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Hysteria: The Def Leppard Story
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Hysteria: The Def Leppard Story

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Director: Robert Mandel

Cast: Karl Geary, Orlando Seale, Adam MacDonald

 
The saga of pop metal superstars Def Leppard is told in this biopic, produced by cable television music channel VH1. The film traces the band's history from their origins as a teenage hard rock act in the English industrial town of Sheffield to the massive success they enjoyed worldwide as multi-platinum recording artists. Def Leppard's rise to the top is depicted as

Overview

The saga of pop metal superstars Def Leppard is told in this biopic, produced by cable television music channel VH1. The film traces the band's history from their origins as a teenage hard rock act in the English industrial town of Sheffield to the massive success they enjoyed worldwide as multi-platinum recording artists. Def Leppard's rise to the top is depicted as driven by rabidly dedicated lead singer Joe Elliott (Orlando Seale), though along with the money, supermodels and parties there are tragedies as well. Original guitarist Pete Willis (Nick Bagnall) is sacked when excessive drink affects his performance, drummer Rick Allen (Tat Whalley) loses an arm in a car accident and must endure grueling effort to learn how to play again, and lead guitarist Steve Clark (Karl Geary) struggles with alcoholism as he bounces in and out of rehab centers. Through all the tribulations and excess, however, the band sticks together like brothers and fights to keep rocking as a unit.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Fred Beldin
The true Def Leppard story is wrought with plenty of classic rock star cliches (alcoholism, car accidents, backstage orgies and too-much-too-soon in general), ensuring a sensational approach from the bloodthirsty cable programmers at VH1. Essentially a dramatic recreation of a "Behind The Music" episode, Hysteria: The Def Leppard Story rings false and clueless throughout. In an effort to fit ten years of events into ninety minutes of air time, large portions of the band's history are boiled down into fictional shorthand, with incredibly corny show-biz platitudes spewing from the mouths of actors who don't look anything like their real-life counterparts. The film rushes Def Leppard from obscurity to stardom in order to focus on the tragedies that the band endured and overcame, coming off like a black leather soap opera. Since he never had any public meltdowns, bassist Rick Savage is relegated to near-cameo status, and the filmmakers supply some glib psychoanalysis to explain away guitarist Steve Clark's alcoholism (his old man was too tough on him - case closed). The film wisely concludes with one-armed drummer Rick Allen's overwhelming comeback with the Hysteria album, well before grunge rendered the band's hedonistic party-metal uncommercial and Clark succumbed to his demons in 1991. True Def Leppard fanatics probably already know the story, and any details given here aren't likely to be terribly accurate; Hysteria is clearly aimed at the casual fan, someone who turns up "Rock Of Ages" when it comes on the classic rock radio station, plays a little ironic air guitar and makes fun of people with mullets.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/25/2005
UPC:
0097368748446
Original Release:
2001
Rating:
R
Source:
Paramount
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Full Frame]
Time:
1:29:00
Sales rank:
21,601

Special Features

Closed Caption; [None specified]

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Karl Geary Steve Clark
Orlando Seale Joe Elliott
Adam MacDonald Rick Savage
Esteban Powell Phil Collen
Tat Whalley Rick Allen
Anthony Michael Hall Mutt Lange
Nigel Harvey Rick Allen's Father
Amber Valletta Lorelei Shellist
Priscilla Mouzakiotis Miriam Barendsen
Larry Day Joe Elliot Sr.
Nick Bagnall Pete Willis
Dean McDermott Peter Mensch
Brett Watson Tony Kenning

Technical Credits
Robert Mandel Director
Christopher Ames Screenwriter
Claude Castravelli Producer
Patricia Clifford Producer
Carolyn Shelby Screenwriter

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Crash [5:08]
2. A Band Is Born [6:13]
3. Showtime [3:59]
4. Demo Daze [4:47]
5. Hello America [5:22]
6. Getting it Right [4:30]
7. The New Guitar [7:05]
8. Gold, Girls and Glory [5:59]
9. One Man Down [6:25]
10. Feel the Pain [4:45]
11. Downbeat [7:20]
12. Coming Back [5:27]
13. More Than Serious [4:04]
14. Rehab Blues [3:54]
15. The Hard Road Back [4:02]
16. Last Chance Dance [9:36]

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Hysteria: The Def Leppard Story 2.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
okay i personally loved hysteria if you read on here some dude is making all these weird speculation...but don't read there review they are completely wrong...hysteria is an incredibly touching movie...i originally saw it on VH1 Classic but i have just purchased it...dude this movie is incredible...BUY IT!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Guest More than 1 year ago
It was very boring, not good cast, most of the movie was wrong for example rick allen was in a red car or the person that made him reck was in a red car. When he crashed he didn't crash in a grad rail he crashed into a brick wall. The last thing was not pete,steve, and sav(rick savage) started atomic mass but joe,sav,and steve did and some other drummer not rick allen.