Chuck Berry: Hail! Hail! Rock 'n' Roll
Chuck Berry: Hail! Hail! Rock 'n' Roll (1987)

Hail! Hail! Rock 'n' Roll features a concert organized to celebrate the 60th birthday of Chuck Berry. The show was filmed in Berry's hometown of St. Louis, MO, in 1987. Highly respected by fellow musicians and music fans alike,… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: October 9, 1987
DVD Release Date: June 27, 2006
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Critic Score: 86% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Richard Harrington
Washington Post

Chuck Berry Hail! Hail! Rock 'n' Roll is as long and unwieldy as its title, but it's probably the most revealing look we'll ever get of its subject, and the most loving evocation of his music.

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Michael Wilmington
Los Angeles Times

It's a great concert, but it's also a fascinating character study.

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John Swenson
United Press International

Part documentary, part concert film, Chuck Berry Hail! Hail! Rock 'n' Roll is a detailed, no-holds-barred look at one of the most important and mysterious figures in rock history.

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Janet Maslin
New York Times

This portrait of Mr. Berry is downbeat, and in some ways incomplete; it's very different from what might have been expected. But in its own way, Mr. Hackford's film is revealing.

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Gene Siskel
Chicago Tribune

The film works on two levels: as a portrait of a private, bitter and streetwise man, and as a major musical talent performing with obvious delight.

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David Sterritt
Christian Science Monitor

Overlong but marvelously energetic.

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

What one misses most of all are some glimpses of the earlier Chuck Berry, when the intensity of his music and his jackrabbit moves had more satanic majesty; too much of this film shows him at half-throttle.

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Variety Staff

Hail! Hail! Rock 'n' Roll is a joyous docu that effortlessly weaves luminary rock interviews with performance footage mostly shot at Berry's 60th birthday bash concert at the Fox Theatre St Louis.

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Ultimately, though, it's the music that really matters, and Hackford certainly doesn't deny his audience that pleasure.

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Flixster Audience Score: 95% Flixster User Reviews
Kevin M
Great true-to-life documentary about Chuck Berry's concert life and his 60th birthday St Louis celebration. I'm slightly annoyed by his unpolished… More
Nate Harris
The highlights are definitely the concert scenes; guest spots from Keith Richards, Julian Lennon and Clapton make for a surreal but fun show. Everything else is… More