feature his alter ego, Ziggy Stardust. This show is taped from the live performance in 1973 at London's Hammersmith Odeon Theater. Classic Bowie songs are featured such as, "Wild Eyed Boy from Freecloud," "All the Young Dudes," "Space Oddity," and others. David Bowie invented the androgynous, science fiction character, and had done numerous performances featuring him. This concert was the last of 60 live shows featuring, Ziggy Stardust. The concert also includes numbers with Mick Jagger and Keith Richards of The Rolling Stones, as well as Ringo Starr from the Beatles. David Bowie made the announcement that evening that he was leaving Glam Rock behind. Bowie also performs with Mick Jagger in songs such as, "Let's Spend the Night Together." The film also includes David Bowie's famous farewell speech which London's newspapers mistook as his farewell speech to music.

Metacritic Score

  • 90

    Los Angeles Times Kevin Thomas

    An excellent example of its genre, with Pennebaker capturing the excitement of what was a very special, emotion-charged occasion.

  • 60

    Washington Post

    For the first time in 30 years, Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars appear on the movie screen as Pennebaker intended. It's almost worth the wait.

  • 50

    The New York Times Dave Kehr

    It is billed as a "restored version," though the sound is still fuzzy and the image only occasionally rises to the level of murk.

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