Only the Strong Survive (2002)

PG-13   |    |  Documentary, Music

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A film featuring the veteran soul music artists and music of Stax Records.




  • Mary Wilson in Only the Strong Survive (2002)
  • Isaac Hayes in Only the Strong Survive (2002)
  • Rufus Thomas in Only the Strong Survive (2002)
  • Carla Thomas and Rufus Thomas in Only the Strong Survive (2002)
  • Mary Wilson in Only the Strong Survive (2002)
  • Jerry Butler in Only the Strong Survive (2002)

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14 June 2020 | boblipton
| As Strong As Ever
Old bluesmen, unlike old soldiers, do not fade away. They keep on performing, as long as anyone wants to listen, and even afterwards. D.A. Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus meet up with veteran Motown musicians, talk with them, and record some of their performances.

Sometimes I can't comment usefully on a movie because it is so alien to me. Since I was going through adolescence at Motown's peak, it's just the opposite; I can't comment usefully because these are the songs and performers at a time when I was figuring out who I was, and so I am hopelessly biased in favor of them. Their performances seem just as strong as they ever did, and their time in the spotlight seems even more joyous than ever before.

But how grey and old they've gotten!

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Release Date:

15 August 2003



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Opening Weekend USA:

$22,035 11 May 2003

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