Dubbed ‘the black Beatles’ by the British tabloids, the ‘other’ four lads from Liverpool recount their incredible story from the tough streets of Toxteth to the bright lights of New York – a journey of international stardom as Britain’s pioneering million-selling soul and funk band.
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In a tiny Alabama town with the curious name of Muscle Shoals, something miraculous sprang from the mud of the Tennessee River. A group of unassuming, yet incredibly talented, locals came together and spawned some of the greatest music of all time: “Mustang Sally,” “I Never Loved a Man,” “Wild Horses,” and many more. During the most incendiary periods of racial hostility, white folks and black folks came together to create music that would last for generations and gave birth to the incomparable “Muscle Shoals sound.”
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During the Great Depression, identical twins are separated at birth. One, Drexel Hemsley becomes a wildly successful ’50s rock star, while the other, Ryan Wade, struggles to balance his passion for music and pleasing his parents, who want him to become a preacher. Finally, Ryan rebels against his parents’ wishes and launches his own music career — performing the hits of Drexel Hemsley. Ryan later learns the truth about Drexel when their fates tragically collide.
Jim “Lucky” Moore, an insurance salesman, comes up with a novel policy for his friend, Steve: a ‘love insurance policy’, that will pay out $1-million if Steve does not marry his fiancée, Cynthia. The upcoming marriage is jeopardized by Steve’s ex-girlfriend, Mickey, and Cynthia’s disapproving Aunt Kitty. The policy is underwritten by a nightclub owner, Roscoe, who sends two enforcers – Abbott and Costello – to ensure that the wedding occurs as planned.
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The history of Italian zombie cinema, beginning with the breakout worldwide influence and success of George Romero’s Night of the Living Dead and continuing through to Lucio Fulci’s trend-setting Zombie Flesh-Eaters (Zombi 2) and its many imitators.
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