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About the Movie
If not for the assassination of Robert F. Kennedy, it might never have happened, but the gunshots that rang out in the Ambassador Hotel kitchen in June of 1968 started a music revolution. Sample This chronicles the story of the unexpectedly brilliant musical collaboration that led to the birth of the Incredible Bongo Band's famous “Apache,” an album widely revered as the national anthem of hip hop and one of the most influential recordings in history.
Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews
- Reviews Counted: 14
- Fresh: 13
- Rotten: 1
- Average Rating: 7.1/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Fresh: With their love of their craft and their respect for other talents, these bighearted musicians make for a warmly gratifying film to watch.
Fresh: This improbably fascinating documentary will be manna from heaven to pop culture devotees.
Fresh: The music is incredible, and through interviews with Rosey Grier, Afrika Bambaataa, Questlove, and a squadron of old-school studio musicians, director Dan Forrer unearths some of the hidden history of American pop.
Fresh: The movie provides a vivid sense of the period, as well as an intriguing backstage look at the making of improbable pop classics.
A REAL JEWEL
I saw Sample This in Times Square last week and bar none, it's one of the best documentary films I've seen in a while; and that's coming from a recognized Hip-Hop historian who watches a copius amount of documentaries. The film is smart and totally engaging and a real jewel in Hip-Hop's musical crown. It was especially great seeing this flick with my man and Hip-Hop legend, BreakBeat Lou, as he provided some great commentary on a number of key musical scenes.
Props to Dan Dan Forrer for such an important and amazing piece of work. Sample This is well on its way to becoming a bonafide cult classic.
Outstanding slice-of-life film
Was lucky enough to watch this gem of a movie at a private screening attended by some of the awesome studio musicians that actually played on "Apache" - the film really takes you back to the roots of hip-hop and beyond, from the back-room business shenanigans of the 70's music biz hucksters all the way to 1520 Sedgewick Ave., by way of conspiracies, murder, sex, and music, music, music…. you gotta Sample This!
I watched it this weekend in the theatre in NY. Even if you aren't into hip hop music its a great film, definitely worth the rental. Gene Simmons was wonderful as the narrator and it was interesting to hear from the studio musicians, they had a line where they said, 'we are the people you hear about but never see' and its quite true. If you have time check it out.