20 Feet from Stardom [Blu-ray] [2013]

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Overall Customer Rating:
100% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (13 out of 13)

Special Features


  • Deleted scenes
  • Short film: The Buddy System
  • Q&A with Darlene Love, Merry Clayton, Lisa Fischer & director Morgan Neville

Synopsis


20 Feet From Stardom
Filmmaker Morgan Neville pays homage to some of the greatest vocalists you've never heard of in this documentary. While the lead singers in rock, pop, and R&B are the ones who get the glory, knowledgeable music fans will tell you the backing vocalists often add the touches that make a performance truly memorable, and though many backup singers have the respect of their peers in the music business, they're all but unknown to the average listener. Twenty Feet From Stardom pays homage to some of these unsung heroes, including Darlene Love (the uncredited lead voice on some of Phil Spector's most memorable productions of the 1960s), Merry Clayton (who contributed a striking vocal cameo on the Rolling Stones "Gimme Shelter", Lisa Fischer (who has appeared on albums by Sting, Tina Turner, and Aretha Franklin, as well as touring with the Rolling Stones, and the Waters Family (they sang with Michael Jackson on the album Thriller and lent their voices to the films The Lion King and Avatar). The film also includes interviews with such superstars as Bruce Springsteen, Stevie Wonder, and Mick Jagger on the role backing vocalists play in music and the music business, while a number of veteran singers share their stories of the ups and downs of their careers. Twenty Feet From Stardom received its world premiere at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

Cast & Crew


  • Bette Midler
    Bette Midler
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    Arnold McCuller
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    Nicki Richards
  • Darlene Love
    Darlene Love
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    Claudia Lennear



Customer rating

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Back up singers: short on credit and recognition.

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    Izzyforeal365
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    "20 Feet From Stardom" has been rightly called the sister piece to "Standing In The Shadows Of Motown". There are poignant moments in history as well as described by those we already know in the spotlight. For those of us whom already have experience the epiphany of identification with the chorus and not the lead, the film acts as validation to a point. Only one of thy stories really attempts to show the lack of real opportunity for those young black singers, but as much as I hate these singing contests on network TV, they are honest in stating they are looking for stars. I only saw one here in Darlene Love. The stories, historical clips and pictures were successful in painting the tapestry of the time ,and were the most entertaining. Claudia Lennear as one of the Ikettes, for example, was appropriate and acute. The Lisa Fischer segment seemed a bit underwhelming and left me unsympathetic. I love the music and the attitudes of the back up singers, but not everyone is a star. Bruce Springsteen is bold enough to state it, but I'm not sure if many of those on screen fully accepted that.

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Interesting film history of the past 40+ years

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    IceGirl09Mom
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    Very interesting film about the career paths of some of the background singers of the past 40 years or so. It was a little overlong, and ironically, some of the deleted scenes were the best! Fascinating perspectives from some of the famous artists they worked with on the road and in the recording studio. I actually want to find out a little more about some of the women featured and may watch again soon, to make note of their names.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Finally getting respect

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    Murf
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    A fitting tribute to backup singers who have done so much for the famous successful musical artists they performed for.Their professional talents and beauty are so valuable and could definately be Main Headliners themselves.What a great documentary !

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great documentary for music lovers!

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    PDray
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    This is an interesting documentary about some of the best, mostly unknown backup singers from the 60's on. Many sang as studio backup singers for numerous famous acts, and often got little or no credits. Some of them tried to make it as solo acts, but in spite of their talent, never made it big. Darlene Love did win and Oscar for her performance.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    I enjoyed it!

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    satisfied1
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    Very good time documentary. Learned a lot of new facts about these mostly women backup singers who are the subjects of this film. Excellent rare performance concert footage and stories told by those who were there and have lived through the experience. Great soundtrack too.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great documentary on unsung heroes of music.

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    KingUribe
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    What an awesome doc! If you have any interest in the history of rock and roll/r&b/pop music, this is a must watch. Very cool to see these singers get the attention they deserve.

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great movie

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    PennyWenny
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    I wanted to see this movie when it came out but it was not at many theaters. Once it was nominated for an Academy award and I saw it on sale, I knew I had to get it. My mom even loved this movie. Thanks for the deal as always Best Buy!

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Highly recommend

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    reebohyeah72
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    It is good to know that the people to whom we owe so much great music are finally being recognized and given a voice to tell their story. It was also an enlightening view of the music business and how it has changed recently.

    I would recommend this to a friend


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