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24 HOUR PARTY PEOPLE

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24 Hour Party People

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
R
runtime:
117 minutes
Limited Release Date:
08/09/02
performer:
Steve Coogan, Kenny Baker, Rob Brydon, James Cartwright
director:
Michael Winterbottom
distributor:
United Artists (MGM)
author:
Frank Cottrell Boyce
genre:
Comedy

We gave it an A

Set in Manchester, England, from the late ’70s to the early ’90s, director Michael Winterbottom’s zippy mockumentary follows the rise and fall and rise again of record-label honcho Tony Wilson, who gave careers to the likes of seminal Brit bands Joy Division and New Order. As the amusingly egomaniacal Wilson, comedian Coogan delivers a cheeky breakthrough performance, wandering through the circus-like raves as if he were a post-punk prince. It’s sheer ecstasy.