The Wrecking Crew

The Wrecking Crew

The Wrecking Crew

Documentary on the killer band of session musicians who played on many of the biggest records of the 1960s, from the album Pet Sounds to hit singles California Dreamin, These Boots Are Made for Walkin, Be My Baby, The Beat Goes On and Good Vibrations. Director Danny Tedesco, son of a Wrecking Crew guitarist, spent a decade working on the film - and a half dozen more securing the rights to the big tunes required to tell the players' story.

2008Rating: PG, Mild coarse language101 minsUSA
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The Wrecking Crew / Reviews

Flicks, Steve Newall

Flicks, Steve Newall

There’s a fascinating cast of characters at the heart of The Wrecking Crew – a gang of hard-working, hard-living session musos with the best chops in LA, cranking out hit after hit. Director Danny Tedesco’s film is a labour of love, spurred on by his father’s long run in the studio with the titular crew, and the urgency to preserve the stories of these oft-overlooked performers behind some of the biggest songs of the 60s before they are lost to the sands of time. But, as The Wrecking Crew joins many other documentaries in demonstrating, a great tale doesn’t necessarily mean a great film.

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Variety

Variety

The unsung heroes who played on stacks of wax during the '60s pop era are celebrated in a hugely entertaining documentary.

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Time Out

Time Out

It all feels more like an ambitious home video than a 'proper' film.

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The Washington Post

The Washington Post

Nostalgia trips are fun, but when they intersect with genius, virtuosity and genuine revelatory insight, they take viewers to a higher place.

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The Guardian

The Guardian

Nails the point: that the beauty of pop music lies not with the prancing pop starlets, but in the hands of the average-looking, insanely talented artists behind the scenes.

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Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

Though their story has taken decades to reach the screen, it has been worth the wait.

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Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

An entertaining and compelling story about music's unsung heroes.

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