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Only the Strong Survive (2002)

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A film featuring the veteran soul music artists and music of Stax Records.
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Rufus Thomas ... Himself
Carla Thomas Carla Thomas ... Herself
Isaac Hayes ... Himself
Wilson Pickett ... Himself
Mary Wilson ... Herself
Sam Moore ... Himself
The Chi-Lites The Chi-Lites ... Themselves
Ann Peebles Ann Peebles ... Herself
Jerry Butler ... Himself
Jaye Michael Davis Jaye Michael Davis ... Himself
Don Bryant Don Bryant ... Himself
Luther Ingram ... Himself
Joyce Moore Joyce Moore ... Herself
Jon Tiver Jon Tiver ... Himself
Gail Webb Gail Webb ... Herself
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Storyline

Stax Records launched the careers of Otis Redding, Sam & Dave, Carla & Rufus Thomas, and Booker T. & The MGs back in the 1960s and 70s. But then disco hit big and all but wiped soul music off the map. This documentary harkens back to the golden era of soul and catches up with the carriers of the Stax dynasty, including Wilson Pickett, Sam Moore, Mary Wilson, Isaac Hayes, and The Chi Lites. Written by Anonymous

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A celebration of soul.

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Documentary | Music

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for brief language and a drug reference | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 August 2003 (Austria) See more »

Also Known As:

Csak az erősek élik túl See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$22,035, 11 May 2003

Gross USA:

$57,581

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$63,778
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Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

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1.85 : 1
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Quotes

Jerry Butler: Often times, we don't write our own history. And, so, it gets screwed up. So, we've tried to get ours down, just in case, somebody wants to screw it up.
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Love Child
Written by Pamela Sawyer, Frank Wilson, Deke Richards and Richard Dean Taylor (as R. Dean Taylor)
Performed by Mary Wilson
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For musical purists of the high-order
19 May 2003 | by george.schmidtSee all my reviews

ONLY THE STRONG SURVIVE (2003) *** Featuring: William Bell,

Jerry Butler, The Chi-Lites, Isaac Hayes, Sam Moore, Ann Peebles, Wilson Pickett, Sir Mack Rice, Carla Thomas, Rufus Thomas, Mary Wilson. Entertaining documentary by vets Chris Hegedus and D.A. Pennebaker focusing on the pioneering r&b, soul & pop singers and musicians of Stax records among others thru interviews interspersed with the still on-fire performers in action on stage and in concert. Note: the film is dedicated to Rufus Thomas who passed away shortly prior to the film's release.


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