Glen Campbell: I'll Be Me

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Glen Campbell: I'll Be Me
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Promotional poster
Directed by James Keach
Produced by
  • James Keach
  • Trevor Alber
Starring Glen Campbell
Edited by Elisa Bonora
Production
company
PCH Films
Distributed by

Area23a

Virgil Films
Release date
  • April 19, 2014 (2014-04-19) (Nashville Film Festival)
  • October 24, 2014 (2014-10-24)
Running time
116 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Glen Campbell: I'll Be Me is a 2014 American documentary film about country music singer Glen Campbell. Campbell and close friend Julian Raymond (the film's executive producer) won a Grammy Award and were nominated for the Academy Award for Best Original Song for writing the film's theme "I'm Not Gonna Miss You".

History[edit]

Director James Keach followed Campbell on his farewell tour. The film centers on Campbell's struggles with Alzheimer's disease. During the filming, Campbell was sued by a Los Angeles production company which claimed that he had broken an agreement to film a documentary with them.[1]

I'll Be Me made its television premiere on CNN on June 28, 2015.[2] Sister network HLN aired an encore of the film on August 9, 2017, following Campbell's death the previous day.[3]

Critical reception[edit]

Rotten Tomatoes reports that the film has received a 100% "Fresh" rating, with 30 positive reviews and no negative ones. The critical consensus reads, "The heartrendingly honest Glen Campbell: I'll Be Me offers a window into Alzheimer's that should prove powerful viewing for Campbell fans and novices alike."[4] The Washington Post's Ann Hornaday wrote that "I'll Be Me is an elevating experience, inviting the audience to bear witness to Campbell's courage, humor and spiritual strength. His story may make for a tough movie, but it's an important and triumphant one, as well."[5] Alissa Simon of Variety wrote that it "blends intimate and unflinching medical details, poignant performance footage and a survey of its subject's place in musical history through well-chosen archival footage and interviews with other iconic performers."[6]

Soundtrack[edit]

Glen Campbell: I'll Be Me
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Soundtrack album by Various artists
Released February 17, 2015 (2015-02-17)
Genre Country
Label Big Machine
Producer Julian Raymond, Dann Huff
Singles from Glen Campbell: I'll Be Me
  1. "I'm Not Gonna Miss You"
    Released: September 30, 2014
  2. "Gentle on My Mind"
    Released: September 22, 2014

In advance of the film's release, Big Machine Records released a soundtrack extended play consisting of five songs.[7] One of the songs, "I'm Not Gonna Miss You", is Campbell's final studio recording.[8] The Band Perry's rendition of "Gentle on My Mind" from the soundtrack was released as a single after the band performed it on the Country Music Association awards broadcast on November 5, 2014, and won a Grammy Award for Best Country Duo/Group Performance the next year.[9]

Tim McGraw performed "I'm Not Gonna Miss You" at the 87th Academy Awards, where the song was nominated for Best Original Song. The category was won by "Glory."

The album debuted at No. 20 on Top Country Albums, No. 11 on the Soundtrack chart, and No. 147 on Billboard 200, with 3,000 copies sold.[10] It peaked at No. 15 the next week on the Top Country Albums chart, No. 6 on the Soundtracks chart, and No. 103 on Billboard 200. The album had sold a total of 23,100 copies as of July 2015.[11]

"Remembering," sung by Campbell's daughter Ashley Campbell, was released as a single in late 2015.

On February 15, 2016, at the 58th Grammy Awards, the soundtrack won a Grammy for "Best Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media."

Track listing[edit]

EP
No.TitleWriter(s)PerformerLength
1."I'm Not Gonna Miss You"Glen Campbell, Julian RaymondGlen Campbell2:58
2."Gentle on My Mind"John HartfordThe Band Perry3:11
3."Home Again"Jesse Hodges, Larry RintyeAshley Campbell2:54
4."Wichita Lineman (Live from Ryman Auditorium)"Jimmy WebbGlen Campbell4:11
5."A Better Place (Live from Ryman Auditorium)"Glen Campbell, Julian RaymondGlen Campbell2:38
Total length:15:52

A full soundtrack consisting of 10 tracks was released on February 17, 2015

Full Soundtrack
No.TitleWriter(s)PerformerLength
1."I'm Not Gonna Miss You"Glen Campbell, Julian RaymondGlen Campbell and the Wrecking Crew2:58
2."Gentle on My Mind"John HartfordThe Band Perry3:40
3."Remembering"Ashley Campbell, Kai WelchAshley Campbell3:58
4."All I Need Is You"Glen Campbell, Julian RaymondGlen Campbell4:00
5."The Long Walk Home"Glen Campbell, Julian RaymondGlen Campbell2:20
6."Wichita Lineman (Live from Ryman Auditorium)"Jimmy WebbGlen Campbell4:11
7."A Better Place (Live from Ryman Auditorium)"Glen Campbell, Julian RaymondGlen Campbell2:38
8."Gentle on My Mind (Single Version)"John HartfordThe Band Perry3:11
9."Home Again"Jesse Hodges, Larry RintyeAshley Campbell2:54
10."I'm Not Gonna Miss You (Single Version)"Glen Campbell, Julian RaymondGlen Campbell2:58
Total length:31:38

References[edit]

  1. ^ Rohter, Larry (23 October 2014). "A Farewell to His Fans and Himself Glen Campbell, on the Road With Alzheimer's in 'I'll Be Me'". The New York Times. Retrieved 10 November 2014. 
  2. ^ Steinberg, Brian (2015-06-19). "CNN Prescribes New Eli Lilly Commercials For Glen Campbell Documentary". Variety. Retrieved 2017-08-10. 
  3. ^ "CMT and HLN to air tributes to departed music great Glen Campbell". Los Angeles Times. ISSN 0458-3035. Retrieved 2017-08-10. 
  4. ^ "I'll Be Me". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 10 November 2014. 
  5. ^ Hornaday, Ann (6 November 2013). "Glen Campbell: I'll Be Me movie review". The Washington Post. Retrieved 10 November 2014. 
  6. ^ Simon, Alissa (20 October 2014). "Film Review: Glen Campbell … I'll Be Me". Variety. Retrieved 10 November 2014. 
  7. ^ "Glen Campbell I'll Be Me Soundtrack EP". Allmusic. Retrieved 10 November 2014. 
  8. ^ Kreps, Daniel (27 October 2014). "Glen Campbell Shares Poignant Last Music Video 'I'm Not Gonna Miss You'". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 10 November 2014. 
  9. ^ Watts, Cindy (5 November 2014). "The Band Perry goes 'gentle' on country radio". The Tennesseean. Retrieved 10 November 2014. 
  10. ^ Wade Jessen (February 26, 2015). "Aaron Watson Debuts at No. 1 on Top Country Albums, Oscars Lift Glen Campbell". Billboard. 
  11. ^ Bjorke, Matt (July 13, 2015). "Country Album Chart Report for July 13, 2015". Roughstock. Roughstock.  Sales figure given here

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