Danny Says (film)

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Danny Says
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Film poster
Directed by Brendan Toller
Produced by Pamela Lubell
Written by Brendan Toller
Release date
  • March 18, 2015 (2015-03-18) (SXSW)
Running time
104 mins
Country United States
Language English

Danny Says is a feature-length 2015 documentary on the life and times of Danny Fields. The film is directed by Brendan Toller and produced by Pamela Lubell.[1] Magnolia Pictures acquired the worldwide rights in January 2016.[2]

In 2015, Danny Says was featured on "The Year in Kickstarter" with the headline "a filmmaker discovered a piece of rock & roll history." The headline cites an unearthed audio tape of Lou Reed listening to the Ramones for the first time. [3]


Danny Says had its world premiere at South by Southwest on 18 March 2015.

Critical response[edit]

Danny Says has received mixed reviews from critics. Review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes gives the film an approval rating of 68%, based on 25 reviews, with an average rating of 6.7/10.[4] On Metacritic, the film has a score of 62 out of 100, based on 10 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[5]

Variety named the film one of the "13 Breakout Films of SXSW,"[6] writing, "Rock gadfly Danny Fields reminiscences of the 1960s and 1970s are pure gold in Brendan Toller's documentary... Assembly is first-rate, with mix of sterling archival materials and starry talking heads echoing the subject's gossipy, profane, impudent manner. Several lively animated sequences further diversify the package. The soundtrack, needless to say, is a mix tape dream."[7]

Box office[edit]

Continuing on the festival circuit, Danny Says was selected as the Opening Night Film of the Film Society of Lincoln Center's Sound + Vision Festival. The screening sold out in three days.[8]

The film had a limited theatrical release by Magnolia Pictures beginning 30 September 2016.[9]


  1. ^ "Pamela Lubell". IMDb.
  2. ^ Mia Galuppo (12 January 2016). "Magnolia Pictures Nabs Danny Fields Documentary". The Hollywood Reporter.
  3. ^ "The Year in Kickstarter 2014". Kickstarter.
  4. ^ "Danny Says (2016)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 14 February 2018.
  5. ^ "Danny Says reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved 11 October 2016.
  6. ^ Variety Staff. "SXSW Film Festival standouts: The Invitation, Hangman, Creative Control - Variety". Variety.
  7. ^ Dennis Harvey. "'Danny Says' Review: A Highly Entertaining Portrait of Danny Fields - Variety". Variety.
  8. ^ "Danny Says". Film Society of Lincoln Center. Retrieved 11 October 2016.
  9. ^ "Danny Says". Danny Says Official Website.

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