Standing in the Shadows of Motown

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  • PG
  • Genre(s): Documentary
  • Release year: 2002
  • Running time: 116 min
Detroit, Michigan, 1959. Berry Gordy gathered the best musicians from the city's thriving jazz and blues scene for his new record company: Motown. They called themselves the Funk Brothers, and they were the greatest hit machine in the history of popular... read more

Detroit, Michigan, 1959. Berry Gordy gathered the best musicians from the city's thriving jazz and blues scene for his new record company: Motown. They called themselves the Funk Brothers, and they were the greatest hit machine in the history of popular music.This is their story.

Original Release

11/15/2002

US Release

11/15/2002

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Cast

Gerald Levert Himself / Self
Chaka Khan Herself / Self
Bootsy Collins Himself / Self
Jack Ashford Himself / Self
Bob Babbitt Himself / Self
Benny 'Papa Zita' Benjamin Himself (archive footage) / Self
Eddie 'Bongo' Brown Himself (archive footage) / Self
Johnny Griffith Himself / Self
Ben Harper Himself / Self
Joe Hunter Himself / Self - 'Funk Brothers' Keyboardist
(see additional cast & crew)

Directors

Paul Justman

Writers

Walter Dallas, Ntozake Shange, Alan Slutsky

Cast

Gerald Levert Himself / Self
Chaka Khan Herself / Self
Bootsy Collins Himself / Self
Jack Ashford Himself / Self
Bob Babbitt Himself / Self
Benny 'Papa Zita' Benjamin Himself (archive footage) / Self
Eddie 'Bongo' Brown Himself (archive footage) / Self
Johnny Griffith Himself / Self
Ben Harper Himself / Self
Joe Hunter Himself / Self - 'Funk Brothers' Keyboardist
James Jamerson Self / Himself (archive footage)
Uriel Jones Himself / Self
Montell Jordan Himself / Self
Joe Messina Himself / Self
Meshell Ndegeocello Herself / Self
Joan Osborne Herself / Self
Rudy Robinson Himself / Self
Richard 'Pistol' Allen Himself / Self
Tom Scott Self
Earl Van Dyke Self

Producers

Editors

Anne Erikson

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