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5.61 h 32 min201315
Svengali tells the story of Dixie, a small town guy with a big dream. He leaves a humble Welsh mining town for the bright lights of London, intent on becoming the manager of the best band in the world.
John Hardwick
Jonny OwenVicky McClureRoger Evans
DramaMusic Videos and ConcertsComedy
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Supporting actors
Martin FreemanMaxine PeakeMorwenna BanksMatt BerryKaty BrandMichael SmileyBrian Hibbard
Martin RootJonny Owen
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4.1 out of 5 stars

117 global ratings

  1. 60% of reviews have 5 stars
  2. 11% of reviews have 4 stars
  3. 11% of reviews have 3 stars
  4. 12% of reviews have 2 stars
  5. 6% of reviews have 1 stars
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Steve H.Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 16 April 2020
2.0 out of 5 stars
Already been written!
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This script is identical to one written years earlier which is why Jonny Owen has faced years of legal action. In my opinion he just used many sections of the previous script to fit around the characters as he had no time prior to filming. Why would you "write" a script only to try and steer away from it as much as possible by getting help from Henry Normal. Even director John Hardwick in his online interview said Jonny wanted to move away from script. Why? Jonny I think you have many questions to answer.
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Matt HowellsReviewed in the United Kingdom on 17 December 2015
4.0 out of 5 stars
Funny, Gentle and Enjoyable.
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This is a great underground film. If you lived through or have an interest in the 'Mod' movement you will relate to this film. Also if you enjoy the concept of Trainspotting, Twin Town or other similar stories this will appeal to you. The cast is a real selection of new comers and well established players and they mix well to form a seamless performance which flows nicely along. There's an innocence to the film which I liked in the sense that nothing horrible or terrible happens and there's an uplifting element to it all. The highlight is the music closely followed by the cameo's.
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Paul DixonReviewed in the United Kingdom on 13 July 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
If you love music you’ll love Svengali !
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Brilliant film with Martin Freeman , Vicky McClure , Jonny Owen , Maxine Peake , Alan McGee a true reflection of the music business with humour and a brilliant soundtrack
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LouiseReviewed in the United Kingdom on 23 June 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
Great film
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Great feel good film, brilliant cast and acting. Well worth a watch
A. WebbReviewed in the United Kingdom on 11 January 2018
2.0 out of 5 stars
Fails where it should shine.
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Ultimately, what could have been a great slice of life movie about the music industry, fails to convince on any level, disappointing where it should be easy to shine. Buy ‘Killing Bono’ instead. You’ll have a much better time.
McNaughtyReviewed in the United Kingdom on 28 January 2016
5.0 out of 5 stars
This is one of those watch, then watch again ...
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This is one of those watch, then watch again movies. It becomes increasingly poignant as venues / Soho disappear and the grassroots and major music industry echo this tale in multiple variations.
JadeReviewed in the United Kingdom on 16 June 2021
4.0 out of 5 stars
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DAVID GARTHReviewed in the United Kingdom on 01 January 2015
5.0 out of 5 stars
Funny, good cast and very entertaining
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Funny,good cast and very entertaining. Wont win any awards,but if you just want a stress free couple of hours,watch this,i luv it.
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