James Brown changed the face of American music forever. Abandoned by his parents at an early age, James Brown was a self-made man who became one of the most influential artists of the 20th century, not just through his music, but also as a social activist. Charting his journey from rhythm and blues to funk, MR. DYNAMITE: THE RISE OF JAMES BROWN features rare and previously unseen footage, photographs and interviews, chronicling the musical ascension of “the hardest working man in show business,” from his first hit, “Please, Please, Please,” in 1956, to his iconic performances at the Apollo Theater, the T.A.M.I. Show, the Paris Olympia and more.

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Mr. Dynamite: The Rise of James Brown (2014)

Music/Documentary · 2h 0m · 4/27/2014

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James Brown changed the face of American music forever. Abandoned by his parents at an early age, James Brown was a self-made man who became one of the most influential artists of the 20th century, not just through his music, but also as a social activist. Charting his journey from rhythm and blues to funk, MR. DYNAMITE: THE RISE OF JAMES BROWN features rare and previously unseen footage, photographs and interviews, chronicling the musical ascension of “the hardest working man in show business,” from his first hit, “Please, Please, Please,” in 1956, to his iconic performances at the Apollo Theater, the T.A.M.I. Show, the Paris Olympia and more.

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Status

Released

Language

English
Cast
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James Brown

Himself (archive footage)
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Christian McBride

Himself
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Bobby Byrd

Himself
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Greg Tate

Himself
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Louis Jordan

Himself (archive footage)
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Duke Ellington

Himself (archive footage)
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Mick Jagger

Himself
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John Starks

Himself (as John 'Jabo' Starks)
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Eugene 'Bull' Connor

Himself (archive footage) (as Bull Connor)
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Al Sharpton

Himself
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Martha High

Herself
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Little Richard

Himself (archive footage)
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Melvin Parker

Himself
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Alan Leeds

Himself
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Clyde Stubblefield

Himself
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Micheal Veal

Himself
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Danny Ray

Himself
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Ahmir-Khalib Thompson

Himself (as Ahmir 'Questlove' Thompson)
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Martin Luther King

Himself (archive footage)
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Malcolm X

Himself (archive footage)
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Lyndon Johnson

Himself (archive footage)
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Maceo Parker

Himself
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Gerry and the Pacemakers

Themselves (archive footage)
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The Beach Boys

Themselves (archive footage)
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Pee Wee Ellis

Himself (as Alfred 'Pee Wee' Ellis')
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Fred Wesley

Himself
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Ben Bart

Himself (archive footage)
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Ed Sullivan

Himself (archive footage)
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James Meredith

Himself (archive footage)
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Cleveland Sellers

Himself
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Dick Gregory

Himself (archive footage)
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Stokely Carmichael

Himself (archive footage)
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H. Rap Brown

Himself (archive footage)
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Kevin White

Himself (archive footage)
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Louis B. Lyons

Himself (archive footage)
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Hubert H. Humphrey

Himself (archive footage)
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Don Warden

Himself, host, Black Dignity show (archive footage)
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Chuck D.

Himself (as Chuck D)
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Mike Douglas

Himself (archive footage)
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David Susskind

Himself (archive footage)
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Richard Nixon

Himself (archive footage)
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Bootsy Collins

Himself
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Phelps 'Catfish' Collins

Himself (archive footage)
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Jim Wipkee

Himself, reporter, WSB News (archive footage)
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Michael Jackson

Himself (archive footage)
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Prince

Himself (archive footage)
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Kanye West

Himself (archive footage)
Crew
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Alex Gibney

Director
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Alex Gibney

Writer
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Mr. Dynamite: The Rise of James Brown

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11/6/2015

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