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The Union (2012)

The Union

Overview


Genre

Documentary, Music

Release Date

February 02, 2012 (TV Premiere)

MPAA Rating

R

Duration

90 min.

Studio

HBO Films

Official Site

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REVIEWS RATE:  Critics  Go! Watch this movie. You'll regret if not seeing it.    Readers  Be the 1st!

Cast and Crew


Director

Cameron Crowe

Producer

Cameron Crowe, Michelle Panek

Starring

Story


A captivating and exhilarating real-life experience of musical creation and generosity, "The Union" is an unprecedented look at the creative life of Elton John and his remarkable collaborative album with his early-career idol, Leon Russell. Never before filmed in his composing process, John is captured by director Cameron Crowe throughout the entire span of writing and recording the landmark album. This candid portrait of one of the world's most treasured artists and performers also documents an extraordinary journey of the heart-one that sent John to reinvigorate the life and musical career of Russell, to whom John hadn't spoken in more than 38 years.

Legendary producer T Bone Burnett, John's lifelong lyricist Bernie Taupin, icons Neil Young and Brian Wilson, legendary R&B organist Booker T. Jones, steel guitarist Robert Randolph, and a 10-piece gospel choir are featured on the album, while appearances by Ringo Starr, Stevie Nicks, Jeff Bridges, and Grace Jones color this documentary about a love of making music.

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Elton John and Leon Russell in HBO Films' The Union (2012)
Poster of HBO Films' The Union (2012)

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PREMIERE PHOTO

Martin Scorsese
2011 Tribeca Film Festival Opening Night Premiere of 'The Union'
Apr 20, 2011
Martin Scorsese
2011 Tribeca Film Festival Opening Night Premiere of 'The Union'
Apr 20, 2011

REVIEWS BY CRITICS

“..it feels like I've been watching Cameron Crowe documentaries non-stop..”
by Daniel Fienberg [HitFix]
“..further drawing Russell back into the music scene..”
by Ronnie Scheib [Variety]
“..the Union is dedicated to Reginald Dwight and Claude Russell Bridges..”
by David Rooney [Hollywood Reporter]