Muscle Shoals (film)

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Muscle Shoals
Muscle Shoals Official Poster.jpg
Muscle Shoals Theatrical Poster
Directed byGreg "Freddy" Camalier
Produced by
CinematographyAnthony Arendt
Edited byRichard Lowe
Distributed byMagnolia Pictures
Release dates
  • January 26, 2013 (2013-01-26) (Sundance Film Festival)
  • September 27, 2013 (2013-09-27) (United States)
Running time
111 minutes
CountryUnited States
Box office$524,288[1]

Muscle Shoals is a 2013 American documentary film about FAME Studios in Muscle Shoals, Alabama, and the nearby Muscle Shoals Sound Studio. Directed by Greg "Freddy" Camalier, the film was released by Magnolia Pictures on September 27, 2013.[2] It features numerous recording artists as well as the staff and musicians associated with the studios.



Muscle Shoals has generally received positive reviews from critics. Katie Van Syckle of Rolling Stone remarked

"But the documentary’s real highlights are the musings of the musicians who recorded there. Performers including Aretha Franklin, Keith Richards, Mick Jagger, Jimmy Cliff, Ed King and Steve Winwood reflect on what went into creating the magical environment and the legendary recordings that it spawned. Artists were not only prolific in Colbert County, but their recordings were often infused with a recognizable sound Camalier describes as a "funky, soulful, propulsive kind of groove."[3]

John DeFore of The Hollywood Reporter wrote, "The Next Must See Doc. A staple for Soul fans alongside 'Standing in the Shadows of Motown'."[4] Film review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes reports that 97% of critics gave the film a positive review based on 69 reviews with a "Certified Fresh" rating, with an average score of 7.6/10.



  1. ^ "Muscle Shoals (2013)". Box Office Mojo. Internet Movie Database. Retrieved 16 November 2013.
  2. ^ Scherstuhl, Alan (25 September 2013). "Muscle Shoals Gives all the Mud, Spirit and Glory a Fresh Breath". The Village Voice.
  3. ^ Van Syckle, Katie (24 January 2013). "Sundance Doc 'Muscle Shoals' Features Bono, Aretha, Rolling Stones". Rolling Stone.
  4. ^ DeFore, John (23 January 2013). "Muscle Shoals: Sundance Review". The Hollywood Reporter.

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