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This digital-video biopic uses the life of journalist, record mogul and club owner Tony Wilson to frame the story of the Manchester, England, music scene from the heyday of punk through the late-'80s "Madchester" era. Wilson (Steve Coogan) was an ambitious but frustrated local TV news reporter looking for a way to make his mark. After witnessing a life-changing concert by an unknown band known as the Sex Pistols, he persuades his station to televise one of their performances, and soon Manchester's punk groups are clamoring for him to manage them. As the founder of staunchly independent Factory Records, Wilson shepherded the careers of doomed post-punk combo Joy Division, synth-pop superstars New Order and hedonistic louts the Happy Mondays. Along the way, he helped bring rave culture to Britain under the aegis of the legendary Hacienda nightclub. 24 Hour Party People follows Wilson from his conversion to punk at a seminal Sex Pistols concert through the suicide of Joy Division singer Ian Curtis, the overwhelming success of New Order and the eventual dissolution of the Factory empire thanks to bad business decisions, underworld ties and the hedonistic excess of the Happy Mondays. Packed with an incredible soundtrack and a famous cast of characters, 24 Hour Party People is a sprawling, energetic, and humorous history of one of the most important periods in modern music.
Movie Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes
- Reviews Counted: 99
- Fresh: 85
- Rotten: 14
- Average Rating: 7.3/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Fresh: Its wit and sense of fun open it up to people with only a passing interest in the music and the era.
Fresh: How much you enjoy 24 Hour Party People, director Michael Winterbottom's raucous look at the Manchester, England music scene of the '80s, probably depends on your background.
Fresh: With enough verve and energy, if a not an absolute devotion to truth, to keep you dancing and thinking for days.
Fresh: Coogan, as the consummate overeducated, overly-erudite opinion leader, is spot-on perfect.
Don't waste your time renting this movie buy it now it is excellent
The Best Rockumentary Ever!
Well, sort of. It's a brilliant mix of rock lore re-enactments mixed with actual events interpreted by a truly brilliant cast. More importantly, it's a history lesson of the now legendary Manchester scene that runs the gamut from punk to post punk to the birth of the rave. Funny, salty, sweet and bitter all at once. If you were too young to be there or just wish you could relive it in a few hours, this is a real winner. I've seen it a hundred times already and will very likely see it a hundred more.
Excellent movie. Don't rent it, go buy it