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20 Feet from Stardom (2013)

Twenty Feet from Stardom (original title)
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Backup singers live in a world that lies just beyond the spotlight. Their voices bring harmony to the biggest bands in popular music, but we've had no idea who these singers are or what lives they lead, until now.

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Morgan Neville
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Lou Adler ... Himself
Stephanie 'Stevvi' Alexander ... Herself (as Stevvi Alexander)
Patti Austin ... Herself
Chris Botti ... Himself
Todd Boyd Todd Boyd ... Himself (as Dr. Todd Boyd)
Carole Childs Carole Childs ... Herself
Amy Christian Amy Christian ... Herself
Greg Clark Greg Clark ... Himself
Kyliyah Clayton Kyliyah Clayton ... Herself
Merry Clayton ... Herself
Susan Collins Susan Collins ... Herself
Charlotte Crossley Charlotte Crossley ... Herself
Sheryl Crow ... Herself
Chris Darrow Chris Darrow ... Himself
Paul Epworth ... Himself
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The backup singer exists in a strange place in the pop music world; they are always in the shadow of the feature artists even when they are in front of them in concert while they provide a vital foundation for the music. Through interviews with veterans and concert footage, the history of these predominately African-American singers is explored through the rock era. Furthermore, special focus is given to special stand outs who endeavored to make a living in the art burdened with a low profile and more personal career frustrations, especially those who faced the very different challenge of singing in the spotlight themselves. Written by Kenneth Chisholm (kchishol@rogers.com)

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Meet the unsung heroes behind the greatest music of our time.


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some strong language and sexual material | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

26 July 2013 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A 20 pasos de la fama See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$54,596, 16 June 2013

Gross USA:

$4,946,445

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$5,839,368
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Trivia

The film has been compared to the similarly themed book 'The Wrecking Crew: The Inside Story of Rock and Roll's Best-Kept Secret', which chronicles the stories of uncredited studio musicians. See more »

Connections

Featured in The 2014 Film Independent Spirit Awards (2014) See more »

Soundtracks

Get Outta My Way
(uncredited)
Written by Mich Hansen, Lucas Secon, Damon Sharpe, Peter Wallevik and Daniel Davidsen
Performed by Kylie Minogue
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fascinating behind the scene
28 February 2016 | by SnoopyStyleSee all my reviews

They're the secret weapons behind most of the iconic music of their era but the public rarely knows their names. They take over the world of white backup singers and plain vanilla performances. They come from the gospel world. Darlene Love works under producer Phil Spector who uses her voice and released it as other people. These women are part of some of the most iconic songs ever.

This is a lot of information and a lot of different people. There are plenty of big names and recognizable faces. It's a lot of stories and songs. The first half is more like a highlight reel of fascinating behind-the-scene snippets. There's nothing wrong with that but it does get a little repetitive. The overall flow does allow the flow of time to deliver an overall story of backup singing in general. The second half recounts some of the girls trying to make it on their own and that part is interesting.


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