MC5*: A True Testimonial Image
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  • Summary: The hidden and forgotten history of an incredible group in an incredible time in America, this documentary profiles the Detroit rock group MC5. (Future/Now Films)
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  1. 88
    MC5 is everything a rockumentary should be and usually isn't. Then again, MC5 was everything a rock band should be and usually isn't.
  2. Wide-ranging and beautifully edited -- it's a vivid evocation of a moment when even the ugliest guitar feedback could be taken as a serious political statement.
  3. An invaluable addition to the rock history cinema archives.
  4. Reviewed by: Joel Selvin
    75
    The film is a touching, detailed portrait of an important and often overlooked band. Filmmaker David C. Thomas has done a wonderful job of stitching his filmed interviews together with the extensive vintage footage he scrounged.
  5. Thomas does an excellent job exploring the incendiary environment that shaped the band in the late 1960s. His primary interest, however, is simply to express and explain the thrill the MC5 still inspires.
  6. 75
    Should please die-hard fans as well as viewers who have never heard the band and its anthem, "Kick Out the Jams."
  7. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    60
    The music continues to speak for itself. Play loud.

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  1. Oct 21, 2013
    10
    I was lucky to be there to hear the 5 in their heyday. I had always hoped to see it and now I have and it is everything I had hope it wouldI was lucky to be there to hear the 5 in their heyday. I had always hoped to see it and now I have and it is everything I had hope it would be. Inspiring, touching, sad, but ultimately satisfying. If you are a true fan or just curious about this force called the MC5, you have got to seek out and see this documentary. The producers did a near perfect job and I wish I could thank them personally. Incredible! Expand

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