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Standing In the Shadows of Motown

  PG HD Closed Captioning

Paul Justman

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Plot Summary

Detroit, Michigan, 1959. Berry Gordy gathered the best musicians from the city's thriving jazz and blues scene for his new record company: Motown. They called themselves the Funk Brothers, and they were the greatest hit machine in the history of popular music. This is their story.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 90
  • Fresh: 83
  • Rotten: 7
  • Average Rating: 7.5/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: The movie lets us realize this Sound, still so alive and vibrant today, was created by flesh-and-blood people, each of whom has a compelling story to tell. – Steven Rosen, Denver Post, Jun 24, 2010

Fresh: There have been better documentaries to come out this year, but none can touch this one for unadulterated pleasure. – Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel, Jun 24, 2010

Fresh: I promise, you'll never listen to a Motown classic in the same way ever again. – Eleanor Ringel Gillespie, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Jun 24, 2010

Fresh: The sheer joy and pride they took in their work -- and in each other -- shines through every frame. – Matt Weitz, Dallas Morning News, Jun 24, 2010

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Customer Reviews

Fabulous Documentary!

This is an amazing documentary. It tells about a group that most people have never even heard of, but they should. Very accessible to both music aficianados and novices alike. "Standing in the Shadows of Motown" is a bittersweet story that is told with a brilliant balance of heartache, joy, passion and love, with great music throughout. A must see!

Perhaps my favorite documentary ever

This movie is a must for any music lover. I guarantee that it will truly move you. If you're a musician of popular music today, these guys had a very real impact on your career. They defined an entire age of music and changed the course of popular music history. It's a backdoor into one of the most prolific studios of all time. Extremely well done, great music, great interviews, great stories by the artists. By the end, you feel embraced, brought into the secret circle by the hit masters themselves.

The Funk Bros

Great documentry, although all were remakes it was excellent music, I fell in love with Joan Osborne in this.

Standing In the Shadows of Motown
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  • $12.99
  • Genre: Music Documentaries
  • Released: 2002

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