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Steve Earle: Just an American Boy
Steve Earle Just an American Boy
Actors: Justin Earle, Steve Earle
Director: Amos Poe
Genres: Music Video & Concerts, Documentary
UR     2004     1hr 35min

Director Amos Poe followed renegade Texas singer/songwriter Steve Earle on his late 2002 tour of the U.S. and Canada, recording footage at two shows--one in Toronto and one in Bloomington, Indiana. The often outspoken Earl...  more »


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Actors: Justin Earle, Steve Earle
Director: Amos Poe
Creators: Abdul O'Toole, Amanda Phillips, Duke Johnson, Lindsey Tibbetts, Nick Tiger Poe, Rachel Morrison, Amanda Thillies, Carla Ruff, Paiman Kalayeh
Genres: Music Video & Concerts, Documentary
Sub-Genres: Pop, Rock & Roll, Biography
Studio: Artemis Records
Format: DVD - Color
DVD Release Date: 02/10/2004
Release Year: 2004
Run Time: 1hr 35min
Screens: Color
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 2
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Languages: English

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Movie Reviews

Not enough
Simon Crowe | Greenville, SC United States | 03/11/2004
(2 out of 5 stars)

"I'm a great fan of Steve Earle, the outspoken activist/musician and the subject of this documentary. I had read a recent biography of him, so I was somewhat familiar with his life, music, and politics, and was looking forward to learning more when I put this DVD in.
JUST AN AMERICAN BOY contains some terrific musical performances, but sadly it leaves Earle himself unknowable. The 2002 tour, the film's primary setting, occurred during the firestom over "John Walker's Blues", a song on Earle's JERSUALEM album widely misunderstood as being pro-Taliban. There are a lot of issues to discuss here, yet Earle is heard to say little on the subject in the film, and we just get some recycled news clips for context. Footage from a court-ordered concert at a prison comes late and out of chronological order in the film, and little is said about Earle's overcoming some whopping addictions earlier in his life. In one bizarre scene, Earlr recounts a story of being arrested while carrying a gun which accidentally discharges to a woman who laughs uproariously and inappropriately. Also, I would have liked more on Earle's musical roots, there's only a brief mention of the iconoclastic singer-writers who nurtured Earle, like Townes Van Zandt.
Overall, a disappointing film about a fascinating man."
Unbelievably bad!!!!!
Phil Willett | Vancouver, British Columbia | 03/05/2004
(1 out of 5 stars)

"When I first read the review of this documentary I thought,"Wow! I have to buy this". WHAT A MISTAKE!!!
This is by far the worst piece of crap I've ever purchased. The "film-making" was absolutely horrible...Shaky, amateurish edits done with what looks like a cheap, home video camera. It literally looks like someones 12 year old kid put this together. But even if you can stomach the amateurish production, the bad story telling cannot be overlooked. The film-makers seemed to lose focus after the first 10 minutes of so....Very little meaningful insight into the man behind the music. All in all...a horrible document of a great musical talent."
Sad, really sad...
traveler | USA | 08/30/2004
(1 out of 5 stars)

"... and there was such great potential here but none of it was realized. Poor sound, poor camera work and way to much of Steve just jabbering on. Where there was finally some music as often as not there was taking over it too. I watched it once and sold it. If you want a lesson in Steve's politics, this is for you. If you want music, forget it.

Could have been so great
Lee Rude | Minneapolis, MN | 12/29/2006
(2 out of 5 stars)

"I love Steve Earle, and was really interested in a backstage look at his politics and tour. Unfortunately, this DVD doesn't feel cohesive or complete. And -- although I've heard Steve Earle is quite a character -- I thought the film was fairly dull. Some great footage though, especialy the bluegrass show."