With the Eurovision Contest just around the corner, let's go crazy every Friday on SBS with movies filled with irresistible, toe-tapping tunes.
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28 Apr 2017 - 2:52 PM  UPDATED 10 May 2017 - 12:11 PM

Friday 5 May

Mamma Mia!

8:35pm, SBS

PG
USA, UK, Germany, 2008
Genre: Comedy, Musical, Romance
Language: English
Director: Phyllida Lloyd
Starring: Meryl Streep, Pierce Brosnan, Colin Firth, Amanda Seyfried
What's it about?
Mamma Mia!, the adaptation of the beloved stage musical, stars Oscar-winner Meryl Streep who proves she can be more than a "serious actress", as she sings and dances way through a repertoire of classic '70s ABBA songs. She plays Donna, a hotel owner about to host the wedding of her daughter (Amanda Seyfried) on an idyllic Greek isle. What she doesn't know is that among the wedding guests are three men from her past (Pierce Brosnan, Colin Firth and Stellan Skarsgård), whom her daughter secretly invited to find out who her real father is. Mayhem (and a whole lot of fun) ensues... (Also look out for The Good Fight star Christine Baranski, and Julie Walters (Harry Potter) as the back-up singers of Donna's former band).

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Friday 19 May

Purple Rain

8:35pm, SBS
Available after broadcast at SBS On Demand

M
USA, 1984
Genre: Drama, Music, Romance
Language: English
Director: Albert Magnoli
Starring: Prince, Apollonia Kotero, Morris Day
What's it about?
Purple Rain showcases the prodigious talent of the late Prince Rogers Nelson - and his complicated backstory. Loosely based on Prince's life, the film tells the story of The Kid, a struggling Minneapolis rocker fighting his own demons, feuding with his father, abusing his girlfriend, and squaring off against a wannabe rival. He soon realises that talent alone isn't all that he needs. Prepare for an emotional journey as you hear Prince's classic songs "Let's go Crazy", "When Doves Cry" and of course the iconic title song, "Purple Rain".

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Friday 26 May

The Blues Brothers

8:35pm, SBS

M
USA, 1980
Genre: Music, Comedy, Action, Crime
Language: English
Director: John Landis
Starring: Dan Aykroyd, John Belushi, James Brown
What's it about?
This legendary comedy by John Landis (An American Werewolf in London, Animal House), which was based on a Saturday Night Live sketch performed by John Belushi and Dan Akroyd, starred the creme-de-la-creme of comedians like John Candy, Carrie Fisher (Aykroyd's then-partner), as well as numerous R&B stars such as James Brown Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin and John Lee Hooker. When Jake Blues (Belushi) discovers that the Catholic home where he and his brother (Aykroyd) grew up is about to be taken over, his desperate attempts to raise money results in a hilarious gags, peppered with unforgettable musical numbers. A must-see classic.

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Friday 2 June

The Doors

8:35pm, SBS
Available after broadcast at SBS On Demand

MA15+
USA, 1991
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Oliver Stone
Starring: Val Kilmer, Meg Ryan, Kyle MacLachlan
What's it about?
After Platoon and Born on the Fourth of July, Oliver Stone continues his exploration of '60s America with The Doors, the warts-and-all story of Jim Morrison, the filmmaker turned poet turned rock star and self-styled Lizard King, who burnt himself out on drugs, drinks and sex. Val Kilmer, in addition to his uncanny resemblance to Morrison, gives an astonishingly good performance as the doomed rock star, while Oliver Stone doesn't spare us any unsavoury aspects of his unbridled sex, drugs and rock'n'roll lifestyle.

The Doors review

 

Friday 9 June

Chicago

8:35pm, SBS

MA15+
USA, 2002
Genre: Musical
Language: English
Director: Rob Marshall
Starring: Catherine Zeta-Jones, Richard Gere, Renee Zellweger
What's it about?
This bawdy, funny and exhilarating adaptation of the longest-running musical in Broadway history tells the story of two showgirls (Zeta-Jones and Zellweger) who, accused of murder, become clients of the same hot-shot defense lawyer (Richard Gere) while incarcerated in a women's prison. The highly entertaining musical, which retains the style of Bob Fosse's original choreography, won six Oscars, including Best Picture and Best Supporting Actress for Catherine Zeta Jones, while Renee Zellweger earned a nomination for Best Actress.

Watch David & Margaret's original ★★★★ ½ review

 

Friday 16 June

All That Jazz

8:35pm, SBS

M
USA, 1979
Genre: Musical
Language: English
Director: Bob Fosse
Starring: Roy Scheider, Jessica Lange, Leland Palmer
What's it about?
Based on Bob Fosse's own experience as he was staging Chicago, the iconic musical All That Jazz tells the captivating tale of an egotistical Broadway choreographer (Roy Scheider) whose boozy, womanising lifestyle is quickly becoming his undoing, and the dizzying menagerie of stage folk who live and breathe dance and music. Fosse's alter-ego drives himself over the edge and soon finds he is caught between a recurring fantasy about his death and the reality of a near-death experience.

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Friday 23 June

Still Crazy

8:35pm, SBS

M
UK, 1998
Genre: Comedy, Music
Language: English, Hungarian
Director: Brian Gibson
Starring: Stephen Rea, Billy Connolly, Jimmy Nail, Bill Nighy, Timothy Spall
What's it about?
In this "The Full Monty meets The Commitments meets This Is Spinal Tap" comedy, a group of broke, middle-aged musicians tries to relive their past rock'n roll glory, which ended in 1977 when lightning struck the stage during an outdoor festival. But it's not long until their reunion tour sees their old resentments and paranoias come back to the surface. A hilarious, feel-good comedy, set against an excellent soundtrack, and carried by an all-star cast that includes Timothy Spall (Mr. Turner), Bill Nighy (Their Finest), and Billy Connolly (Quartet).

Still Crazy Review
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Friday 30 June

The Commitments

8:35pm, SBS

M
Ireland, UK, USA, 1991
Genre: Drama, Music
Language: English, Italian
Director: Alan Parker
Starring: Robert Arkins, Michael Aherne, Angeline Ball
What's it about?
Director Alan Parker (Fame, Midnight Express) tells the story of band manager Jimmy Rabbitte and his travails in forming the "hardest-working band in the world", The Commitments, and bringing soul music to the people of Dublin. With its outstanding cast, and a cult soundtrack that includes soul standards as "In the Midnight Hour", "Try a Little Tenderness" and "Mustang Sally", The Commitments remains one of the most popular Irish movies of all time.

Watch David and Margaret's original ★★★★★ review
Watch interview with director Alan Parker

 

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