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Badfinger (Spec)
Actors: Tom Evans, Mike Gibbins, Pete Ham, Joey Molland
Director: Gary J. Katz
Genres: Music Video & Concerts, Musicals & Performing Arts, Documentary
NR     1997     1hr 24min

The tragically brief career of '70s British pop group Badfinger is a story of a chaotic band in need of structure. As a rockumentary, Badfinger is an equally unfocused affair desperately in need of historical context an...  more »


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Actors: Tom Evans, Mike Gibbins, Pete Ham, Joey Molland
Director: Gary J. Katz
Genres: Music Video & Concerts, Musicals & Performing Arts, Documentary
Sub-Genres: Concerts, Pop, Rock & Roll, Documentary, Biography
Format: DVD - Color
DVD Release Date: 12/17/1997
Theatrical Release Date: 01/01/1996
Release Year: 1997
Run Time: 1hr 24min
Screens: Color
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 9
Edition: Special Edition
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English

Movie Reviews

Badfinger is a sad, moving, frightening, exciting film...
Leslie Karen Rigsbey | WOOD RIVER, IL USA | 12/16/2003
(3 out of 5 stars)

"This documentary on my favorite band doesn't quite capture the right atmosphere that it needs, and that is the least of its problems. There should be more live video performances, lip-synched or not, "Without You", "Day After Day", "Rock of All Ages", "Midnight Caller", "Name of the Game", and especially "Carry on 'Til Tomorrow" (there are others I could list) should all have been included here-fans want that stuff! It is very sad and unfortunate about Pete Ham and Tom Evans' suicidal decisions to hang themselves, but if you read Motavina's 'Without You' book you'll see there was a lot more to their problems than having no money. Why does this band always get the shaft? No one can seem to get out a simple sentence about them without mentioning the Beatles (that's the real tragedy). This band had a life of its own, and even though the interviews are awkward and the film is just one more reel away from disappointing its audience, it represents some rare footage of the group and a heartfelt discussion of their outcome. They deserved a better (and longer) movie tribute, but this movie is the only salvation for fans who can't yet let it be."
Badfinger - A Tragic Story
Vincent Scarpitti | USA | 11/27/1999
(4 out of 5 stars)

"Badfinger's documentary is a gem. Although it's not made to the same quality standards as, say for instance the Beatles Anthology, it contains many rare clips and some incredible insight into one of Rock's most tragic stories. Pete Ham, Tommy Evans, Joey Molland, and Mike Gibbins were one of the finest Pop bands of their era. Bands of lesser talent have certainly walked away with far more from the music industry, and this video tells the story. With extensive interviews with Joey Molland, his lovely wife Kathie, and Mike Gibbins, you feel as if you're getting the inside scoop on the real story. Interviews are done in comfortable home settings and alternate with some wonderful clips of the band playing. The video documentary gives you a real feeling of disgust for the band's American business manager Stan Polley, and makes you wonder why one or more of Badfinger's powerful friends (namely members of the Fab Four) didn't come forward and help the guys when it was obvious they were being ripped off. Primary songwriter Pete Ham tragically commit suicide in 1975 over his realization that his was robbed blind until he was penniless, and after 8 years of dealing with this, Tommy Evans ended his own life the same way (in his backyard - in shouting distance from the garage where his partner hung himself.) The video is well put together, and the interviews are both facinating and complete. I'd recommend it to anyone, and feel totally grateful that it was even made in the first place. Thank you Mr. Katz. Your film has left me with the feeling that someone needs to be held accountable for the Badfinger tragedy. Long live their awesome legacy of gorgeous music."
Badfinger's "Anthology"
The Man On The Flaming Pie | The Foothills of the Headlands | 12/21/2003
(4 out of 5 stars)

"The terms which this movie is billed as, "emotionally gripping" & "riveting," may be overselling a little, as the story is quite enjoyable up until the unpleasentness discussed in the last 10 or 20 minutes. The first thing you may notice is that the story is unnarrated and told via interview footage in the style of the Beatles Anthology. However, seeing as how there is not an endless supply of photographs & video footage of Badfinger like there is for the Beatles, this creates a problem of seeing the same pictures a few too many times throughout the video. (For instance, a black & white photograph of evil manager Stan Polley is shown at every mention of his name, which gets a little irritating.) The only other real problem is that, because of the lack of narration, you pretty much have to already know the basic gist of Badfinger's story to know what's going on.
The interview portions with Joey Molland & Mike Gibbins are pretty good. Entirely unprofessional, but at least they're not phony. Mike can be a little long-winded, but it's all right because you learn a few minor facts that you might not have already known.
What this collection is most valuable for, however, is the live performances. Before buying this, I was under the impression that the performances were all lip-synced (the album version plays as it shows the band performing "live"). That turned out to not be the case, save for two performances at the beginning. You get to hear Badfinger's biggest hits played live in footage taken from TV shows: "Come & Get It," "No Matter What," and "Baby Blue," as well as a rocked-up version of "Suitcase" where Pete Ham's lead & slide guitar sound awesome. The performances are all complete and without any annoying voice-over interruptions.
If you already know all there is to know about Badfinger, you won't find too much of interest here, but for anyone else who is a fan of their Apple days' music and wants to know a little bit about this band, I give this tape my full recommendation."
Video offers rare chance to see Badfinger performances
Leslie Karen Rigsbey | 11/04/1999
(4 out of 5 stars)

"As a video documentary of the band Badfinger, this video is invaluable becuase it is the only one to date. It offers a rare chance to see Badfinger performing all of their hit songs, and tells the story of their rise to fame and tragic demise at the hands of the unscrupulous record industry. Interviews with surviving members Joey Molland and Mike Gibbons are interesting, although a bit too plentiful. On the downside, Pete Ham and Tommy Evans were the main contributors to the band, and it would have been nice to see some interview footage of them. Joey Molland seems to want to rewrite the band's history to increase his importance, and his wife's comments served no purpose at all and should have been left on the editing room floor. It would have been nice to have had a little more on later Badfinger, especially the death of Tom Evans. Defininely worth watching, but could have been better."