• Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars (1983)

Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars

Release Date: January 1st, 1983

DVD Release Date: November 10th, 1998

PG |1 hr 31 min

Plot Summary

Documentarian D.A. Pennebaker focuses his lens on a 1973 concert by David Bowie, who performs under the moniker Ziggy Stardust with his glam-rock backing band, the Spiders From Mars. While some backstage footage of the theatrical singer-songwriter is featured, the majority of the film is devoted to the music played onstage, which includes hits, album cuts and covers of Rolling Stones and Velvet Underground songs. Bowie also shocks fans by announcing his intention to drop the Stardust persona.

Cast: David Bowie, Mick Ronson, Trevor Bolder, Mick Woodmansy, Angela Bowie, Ringo Starr

Director: D.A. Pennebaker

Genres: Documentary

Production Co: Mainman, Pennebaker Productions, Miramax Films

Distributors: 20th Century Fox

Keywords: Wife, Offbeat, Transformation, London, 1970s

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Ratings & Reviews

  • 75
    Jami BernardNew York Daily News

    A rare window into the apparatus and limitations of glam-rock. show more

  • 63
    Liam LaceyThe Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    Musically, it's a mixed bag -- The concert remains more of an historical curiosity than a must-see rock film. show more

  • 88
    Boston Globe

    It is Bowie's alter ego as the androgynous Martian rock star that remains, 30 years later, his most enduring artistic achievement. show more

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