The Bee Gees: How Can You Mend A Broken Heart

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8.11 h 50 min202118+
This documentary chronicles the rise of the legendary band The Bee Gees and the evolution of their music over the years.
Directors
Frank Marshall
Starring
Barry GibbEric ClaptonNoel Gallagher
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DocumentaryArts, Entertainment, and Culture
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English [CC]
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English
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Supporting actors
Nick JonasChris MartinJustin Timberlake
Producers
Nigel SinclairJeanne Elfant FestaMark MonroeFrank Marshall
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HBO
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nanlmilleReviewed in the United States on December 14, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
Excellent Bee Gees Documentary
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This is a very thoroughly researched and carefully produced documentary that is well worth your time if you are a Bee Gees fan from any era. It covers some of the same ground as earlier documentaries (of which there are quite a few), but this is a mature production and includes some new angles not previously covered. I saw photos and footage that I had not seen elsewhere. The filmmakers recorded interviews with fellow artists, such as Eric Clapton and Justin Timberlake, and with the widows of Maurice and Robin Gibb. They also located some of the backing band members, original producers and sound engineers involved in the making of Bee Gees albums and shows. Another strength of this film is the artful editing of previous interview footage with Maurice (died 2003) and Robin (died 2012) along with current interviews of Barry. One flaw was what I believe was overemphasis on the anti-disco event in Chicago where records were destroyed in an explosion (flashy but not all that relevant). Also, I wish there had been more emphasis on some of the Bee Gees later work, such as the tracks "Closer than Close" (on the Still Water album released 1997) and "This is Where I Came In" on the album of the same name released in 2001. These two tracks are among my favorites of the entire Bee Gees body of work. The brothers remained vital creative forces and in good voice during that time period. In addition, Barry Gibb has been writing and performing new material since Robin's death in 2012. Barry has taken some serious strides in the direction of country music recently, and has appeared on the Grand Ole Opry. Overall, however, this documentary is highly recommended.
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PureUncutReviewed in the United States on December 14, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
Much respect to the Bee Gees from the Hip Hop generation!!!
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The Bee Gees were a generation before me and probably considered outside my demographic in a sense (age and race) but I love and respect these guys. As someone who grew up in the Hip Hop era, I appreciate how this documentary highlighted their growth into different kinds of music and artists only to see later generations appreciate the Bee Gees and sample their music over and over again (no pun intended). Mutual appreciation from different generations and cultures. And like most European/foreign musicians, I got the vibe they loved Black music and attempted to respect it, emulate it and not steal it. I recognized the ignorance that had them be the face of Disco that so many people hated. Much props to the Bee Gees.
31 people found this helpful
Shel BlakeReviewed in the United States on December 13, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
Great new biodoc on Bee Gees, helping to mend my broken heart!
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This is a very timely documentary that goes a long way to give new information about this talented, beloved group as well as cover what was going on during the six decades they have been active. They have always been my favorite group, since a teenager of the 70s, but hopefully they can get a brand new set of fans with this new retrospective. I think that the section on how the disco bashing that led to one of their rough times was especially poignant. It was associated primarily with engineered hatred and nonacceptance, and is a lesson that America keeps repeating without learning from. Hopefully we can learn to get along, tolerate, accept and love each other, and keep letting music of all kinds unite us.
22 people found this helpful
PapihuahaMomReviewed in the United States on January 13, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
You Will Learn A Lot, And The Music Will Remind You Of What You Knew But Forgot
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It's rare to be moved to tears by the music and memories invoked in a documentary about musicians I really wasn't that familiar with, but this doc and music were that powerful. I had a passing awareness of the Bee Gees as a dated disco band that were hot for a minute. This is so far from true, and this doc did a great job of representing the beautiful depth and harmonies with the versatility they really never got due credit for. Eric Clapton was right, they were actually an r & b band that hadn't sorted it out. They peaked, seemed to end, then came back again more beautiful and soulful than ever. Yeah, they did Staying Alive, but I had forgotten how much more they had done, and done it very well. It was especially emotional bc it is kind of the soundtrack for a gentler time in my life, so many memories! A lot of music was covered, but I found myself wishing they had included many more songs. One in particular I'm still looking for, in fact, it was why I sought out this documentary. I had awoken from a dream about this song, I have no idea what it's called, it was not a blockbuster hit, and the hook was basically "Dee Dee Dee Dee Dee Dee, Dee Dee Dee DEE Dee, Dee Dee". Lyrics.com brings up nothing, of course. I know the tune, the hook and the band, but no idea when this was even performed, and now it's haunting me. The songs in my dreams are like that, they tend to be obscure songs I haven't heard in a very long time, and when I find them, there's nearly ALWAYS a message for me there. I have a whole playlist of them, and when I find it, this obscure BeeGees song will be included for sure. Anyway, I'm frustrated by that, but VERY happy that my dream led to watching an absolutely incredible documentary about a very underrated band.
16 people found this helpful
Chris KennedyReviewed in the United States on December 20, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
I laughed, I cried, I even danced a little
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Everything about this film was top notch. The Bee Gees, their story, the direction, the editing - Everything.
In addition to being thoroughly entertained, I learned a whole lot too. I must have said at least two dozen times: "Wow, I never knew that." Well - now I know, and I have become a big fan because of it.
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Kimberly A. PaternosterReviewed in the United States on December 14, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
Beautiful tribute by the last man standing
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There's so much in this documentary. They wrote more than 1000 songs, 20 of them were #1 hits. Even if you think disco sucks, this film will make your night. Watch it.
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Lemmy KratzReviewed in the United States on December 18, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
Superb
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I lived through disco. Bee Gees were never disco they were just talented and created music. It was one of those classics cases of over play. The had 10 hit records all at once and they just played them to death. The problem with disco was it was dance music and no live performance. That is what sucked the life out of disco. Now we have America's top talent and The Voice and all that garbage....!
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Isabella B.Reviewed in the United States on December 14, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
Transcends Disco
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I'm not a big Bee Gees fan but this film could make me one. I'm now looking forward to exploring their earlier work. Loved seeing the creative process between them. This is also a story about siblings, brothers; ups and downs of fame...the last line broke my heart. Loved the whole film.
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