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LEMMY: 49% Motherf**ker, 51% Son of a Bitch


Greg Olliver & Wes Orshoski

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Plot Summary

In LEMMY, directors Greg Olliver and Wes Orshoski explore the amazing life and career of heavy metal pioneer and cultural icon Lemmy Kilmister, the life force behind the enduring, influential band Motörhead. Over more than four decades, the booze- and drug-fueled, raspy-voiced Kilmister's career has intersected with many of the touchstone moments in rock: He saw the Beatles at the Cavern Club, he served as a roadie for Jimi Hendrix, he mentored Sid Vicious and played in both Merseybeat and psychedelic rock bands before fusing punk and metal and thus providing the inspiration for thrash metal with Motörhead. Along the way,he forever inspired the likes of Dave Grohl, Slash and Metallica, all of whom appear in LEMMY, alongside Ozzy Osbourne, Alice Cooper and more. Over three years, Olliver and Orshoski, followed the restless road warrior from his cluttered Hollywood apartment to the hockey arenas of Europe. Through catching Kilmister in quiet, revealing nmoments at home, during jam sessions with Dave Grohl, or as the rock hero test drives a WWII tank, they reveal a man who is more complex, philosophical and funny than most would expect. Artists from across the musical spectrum, including Joan Jett, The Clash's Mick Jones, Joy Division/New Order's Peter Hook and Pulp's Jarvis Cocker, join fellow friends and admirers like actor/musician Billy Bob Thornton and professional wrestler Triple H to explain how and why Kilmister has established himself as the living embodiment of the rock and roll lifestyle and the last of a dying breed.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 15
  • Fresh: 13
  • Rotten: 2
  • Average Rating: 7.1/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: A diverting if hagiographic documentary with an unprintable subtitle. – Andy Webster, New York Times, Jan 20, 2011

Fresh: Fun for fans and a healthy primer for those previously unaware, the film's overall air of fawning worship makes it feel softer than befits such a gruff, roguish figure. – Mark Olsen, Los Angeles Times, Jan 20, 2011

Fresh: Lemmy gives the filmmakers enough time and candid access to create a profile of the man that goes deeper than just the sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll - even though in Lemmy's case, there's enough of a surplus of all three to power multiple documentaries. – Ian Buckwalter, NPR, Jan 14, 2011

Fresh: This parade of admiration is almost as exhausting as the experience of a Motorhead concert – Liam Lacey, Globe and Mail, Feb 18, 2011

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Customer Reviews

It IS great!!!!

I co-directed this film and agree with the other reviewers that it IS great! 5 stars!!! You're a fool if you don't buy it now!!! Lemmy rocks!!!!!!!


Excellent! Lemmy is the true definition of Rock 'n Roll and this movie shows it beautifully. A true legend of immense proportions. Highly recommend it.

Legend on film

In this day and age when so-called rockers prance about stage talking about crap and making sure the hair gel doesn't get in their eyes, it's refreshing to see someone who truly walks the walk. If you want to see a movie about someone who's heart beats to the sound of a thumping bassline, then this movie is for you. If you don't, then bugger off. Great movie, great subject. Watch it and weep, Bieber.

LEMMY: 49% Motherf**ker, 51% Son of a Bitch
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