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"MAGNIFICENT"

- Boston Globe

"MESMERIZING"

- Washington Post

"A JOY TO WATCH"

- ROGEREBERT.COM

"EVOCATIVE, SOULFUL, ENORMOUSLY ENTERTAINING."

- Los Angeles Times

"It's an affectionate, uplifting film, with testimony from everyone from Aretha and Sledge to Bono and Alicia Keys. It offers a slice of American popular history which, along with the stories of Motown and Stax Records, pretty much cover the rise of soul music in America. It's a true treat."

- Huffington Post, Marshal Fine

"But the documentary’s real highlights are the musings of the musicians who recorded there. Performers including Bono, Aretha Franklin, Keith Richards, Mick Jagger, Jimmy Cliff and Steve Winwood reflect on what made the town "magic," as Bono puts it. Artists were not only prolific in Colbert County, but their recordings were often infused with a recognizable sound Camalier describes as a "funky, soulful, propulsive kind of groove."

- Rolling Stone, Katie Van Syckle

"THE NEXT MUST SEE DOC. A staple for Soul fans alongside Standing in the Shadows of Motown."

- John DeFore, The Hollywood Reporter

"MUSIC LOVERS WILL GET PLENTY OF THRILLS hearing first-hand accounts of how such classic tracks as Aretha’s ‘Respect’ and the Stones’ ‘Brown Sugar’ were created."

- Dennis Harvey, Variety

"A triumph, a stunning, soulful achievement. A must-see for even the most casual of music fans, so chock full of moments of grace and beauty that even the most jaded can still properly fall in love with it."

- Jason Gorber, Twitch

". Propelled by gorgeous music and rich anecdotes, it’s joyous, uplifting, and as funky as the music at its heart."

- David Gritten, The Telegraph

"Invigorating. A sumptuously assembled, comprehensive film about music that changed lives."

- Shaun Munro, What Culture

"Must-See"

- The Blot Magazine

"A winning tribute to the coastal Alabama studio, musicians, and engineers who laid down some of the greatest pop tracks of the late '60s and early '70s."

- VILLAGE VOICE

"Must-See"

- NBC NY

"One of the year’s most entertaining and enriching nonfiction films."

- Huffington post

"A MUST-SEE DOCUMENTARY FOR ANY ROCK N' ROLL HISTORY CONNOISSEUR."

- INDIEWRIE: THE PLAYLIST

"Grade: A-"

- Entertainment Weekly

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- NY Daily News

"A joy to watch."

- ROGEREBERT.COM

"Get ready to sing along, and good luck staying in your seat."

- NJ STAR LEDGER

"This is the real sweet home Alabama. Turn it up."

- NJ STAR LEDGER

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- Chicago Sun-Times

"Elegant documentary about a remarkable musical town."

- Chicago Sun-Times

"A stellar film."

- San Jose Mercury News

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- Fox 5 San Diego

"Deserves respect."

- Minneapolis Star Tribune

"Terrific"

- LA TIMES

"Evocative, soulful, enormously entertaining tribute"

- LA TIMES

"If you liked 20 Feet From Stardom, you are going to burst into song for Muscle Shoals."

- James Verniere, Boston Herald

"EVOCATIVE, SOULFUL, ENORMOUSLY ENTERTAINING. A terrific documentary."

- Gary Goldstein, LA Times

"HUGELY ENTERTAINING - A SOULFUL MUSICAL FEAST. It’s mandatory viewing for fans of the classic rock, soul and R&B of the 60s and 70s."

- Walter Addiego, San Francisco Chronicle

"MAGNIFICENT - Muscle Shoals is more magical than any two Harry Potter movies put together."

- Mark Feeney, Boston Globe

"3½ out of 4 stars – A standout music doc."

- Dan DeLuca Philadelphia Inquirer

"Muscle Shoals will delight and inform music fans."

- Howard Cohen, Miami Herald

"The filmmakers struck gold. Even fans who don’t know Muscle Shoals by name know its music by heart."

- Chris Riemenschneider, Minneapolis Star Tribune

"3½ out of 4 stars – MESMERIZING"

- Michael O’Sullivan, Washington Post

" Hands down one of the best music documentaries ever made."

- Seattle Times

"Music doesn't get much better than ‘Muscle Shoals’"

- Tallahassee Democrat

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- Arizona Republic

"earthy and elegant"

- Denver Post

"rousing"

- Denver Post

"soulful"

- Denver Post

"The new and classic tracks featured in “Muscle Shoals” may turn a screening into a dance party."

- Athens Banner-Herald

"The best documentary of the year."

- Paste Magazine


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About The Film

Located alongside the Tennessee River, Muscle Shoals, Alabama has helped create some of the most important and resonant songs of all time. Overcoming crushing poverty and staggering tragedies, Rick Hall brought black and white together to create music for the generations. He is responsible for creating the “Muscle Shoals sound” and The Swampers, the house band at FAME Studios that eventually left to start its own successful studio known as Muscle Shoals Sound. Gregg Allman and others bear witness to Muscle Shoals’ magnetism, mystery and why it remains influential today.

Cast & Crew

Director:
Greg 'Freddy' Camalier

Producers:
Stephen Badger
Greg 'Freddy' Camalier

Contributors:
Gregg Allman
Bono
Clarence Carter
Jimmy Cliff
Aretha Franklin
Rick Hall
Roger Hawkins
David Hood
Mick Jagger
Jaimoe
Donna Jean-Godchaux
Jimmy Johnson
Alicia Keys
Ed King
Spooner Oldham
John Paul White
Dan Penn
Keith Richards
Percy Sledge
Candi Staton
Steve Winwood
Ed King

Rated G for thematic elements, language, smoking and brief partial nudity.

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Magnolia Pictures is the theatrical and home entertainment distribution arm of the Wagner/Cuban Companies, a vertically-integrated group of media properties co-owned by Todd Wagner and Mark Cuban that also includes the Landmark Theatres chain and AXS TV. Recent releases include the riveting killer whale doc Blackfish, David Gordon Green’s Prince Avalanche, Joe Swanberg’s Drinking Buddies, Thomas Vinterberg’s Oscar-Nominated The Hunt, hit documentaries Muscle Shoals, Jiro Dreams of Sushi and The Queen of Versailles, and the Academy Award nominated A Royal Affair. Magnolia's upcoming releases include Lars Von Trier’s Nymphomaniac, Richard Ayoade’s dystopian vision The Double, the raucous Alan Partridge starring Steve Coogan, Lenny Abrahamson’s Frank, Joe Swanberg’s Happy Christmas, Lukas Moodysson’s We Are the Best!, Norwegian thrillers Pioneer and Ragnarok, and many more.
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