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24 Hour Party People

7.31 h 52 min2002X-Ray18
A vibrant portrait of the Manchester music scene during the mid-to-late 1970s, through the eyes of TV presenter Tony Wilson, founder of Factory Records, as he introduces the world to such notable musical acts as Joy Division, New Order, and The Happy Mondays.
Michael Winterbottom
Steve CooganShirley HendersonDanny Cunningham
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Sean HarrisJohn SimmLennie JamesPaddy ConsidineRalf LittleAndy SerkisChris CoghillPaul PopplewellKeith AllenMark WindowsTim HorrocksKieran O'BrienSimon PeggMark E. SmithTony Wilson
Andrew Eaton
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Smokingsubstance usealcohol usenudityfoul languagesexual contentviolence
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4.6 out of 5 stars

502 global ratings

  1. 74% of reviews have 5 stars
  2. 16% of reviews have 4 stars
  3. 5% of reviews have 3 stars
  4. 2% of reviews have 2 stars
  5. 3% of reviews have 1 stars
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J. Temperance (Hull)Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 18 February 2021
4.0 out of 5 stars
Worth Watching Again
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One good aspect of these Covid 19 lockdowns is it gives a chance to watch films again you probably wouldn't normally get the opportunity to see for a second time.

I am really glad that, around 15 or 16 years after I originally watched '24 Hour Party People', I have seen it again. I think the first time I saw this I thought it was ok but glib and tried to hard to be comic. I also think that, originally, I probably spent too much time picking holes in the chronological chaos and unsubstantiated or outright inaccurate plot devices and also trying to pick out who was who in the story. However, watching it now as a film about a time, place a man and bands I found it really enjoyable and also quite funny. It certainly kept me entertained.

I should also say that Steve Coogan who really the film depends upon as he is in every scene is really good as Tony Wilson. He certainly sounds like Wilson and his mannerisms are very good. Unfortunately, because of Alan Partridge it is hard to separate Partridge from Coogan and therefore Wilson.

Apart from that watch this film for a close representation of a period (or two periods) of music history, for the music itself and for a quite humorous film that is entertaining.
3 people found this helpful
F A.Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 06 November 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
Lesson for the new generation of artists
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I gave it 5 stars because this film shows that having talent is not enough if you do not know what you are doing and you are out of control.
Furthermore, if you let yourself be controlled by people like Shaun Ryder, no matter how popular he is, we will bring you down in the end.
Factory records could have become the EMI of the north.
I am surprised and glad that New Order survived this car crash in the music business
I have 2 young daughters, who are still studying and will likely go into artistic things. I would show them this film, as a lesson of what NOT to do but I hesitate because of all the drug taking 'and stuff'.
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Mark GarthReviewed in the United Kingdom on 01 May 2015
5.0 out of 5 stars
Manic, Funny, Sad and Enthrawling....Brilliant.
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I'd not seen this film originally, but a friend recommended it and I wasn't disappointed as I grew up in this era and went to the Hacienda in Manchester in the mid 80's.

Steve Coogan does a great job of portraying Tony Wilson and manages to capture the humour, madness and eccentric nature of the business from start to finish. From his appearances on Granada to his dealings with bands that go on to have huge success, there is an almost frantic madness, coupled with a passion and enjoyment that kept me enthralled throughout the film.

The portrayal of Joy Division and especially Ian Curtis (well played IMO by Sean Harris) is graphic, clever and intense. You certainly get a feel for the music of the time, as well as the scene in Manchester.

If you're thinking of watching this film, do so.
12 people found this helpful
mr p a WrightReviewed in the United Kingdom on 15 December 2021
1.0 out of 5 stars
Really poor
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I like Steve Coogan and I like the music of this era but that is not a reason to give this fim a good rating. Its a dreadful film and Steve Coogans character just stands out as being misplaced, unbelievable and inauthentic and I found myself cringing everytime he opened his mouth. I have a bit of back ground knowledge about what was going on and you really need that, because this film explains very little and has no real story line.
Bernice BattamsReviewed in the United Kingdom on 16 December 2012
4.0 out of 5 stars
Sex, drugs & Punk Rock with a humorous twist
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Though many have compared it to the likes of 'Studio 54' (Lord knows why), '24 Hour Party People' is a far better made and more effective film. Based on a true story, it takes place during the time when punk rock was subsiding and new kinds of music were born in England. Shot with a digital camera, in documentary style with some use of live footage and narrated by Tony Wilson, (who leads a double life as a TV reporter and music producer), Michael Winterbottom takes us into the rave culture in Manchester, that of sex, drugs and rock and roll. We see it all from Wilson's point of view and we are amused by the layers of his character. Coogan breathes life into Tony Wilson and brings an excellent humor in his portrayal. Paddy Considine and Shirley Henderson stand out too. Pretty much all the performances appear authentic. Watch out for cameos by Andy Serkis, Simon Pegg and Marsha Thomason and by real band members. The portrayal of the Manchester culture, the scenes inside the club and the bands look very real. Winterbottom infuses loads of energy and craze to 'seduce' the viewer. He cleverly injects dry humor which only supports that this is more than just a documentary-like movie. The soundtrack is a must-have and for those who love movies about music, this is a must see.
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DeeReviewed in the United Kingdom on 16 August 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
Shame it wasn't better produced
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great era aahhhh the memories. But this film does not do it justice. It's all over the place it makes no sense it's a Mish mash of only half of the hasienda story and not very well put over by Steve coogan.
3 people found this helpful
Mr PersonReviewed in the United Kingdom on 21 April 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
Hacienda, factory records, joy division, Happy Mondays, Steve Coogan, Peter Jay.... etc etc
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You need to see this film
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Jack DenimReviewed in the United Kingdom on 08 July 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
A great british film
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One of my favourite films - smart, sad and very, very funny. If you're interested in the history of the Manchester music scene or even if you're not I cannot recommend this film enough. Brilliant.
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