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CBGB (2013)

  • Rate: 6.0/10 total 772 votes 
  • Genre: Drama | Music
  • Release Date: 11 October 2013 (USA)
  • Runtime: 101 min
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  • IMDb page: CBGB (2013)
  • Rate: 6.0/10 total 772 votes 
  • Genre: Drama | Music
  • Release Date: 11 October 2013 (USA)
  • Runtime: 101 min
  • Filming Location: New York City, New York, USA
  • Gross: $40,400 (USA) (18 October 2013)
  • Director: Randall Miller
  • Stars: Alan Rickman, Malin Akerman, Justin Bartha | See full cast and crew »
  • Soundtrack: Steady Drivin Man

Writing Credits By:

  • Jody Savin (written by) &
  • Randall Miller (written by)

Known Trivia

    Goofs: Anachronisms: On several occasions, the street corner of Bleecker Street and the Bowery are shown. The street signs have a green background with white lettering. In the 1970s, street signs in Manhattan would have had a yellow background with black lettering.

    Plot: A look at the New York City punk-rock scene and the venerable nightclub, CBGB. Full summary »  »

    Story: CBGB follows the story of Hilly Kristal’s New York club from its conceit as a venue for Country, Bluegrass and Blues (CBGB) to what it ultimately became: the birthplace of underground rock ‘n roll and punk. When Kristal had difficulty booking country bands in his club on the Bowery he opened his doors to other kinds of rock music. Kristal had one demand of the acts he booked; they could only play original music. No top 40’s, no covers. It was the credo he lived by, support the artist at whatever the cost. Hilly Kristal ironically became known as the godfather of punk giving a chance to such bands as Blondie, Television, Ramones, Talking Heads, Dead Boys and The Police. Written byanonymous


    Synopsis: A opening text informs the viewers that punk rock music did not start at CBGB, but in a basement in Connecticut. The story is mostly true. John Holmstrom and Legs McNeil are in their basement talking about starting Punk Magazine.

    Hightstown, NJ, 40 years earlier. A baby escapes from his crib and runs away. His parents find him three miles away. Hilly Krystal (Alan Rickman) stands before a judge. He is divorced with two children and bankrupt again after a second failed attempt to open a nightclub. He walks around New York City with his dog and wanders into a small bar after picking up a junkie named Idaho. He asks the bartender if they ever play music there and decides he wants to buy the bar.

    Hilly goes with Merv Fergueson, his former partner, to his mother to ask for money to buy the bar, which he does. He calls it Hillys on the Bowery. His teenage daughter Lisa (Ashley Greene) shows up to tell him that she cant afford school anymore and is dropping out. She crashes there while Hilly and Merv work on the bar, building a stage. He wants it to be for country, bluegrass, and blues music. Merv, upset, leaves with Idaho.

    The name of the bar has now been changed to CBGB. Terry Ork (Johnny Galecki) shows up with his band, wanting to play there. He is the manager of the band Television. He convinces Hilly to let them play there, but only original music, even though they are a raw band. Hilly goes to find a man named Taxi, a man who knows mechanics, to hire him to be a sound engineer. Television starts to play, but Hillys main concern is that they don’t play too loud.

    Hilly goes with his dog to the homeless alley. There’s a dead man outside. Stan the cop arrests Idaho, but leaves the body. He goes back to the bar and pays some bikers to get Idaho out of jail. Meanwhile, back at the bar, the band starts to play, but Merv is passed out in the shower upstairs blocking the drain which almost causes an electrical accident. Meanwhile, his mother wants her money back, so they start delivering pianos to raise some, breaking a piano in the process.

    Thanks to Television, the club starts to gain publicity and his daughter Lisa wants to work there. Suddenly the bar is full and the punk magazine founders are hanging out there, hiring a girl named Mary. The band Talking Heads starts to play there, and Hilly invites the cop to see them play. Suddenly Blondie, Patti Smith, Iggy Pop, and a million other bands are playing there. Punk Magazine releases their first issue.

    The Ramones show up, and they actually aren’t very good. Despite the popularity of the club though they dont seem to be making any money because Hilly lets a lot of people in without paying cover charges and gives away a lot of free drinks.

    The Dead Boys perform there and become very popular. Genya Ravan (Stana Katic) the record producer and other girls start to go wild, and the place is getting insane. Stan shows up to tell Hilly that they’ve been getting complaints about the type of people the club attracts. He’s also three months behind on his rent. He starts to kick out junkies but the club becomes huge and no one is afraid of having sex or getting high in the bathrooms.

    The Ramones sign a record deal and suddenly they are everywhere, except CBGB’s. Men come to collect the rent, but Hilly had been making deals with the bikers, so they come and beat them up and take them away. Lisa flips out because she doesn’t realize that Hilly hadn’t been paying the rent and insists on taking over the books.

    Hilly goes into the bathroom and leaves the water running while he falls asleep, completely flooding the upstairs, showing his irresponsibility. The bands keep coming, and Punk magazine is interviewing them and writing about sex, violence, and everything. Hilly starts managing the Dead Boys and wants Genya to produce them. While they perform one night, Hilly’s mother shows up. Lisa forces Hilly into the office to talk with him and Merv about their finances. He doesn’t care though. All he wants at the moment is to talk to Genya about producing the Dead Boys. Lisa goes to smoke a cigarette in the bathroom when she is visited by Idaho who doesn’t mind peeing right in front of her. Hilly insists that The Dead Boys are going to be big.

    Genya goes to talk to Hilly. She doesn’t want to produce them, but agrees to anyway. Hilly pulls out tons of money that he has been hoarding away to get them started. She goes ballistic on the band because they have stickers of swastikas on their amp. They’re pretty stupid and don’t even know what they mean. They go on tour but are a hot mess and crash their bus. Hilly goes to the bank and finds out he only has $300 left in his bank account. He takes it out of the CBGB account and gives it to Genya. Meanwhile, the band gets into a fight, and one of the members, Blitz, almost dies in a knife fight. Hilly tells Genya to make sure Blitz gets the money for his medical expenses and he leaves the Dead Boys to go back to his hometown to his old house. On the phone, Lisa yells at him to get back there because of all the people who are depending on him. Even though he insists hes done, he returns. Lisa tells him shes going to law school, and they all raised money to help pay to keep the club open. Just then, The Police audition. He says There is definitely something there

    We then see "Hilly gave a stage to some 50,000 bands during CBGB’s 33 year tenure."

    The movie ends with Hilly being interviewed by Punk Magazine. He says he opened CBGB because he thought country music would be the next big thing (and it was) in Nashville.


    FullCast & Crew

    Produced By:

    • Michael Arougheti known as executive producer
    • Lisa Kristal Burgman known as co-producer
    • Andre Danylevich known as co-producer
    • Gerry de Klerk known as executive producer
    • Melanie de Klerk known as executive producer
    • Kevin Foley known as associate producer
    • Kevin Foo known as executive producer
    • Nick Gant known as executive producer
    • Karen Hameed known as executive producer
    • Yusuf Hameed known as executive producer
    • Andrew Herwitz known as executive producer
    • Don Mandrik known as executive producer
    • Randall Miller known as producer
    • Natalie Ige Muldaur known as co-producer
    • Ray Muldaur known as co-producer
    • Irene Nelson known as executive producer
    • David Orr known as associate producer
    • David Paddison known as co-producer
    • Richard Pagano known as associate producer
    • Brad Rosenberger known as producer
    • Jody Savin known as producer
    • Jay Sedrish known as executive producer
    • Michael Smith known as executive producer

    FullCast & Crew:

    • Alan Rickman known as Hilly Kristal
    • Malin Akerman known as Debbie Harry
    • Justin Bartha known as Stiv Bators
    • Richard de Klerk known as Taxi
    • Johnny Galecki known as Terry Ork
    • Kyle Gallner known as Lou Reed
    • Ashley Greene known as Lisa Kristal
    • Rupert Grint known as Cheetah Chrome
    • Estelle Harris known as Bertha Kristal
    • Taylor Hawkins known as Iggy Pop
    • Ryan Hurst known as Mad Mountain
    • Stana Katic known as Genya Ravan
    • Joel David Moore known as Joey Ramone
    • Ahna O'Reilly known as Mary Harron
    • Freddy Rodríguez known as Idaho
    • Mickey Sumner known as Patti Smith
    • Bradley Whitford known as Nicky Gant
    • Josh Zuckerman known as John Holmstrom
    • Julian Acosta known as Johnny Ramone
    • Bronson Adams known as Johnny Blitz
    • Dominic Bogart known as Michael Sticca
    • Arthur Bridgers known as Shamai Kristal
    • Jared Carter known as David Byrne
    • Cheetah Chrome known as Cabbie
    • Evan Alex Cole known as Richard Hell
    • Kamille Dawkins known as Bank Teller
    • Teddy the Dog known as Nathan the Dog
    • Luke Dressler known as Richard Lloyd
    • Katherine DuBois known as Genya's Friend
    • James Edwards known as Psychotic Fan
    • Parker Gant known as Baby Hilly
    • Darin Heames known as Bert
    • Vincenzo Hinckley known as Da Thug
    • Holly Hubbell known as Sarah Brown
    • B. Todd Johnston known as Benjamin Brown
    • Bob Lipka known as Ye Ol' Farmer
    • Donal Logue known as Merv Ferguson
    • Richard Marrero known as Angry Hombre #2
    • Michael Massee known as Officer Stan
    • Caleb McCotter known as Wayne County
    • Keene McRae known as Sting
    • Aaron Munoz known as Palace Hotel Manager
    • Tom Nowicki known as Palace Bartender
    • Juan Piedrahita known as Angry Hombre #1 (as Juan Carlos Piedrahita)
    • Max Reinhardsen known as Tom Verlaine
    • Steven Schub known as Dee Dee Ramone
    • Danielle Shaw known as Young Bertha
    • Blake Shutterly known as Female Reporter
    • Tyler Tunney known as Judge
    • Peter Vack known as Legs McNeil
    • Danilo Cordani known as Euro Punk (uncredited)
    • Wayne Degan known as Trench Coat Punk Rocker (uncredited)
    • Thompson Newkirk known as Andy Summers (uncredited)



    Supporting Department

    Makeup Department:

    • Lynn Barber known as makeup department head
    • Nikki Bell known as additional hair stylist
    • Joyce Gilliard known as additional hair stylist
    • Patrina John known as additional makeup
    • Micah Laine known as key makeup artist
    • Iseult Coyle Lanaux known as additional makeup
    • Yesim 'Shimmy' Osman known as department head hair
    • Maria Sandoval known as key hair stylist

    Art Department:

    • Matthew Andrews known as scenic
    • Danielle Aziz known as props
    • Angel Bond known as assistant props
    • Adam Chase known as set dresser
    • Erin Choroszylow known as swing gang
    • Kara Colvin known as scenic
    • Ben Dishun known as swing gang
    • John P. Fegan known as assistant property master
    • Bruce Fennell known as scenic
    • Patrick Fuhrman known as leadman
    • Mona Good known as scenic
    • Shurlan Joseph known as lead scenic
    • Scott A. Lawson known as set dresser
    • Ben Lowney known as property master
    • Walt Mikolwski known as construction coordinator
    • Jason Wayne Morgan known as construction foreman
    • Zane Page known as scenic
    • Logan Petree known as swing gang
    • Eric Rosenberg known as graphic designer
    • Erin Santini known as on-set dresser
    • Bennet Silver known as set dresser
    • Vanessa Smith known as art production assistant
    • Michael Trumphour known as scenic
    • George Vrattos known as gang boss




    Production Companies:

    • Unclaimed Freight Productions
    • Rampart Films (in association with)

    Other Companies:

    • Chapman/Leonard Studio Equipment  camera dollies
    • Cohen & Gardner  production legal
    • Jazo P.R.  corporate publicity
    • Jolson Creative Image PR  publicity
    • Meddin Studios  production services by
    • Rampart Capital  funding
    • Sessions Payroll Management  extras payroll services
    • Soundelux  post-production sound services
    • Todd-AO Studios  post-production sound services
    • Transportation Resources  transportation equipment


    • XLrator Media (2013) (USA) (theatrical)
    • Anderson Digital (2013) (USA) (video) (Digital)
    • Union Pictures (2013) (Canada) (all media)



    Other Stuff

    Special Effects:

    • East Coast Films

    Visual Effects by:

    • Andrew Hanges known as visual effects producer
    • Eric Reinhard known as digital compositor
    • Peter Vazquez known as visual effects supervisor

    MPAA: Rated R for language throughout, some sexual content, drug use, and a scene of violence.



    Filmography links and data courtesy of The Internet Movie Database

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