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The Big T.N.T. Show (1966)

Not Rated | | Documentary, Music | January 1966 (USA)
Live performances by some of the top rock-and-roll acts of the mid 60s. Includes Ray Charles, The Byrds, Joan Baez, Ike and Tina Turner, Donovan, The Lovin' Spoonful, and several more.


Larry Peerce




Cast overview, first billed only:
Joan Baez ... Self
Gene Clark Gene Clark ... Self (as The Byrds)
Mike Clarke Mike Clarke ... Self (as The Byrds)
The Byrds ... Themselves
David Crosby ... Self (as The Byrds)
Chris Hillman ... Self (as The Byrds)
Roger McGuinn ... Self (as The Byrds)
Ray Charles ... Self
Petula Clark ... Self
Bo Diddley ... Self
Donovan ... Self
Steve Boone Steve Boone ... Self (as Yhe Lovin' Spoonful)
John Sebastian ... Self (as The Lovin' Spoonful)
Zal Yanovsky Zal Yanovsky ... Self (as The Lovin' Spoonful)
Roger Miller ... Self


Originally billed as "The T.A.M.I. Show II" in preview hype, this concert sequel produced by Phil Spector (who also appears) and filmed at the Moulin Rouge Theater in Hollywood, CA features performances by Joan Baez, The Byrds, Ray Charles, Petula Clark, Bo Diddley, Donovan, The Lovin' Spoonful, David McCallum, Roger Miller, The Modern Folk Quartet, The Ronettes, Sky Saxon of the Seeds and Ike and Tina Turner. Written by alfiehitchie

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This was the night when the "IN" crowd turned out to see the "IN" SHOW! See more »


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This film belonged to a genre that began in the mid -'60s that were actually stage productions broadcast on closed-circuit TV and recorded on Kinescope for theatrical distribution. These films included The T.A.M.I. Show (1964) and Harlow (1965). See more »


Edited into That Was Rock (1984) See more »


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Mid-60's pop at its best!
29 September 2000 | by BobLibSee all my reviews

If, like myself, you're a nostalgic middle-ager who wants to remember what the best in mid-60's pop was like for a couple hours, or, if you're under forty or so and want to know why it was so great, Phil Spector's "Big T.N.T. Show" is the one to watch.

Taped in concert at the Hollywood Palace and hosted by then-TV teen idol David McCallum ("The Man from U.N.C.L.E."), this show is so crammed with highlights it's hard to know where to begin. There's Ray Charles rockin' the house with the ultimate "Wha'd I Say," dynamite extended sets from the Byrds and Roger Miller; Donovan at his most pseudo-psychodelic (Check out the all-but-incomprehensible intro he gives to Joan Baez), Petula Clark taking us downtown, Baez singing "There But for Fortune" and "You've Lost That Lovin' Feeling," the latter with Phil Spector at the piano, Bo Diddley knockin' 'em out as only he could. The mind reels.

But this is a film better seen than described. Unfortunately, it's unavailable on video, so catch it the next time it's on AMC. You'll be glad you did. This film, along with "Woodstock" and "The T.A.M.I. Show," form the great film trilogy of 1960's pop/rock.

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January 1966 (USA) See more »

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El gran espectáculo a go-gó See more »

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