Gimme Danger

Director Jim Jarmusch
United States / 108 min. / 2016 / English

Holler it from the rooftops: Jim Jarmusch and The Stooges!  This meticulous film puts the most loutish and dangerous rock’n’roll band in context, and the spotlight on Iggy Pop, the bare-chested beast unleashed. A subjective and affectionate (fan) perspective reveals the burning desire for revenge; the rebellion, otherness and protopunk din of the four geeky freaks. 

Gimme danger kicks off with defeat: the day on which The Stooges threw in the towel and went back home to live with their parents: the moment of surrender. This is a classic Jim Jarmusch tactic. The exhilarating bit is about to hit. Gimme danger is a master documentary. Through interviews with members and next of kin, especially the Ashetons, James Williamson and Jim Ostenberg “starring as Iggy Pop” (live from the laundry room), and with the help of animation and TV clips, this film traces the entire history of the band, a quartet that’s legendary today “but was trash back then”. It highlights the influences (MC5, Bitches Brew, James Brown) and the influenced (the entire punk scene), seasoned with major and miniscule details: the Iggy “dance” and his “invention” of stage diving; the bare-chested thing, “Pharaoh stile”. It’s a documentary that touches the important stuff: the reason for The Stooges. A film that, despite not shying away from the drugs, the arrests, the nudism and the brawls, prefers to unearth the revolutionary role of the band. Iggy hasn’t lost his oomph, he’s still taking the piss out of soft rock (jibing at Joe Cocker and Crosby, Stills & Nash), he’s still attacking the “political-industrial complex of corrupt artists and wicked managers”. It’s possible that Iggy’s dead right when they ask him on TV: “Have you influenced anyone?” and he merely answers: “I think I helped to erase the Seventies.”

GIMME DANGER (Official Movie Site) - In Theatres October 28

Emerging from Ann Arbor Michigan amidst a countercultural revolution, The Stooges' powerful and aggressive style of rock-n-roll blew a crater in the musical landscape of the late 1960s. Assaulting audiences with a blend of rock, blues, R&B, and free jazz, the band planted the seeds for what would be called punk and alternative rock in the decades that followed.


Showing format

in festivals
Festival Cannes 2016, Midnight Screenings - San Sebastián 2016, Zabaltegui/Tabakalera

Iggy Pop, Ron Asheton, Danny Fields, Scott Asheton, Matt Watt, James Williamson, Kathy Asheton, Steve Mackay...


Sound designer

Film company
Low Mind Films, New Element Media

Film distributor

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