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Kurt & Courtney (1998)

A documentary on the life of Kurt Cobain and his relationship with Courtney Love.

Director:

Nick Broomfield
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Nick Broomfield ... Self
Kurt Cobain ... Self (archive footage)
Courtney Love ... Self
Mari Earle ... Self - Kurt Cobain's Aunt
Tracey Marander ... Self - Kurt Cobain's Former Girlfriend (as Tracy Marander)
Alice Wheeler ... Self - Kurt Cobain's Friend
Hank Harrison ... Self - Courtney Love's Father
Rozz Rezabek ... Self - Musician
Amy Squier ... Self - Kurt Cobain's Acquaintance
Tom Grant ... Self - Private Detective
Dylan Carlson ... Self
Al Bowman ... Self - Stalkerazzi
Jack Briggs Jack Briggs ... Self - Stalkerazzi
El Duce ... Self - Musician
Chelsea Rae ... Self - Friend of Nanny (as Chelsea)
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Storyline

After rocker Kurt Cobain's death, ruled a suicide, a film crew arrives in Seattle to make a documentary. Director Nick Broomfield talks to lots of people: Cobain's aunt who provides home movies and recordings, the estranged father of Cobain's widow Courtney Love, an L.A. private investigator who worked for Love, a nanny for Kurt and Courtney's child, friends and lovers of both, and others. Although Love won't talk to him and his inquiries lose him financial backing, he comes to believe the coroner's verdict. Portraits emerge: a shy, slight Kurt, weary of touring, embarrassed by fame, hooked on heroin; an out-going Courtney, dramatic, controlling, moving from groupie to star. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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The film Courtney Love doesn't want to see.


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Rated R for strong language, drug references and some sexuality | See all certifications »
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Filmed in 1997. See more »


Soundtracks

302 Cubic Inch V8 Powered Blues
Written by Mark Felchtone (as Blind Marky Felchtone)
Performed by Zeke
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Hard to Tell Where the Truth Is
24 April 2012 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Kurt & Courtney (1998)

*** (out of 4)

Nick Broomfield's controversial documentary on the suicide of Kurt Cobain and the conspiracy theories around whether or not Courtney Love had him murdered. This is an incredibly strange documentary that has "witnesses" that no lawyer in the world would put on the stand but at the same time there's no question that the film will keep you glued to what you're watching. It's hard to say how much truth is found in this documentary or if everything here is nothing more that cruel gossip but I must say that it's rather obvious that Broomfield hates Love. There are a lot of problems with this documentary with the main one being Broomfield's attacks on Love at every chance he gets. It's clear he wants to know whether or not Love killed Cobain but I think there are quite a few cheap shots taken at her. The director is constantly saying how he wanted to use certain music but Love wouldn't allow it. Well, duh. Any music rights owner isn't going to let you freely use something so considering this film ran out of backers it's clear that they wouldn't have had the money to buy the music even if they were for sale. There's an episode at the end when the director could have asked her a question but didn't and instead gets on a stage and does it in public. Another cheap shot. With that said, the murder conspiracy is just something hard to wrap your brain around. Even if it was true, the witnesses here are cracked out heroin addicts so it's really hard to take what they say as the truth. You could argue that Kurt and Courtney were a part of this crowd, which I guess would be fair but I do wonder what motive some of these people had. It's clear that Love's father hates his daughter so his motives are certain. Others claim that they're terrified of Love yet they come out and say she murdered Kurt. No matter what your opinion on the truth is, it's hard to take any real evidence out of this documentary.


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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 February 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Kurt és Courtney - A helyi Nirvana See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$16,835, 1 March 1998

Gross USA:

$668,228

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$668,228
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Stereo

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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