Mad Dogs & Englishmen (film)

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Mad Dogs & Englishmen
Mad Dogs & Englishmen poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byPierre Adidge
Produced byRobert Abel
Pierre Adidge
Harry Marks
StarringJoe Cocker
Leon Russell
CinematographyDavid Myers
Edited bySidney Levin
A&M Films
Creative Film Associates
Distributed byMetro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Release date
  • March 29, 1971 (1971-03-29)
Running time
117 minutes
CountryUnited States

Mad Dogs & Englishmen is a 1971 American documentary film of Joe Cocker's 1970 U.S. tour, directed by Pierre Adidge,[1] starring Cocker and Leon Russell.[2][3] The film was released on March 29, 1971, by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.



Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun-Times gave the film three stars out of four and wrote that "the musical scenes are the best rock coverage since 'Woodstock.' The sound is first rate, for one thing, and director Pierre Adidge has some idea of why Cocker electrifies a crowd."[4] Vincent Canby of The New York Times called the film a "most satisfying, record-album of a movie" which "patronizes neither its audience nor its stars ... It is uncluttered, one of the best concert films so far."[2] A review in Variety said, "Considerable technical expertise has gone into this production, and though the objective may be clear, it just hasn't turned out to be another 'Woodstock,' possibly because Joe Cocker's personality isn't all that endearing."[5] Gene Siskel of the Chicago Tribune rated the film three stars out of four and wrote, "'Mad Dogs' is distinguishable from other 'rockumentaries' because it deals almost exclusively with the musician and his music. There are few side trips to cultural comments."[6] Robert Hilburn of the Los Angeles Times stated, "As a film, 'Mad Dogs and Englishmen' is a good concert. For much of the picture's 114 minutes, the camera is on Joe Cocker, by most standards the best and most exciting singer in rock music ... But 'Mad Dogs and Englishmen,' unfortunately, fails in the end to rise above this interesting, but clearly limited historical summary of the Cocker tour. As a film, it doesn't establish its own importance."[7] A negative review by Tom Zito of The Washington Post advised readers to "Forget the film and try the record," explaining, "What emerges from all this is roughly two hours of footage that looks terrible on the screen and sounds almost as bad. The film is projected in an annoying square format, except for the moments when the screen area is broken up into some poorly coordinated split-screen effects. The camerawork is often sloppy ... the whole thing winds up looking and sounding like a cheap, imitation (indoor) 'Woodstock.'"[8] James D. White of The Monthly Film Bulletin declared that "The music itself is excellent," but "The film's information content is minimal; and one's heart sinks as the screen is split into a double image for the first number and as the mandatory shots—of excited fans, of joint-rolling in a hotel bedroom, of an interview with a vacuous groupie—are inevitably wheeled out."[9]

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  2. ^ a b Canby, Vincent (March 30, 1971). "Screen: 'Mad Dogs and Englishmen". The New York Times. 25.
  3. ^ "Mad Dogs & Englishmen (1971) - Overview -". Turner Classic Movies. Retrieved 2 December 2014.
  4. ^ Ebert, Roger (April 27, 1971). "Mad Dogs and Englishmen". Retrieved May 28, 2019.
  5. ^ "Film Reviews: Joe Cocker: Mad Dogs & Englishmen". Variety. February 3, 1971. 26.
  6. ^ Siskel, Gene (May 5, 1971). "'Mad Dogs' and..." Chicago Tribune. Section 2, p. 7.
  7. ^ Hilburn, Robert (March 30, 1971). "Cocker Concert in 'Englishmen' Film". Los Angeles Times. Part IV, p. 8.
  8. ^ Zito, Tom (May 11, 1971). "Mad Dogs and Englishmen". The Washington Post. B9.
  9. ^ White, James D. (November 1971). "Mad Dogs and Englishmen". The Monthly Film Bulletin. 38 (454): 223.

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