Crossfire Hurricane

Crossfire Hurricane is a 2012 documentary movie concerning The Rolling Stones written and directed by Brett Morgen. The movie chronicles the early years of the band by means of to 1981. The movie is a sequence of interviews carried out with out cameras, whereas exhibiting numerous factors of curiosity that the band is discussing as archival footage. The title of the movie comes from the primary line of the band’s 1968 hit “Jumpin’ Jack Flash”.[1]


On their fiftieth anniversary, The Rolling Stones, with the assist of archive footage and interviewed by director Brett Morgen, retrace the primary 20 years of their profession. The movie discusses their early success within the Sixties; the way in which the media characterised the distinction between them and The Beatles; the distinctive musical expertise of Brian Jones; their first song-writing; the distinction between the boy followers’ aggressiveness that resulted in fights with the police and the lady followers’ screaming hysteria; Mick Jagger and Keith Richards drug use and their arrest; the musical contribution of Jones that was waning attributable to extreme use of medicine, and his dying a couple of weeks after the separation from the band; Mick Taylor’s debut live performance in Hyde Park in reminiscence of Jones and the return to world excursions; the terrible group of the Altamont Free Live performance; their flight to tax exile in 1971; the recording of Exile on Fundamental St. in a villa on the south of France; Taylor’s departure and the arrival of Ronnie Wooden; and the arrest of Richards in Canada for possession of heroin and his choice to detox, to safeguard the way forward for the band.

Vital reception

The movie obtained largely optimistic evaluations. Evaluation aggregator web site Metacritic, which assigns normalized scores, gave the movie a 77 out of 100, based mostly on 17 critics.[2]

John Anderson of The Wall Avenue Journal:

[T]his form of factor elevates Mr. Morgen’s artfully crafted collage, which has a free-associative angle however a really exact tone of voice. Constructed out of archival supplies that embody newsreel footage and a few never-before-seen outtakes from the higher movies on this much-documented band (together with the Maysles brothers’ 1970 Gimme Shelter and Robert Frank’s 1972 documentary with the unmentionable title), the film is filled with ripe moments, in addition to a way of being underneath somebody’s thumb.[3]

From James Poniewozik of Time journal:

It is not a film for music geeks, within the sense of unpacking the band’s influences or carefully analyzing how their songs labored. As an alternative it hyperlinks the music to the members’ tales, making an attempt to seize how the electrical energy of the group’s personalities created artwork. It is not a revelation, nevertheless it’s an intimate story of the band, with efficiency sequences that present how 5 guys—in numerous lineups—got here collectively and made an entity of pure fireplace and intercourse.[4]

From David Hinckley of New York Day by day Information:

The Stones have been higher showcased and defined than they’re in Crossfire Hurricane. Nonetheless, as personalities and musicians, they by no means fail to supply a superb measure of satisfaction.[5]

The movie received a Golden Reel Award for Greatest Sound Enhancing: Lengthy Kind Documentary.[6]


Chart (2013/2014) Peak
Australian Music DVDs Chart[7] 2
Austrian Music DVDs Chart[8] 4
Danish Music DVDs Chart[9] 8
Irish Music DVDs Chart[10] 9
Italian Music DVDs Chart[11] 6
Swedish Music DVDs Chart[12] 3
Swiss Music DVDs Chart[13] 2
UK Music Movies Chart[14] 1
US Music Movies Chart[15] 1


Area Certification Licensed items/gross sales
Australia (ARIA)[16] Gold 7,500^

^ Shipments figures based mostly on certification alone.

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