Soul Men

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Overview

In 1965, Marcus Hooks John Legend, Floyd Henderson Bernie Mac, and Louis Hinds Samuel L. Jackson were just three kids singing doo-wop harmonies around a fire barrel when legendary record producer Willie Mitchell caught an earful of their infectious harmonizing. Two short years later, Marcus Hooks and the Real Deal had signed to Hi Records, and they quickly became one of the most popular soul acts in America. But success can't last forever, and it wasn't long before Hooks decided to strike out on his own. Though ...
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Overview

In 1965, Marcus Hooks John Legend, Floyd Henderson Bernie Mac, and Louis Hinds Samuel L. Jackson were just three kids singing doo-wop harmonies around a fire barrel when legendary record producer Willie Mitchell caught an earful of their infectious harmonizing. Two short years later, Marcus Hooks and the Real Deal had signed to Hi Records, and they quickly became one of the most popular soul acts in America. But success can't last forever, and it wasn't long before Hooks decided to strike out on his own. Though Floyd and Lewis did their best to keep the Real Deal going, scoring one breakout hit with "Walk in the Park," clashing egos and "creative differences" would eventually break the duo apart. Flash-forward to the new millennium, when Hooks has won a staggering total of 19 Grammy awards while Floyd and Lewis languish in obscurity. Then, one day, while considering suicide with a mouthful of pills and a bottle of liquor, Floyd is shocked to see a news report that Hooks has suddenly dropped dead just before he was slated to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. In order to celebrate Hooks' career, Hi Records has organized a lavish tribute concert at the Apollo Theater. Will Floyd and Lewis be able to put aside their differences long enough to drive cross-country and perform together on-stage one last time, or will lingering grudges ultimately cause the pair's already-tenuous relationship to implode long before they reach New York City?
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Special Features

Feature commentary by director Malcolm D. Lee and writers Matt Stone and Rob Ramsey; The Soul Men: Bernie Mac & Samuel L. Jackson; The cast of Soul Men; Director Malcolm D. Lee; A tribute to Bernie Mac; A tribute to Isaac Hayes; Boogie Ain't Nuttin': Behind-the-scenes; Bernie Mac at the Apollo; Theatrical trailer
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Jason Buchanan
There's always a certain sense of melancholy in witnessing one of the last works of a great artist, especially when that artist never lived to see the finished product. Thankfully, Bernie Mac's penultimate feature is a soul movie with genuine heart, a crowd-pleasing comedy that leans more heavily toward laughs for the majority of the running time, yet still manages to draw the viewer in with a slightly more earnest subplot. The chemistry between headliners Mac and Samuel L. Jackson provides more than enough energy to sustain the good vibes straight through the final showstopper, with a special postscript serving to send the audience out with a warm smile. In 1965, Marcus Hooks John Legend, Floyd Henderson Mac, and Louis Hinds Jackson were just three kids singing doo-wop harmonies around a fire barrel when legendary record producer Willie Mitchell caught an earful of their infectious harmonizing. Two short years later, Marcus Hooks and the Real Deal had signed to Hi Records, and they quickly became one of the most popular soul acts in America. But success can't last forever, and it wasn't long before Hooks decided to strike out on his own. Though Floyd and Lewis would do their best to keep the Real Deal going, scoring one breakout hit with "Walk in the Park," clashing egos and "creative differences" would eventually break the duo apart. Flash-forward to the new millennium, when Hooks has won a staggering total of 19 Grammy Awards while Floyd and Lewis languish in obscurity. Then, one day, while considering suicide with a mouthful of pills and a bottle of liquor, Floyd is shocked to see a news report that Hooks has suddenly dropped dead just before he was slated to be inducted in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. In order to celebrate Hooks' career, Hi Records has organized a lavish tribute concert at the Apollo Theater. Will Floyd and Lewis be able to put aside their differences long enough to drive cross-country and perform together on-stage one last time, or will lingering grudges ultimately cause the pair's already-tenuous relationship to implode long before they reach New York City? As in any road movie, it's essential that the main players share a chemistry, so that the viewer won't mind staying with them as they share the same cramped car space from highway to byway -- and it couldn't be more fun watching Mac and Jackson bicker their way cross-country while stopping off at the occasional dive bar to brush up on their act. And though Soul Men works infectiously well as a sort of anti-buddy comedy during the first act, things get even better once they stop off to visit an old friend, and wind up with another passenger in the form of frustrated waitress Cleo Sharon Leal. Not only does Cleo's presence help to elevate the story by providing a curious link to Floyd and Lewis' contentious past, but she might just be a sign of things to come as well. Leal easily holds her own opposite formidable talents Mac and Jackson, gradually coming out of her shell as she begins to hone her skills as a talented singer in her own right. Likewise, the soundtrack -- a satisfying mix of old-school hits, soulful new songs, and retro-fitted compositions for the fictional bands featured in the film -- goes a long way in keeping the fun vibes flowing throughout. Supporting roles are a bit of a mixed bag, as Affion Crockett comes off a bit too cartoonish in his early scenes as Cleo's abusive boyfriend to be considered an actual threat later on, and Adam Herschman veers a tad too far into Judah Friedlander territory as the record-label intern who goes to extraordinary lengths to accommodate his idols the Real Deal. It's a joy to watch soul legend Isaac Hayes in one of his final roles -- even if he doesn't have much to do here -- and a warm coda dedicated to both of the recently deceased Soul Men stars highlights just what a humble performer Mac was, and what a truly tragic loss it was to see him taken just as he was beginning to emerge as a talented leading man.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/10/2009
  • UPC: 796019818070
  • Original Release: 2008
  • Rating:

  • Source: Weinstein Company
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:38:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 22,558

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Samuel L. Jackson Louis Hinds
Bernie Mac Floyd
Sharon Leal Cleo Whitfield
Adam Herschman Phillip Newman
Sean Hayes Danny Epstein
Affion Crockett Lester
John Legend Marcus Hooks
Isaac Hayes Himself
Jennifer Coolidge Rosalee
Fatso Fasano
Jackie Long
Technical Credits
Malcolm D. Lee Director
Charles Castaldi Producer
Stanley Clarke Score Composer
Aisha Coley Casting
Robert Eber Sound/Sound Designer
David T. Friendly Producer
Steve Greener Producer
Bill Henry Editor
Danielle Hollowell Costumes/Costume Designer
Richard Hoover Production Designer
Matthew Leonetti Cinematographer
W. Mark McNair Executive Producer
Paul Millspaugh Editor
Robert Ramsey Screenwriter
Meghan C. Rogers Art Director
Jamal Sims Choreography
Donald Sparks Associate Producer, Asst. Director
Alex Steyermark Musical Direction/Supervision
Matthew Stone Screenwriter
Bob Weinstein Executive Producer
Harvey Weinstein Executive Producer
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Soul Men
1. The Early Days [3:01]
2. Losing Marcus [5:33]
3. Going to See Louis [8:36]
4. Off to the Comeback [3:23]
5. Sweet Soul Sounds [4:10]
6. Flat Tire [5:09]
7. Boogie On Down [7:49]
8. A Visit to Tulsa [4:48]
9. Sampling a Bass Line [2:57]
10. An Invitation [1:33]
11. Bedtime [1:47]
12. A Star is Born [1:23]
13. Lester Gets His [3:53]
14. Back In Memphis [2:58]
15. House of Soul [4:36]
16. Royalties & Revelations [5:29]
17. Trouble In Soul City [4:22]
18. Jail Break [:28]
19. Comeback Cancelled [4:52]
20. Return to the Apollo [3:48]
21. Marcus Hooks and the Real Deal Reuntied [7:21]
22. End Credits [5:59]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- Soul Men
   Play Movie
   Captions & Subtitles
      English For the Hearing Impaired
      Spanish
      None
   Scene Selections
   Special Features
      View the Film With Commentary By Director Malcolm Lee and Writers Matt Stone & Rob Ramsey: On
      View the Film With Commentary By Director Malcolm Lee and Writers Matt Stone & Rob Ramsey: Off
      The Soul Men: Bernie Mac & Samuel L. Jackson
      The Cast of Soul Men
      Director Malcolm Lee
      A Tribute to Bernie Mac
      A Tribute to Isaac Hayes
      Boogie Ain't Nuttin': Behind-the-Scenes
      Bernie Mac at the Apollo
      Theatrical Trailer
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