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PG| 1 hr. 48 min.

Plot Summary
This documentary mixes performances, interviews and reenactments to celebrate the Funk Brothers, the 1960s soul hitmakers. As the musicians behind the Temptations, the Four Tops and others, the "brothers" were hugely successful, yet relatively anonymous compared to the famous singers they backed. They get their due here, as Richard "Pistol" Allen, Benny "Papa Zita" Benjamin and bandmates discuss their Detroit youth, studio sessions alongside Marvin Gaye and nonstop touring.

Cast: Richard "Pistol" Allen , Jack Ashford , Bob Babbitt , Benny "Papa Zita" Benjamin , Eddie "Bongo" Brown , Bootsy Collins , Johnny Griffith , Ben Harper

Director: Paul Justman

Genres: Documentary

Distributor: Artisan Entertainment

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Release Date: November 15th, 2002|1 hr. 48 min.

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  • 75
    San Francisco Chronicle

    Catches magic on the screen -- a behind-the-curtain peek at some of the world's best-loved music, straight from the cats who made it happen. show more

  • 90
    Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal

    A glorious feature-length documentary -- This film will leave an indentment, and a deep one, on anyone who loves great, joyous music and cares about the people who make it. show more

  • 75
    Carrie Rickey Philadelphia Inquirer

    Ain't no mountain high enough to keep the Funk Brothers from getting to you. show more

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