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2,337 Ratings

24 Hour Party People

Directed by Michael Winterbottom
United Kingdom, 2002
Biography, Comedy, Drama


A vibrant portrait of the Manchester music scene during the mid-to-late 1970s, through the eyes of TV presenter Tony Wilson, founder of Factory Records, as he introduces the world to such notable musical acts as Joy Division, New Order, and The Happy Mondays.

Our take

With an inspired lead performance by British television icon Steve Coogan, this 2002 rock biopic travels in time to portray a way of making and relating to music that is now partly extinct. Smartly blending newsreel footage with fictional characters, 24 Hour Party People beats to its own rhythm.

24 Hour Party People Directed by Michael Winterbottom

Critics reviews

As inconsistent as the quixotic label he charts here, Winterbottom has produced films great and terrible, but none, perhaps, greater than this. Post-punk remains a sadly under-explored pop cultural moment in cinema, but 24 Hour Party Peoplethrows down a gauntlet for anyone who might try to tackle it, a work as gorgeous and messy and protean as the music it documents.
August 26, 2013
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