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Northern Soul (2015)



Critic Consensus: Northern Soul overcomes its spotty narrative with a likable cast, rich period atmosphere, and a killer soundtrack that perfectly captures the time.

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The film tells the tale of two Northern boys whose worlds are changed forever when they discover black American soul music. Northern Soul was phenomenally popular with British youths in the 1970s, taking the North of the country by storm. Northern Soul the film intends to appeal to those generations of fans while attracting a modern audience who can relate to youth culture from another era. If you were there, you'll know. If you weren't there, you'll wish you had been.

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Steve Coogan
as Mr. Banks
Christian McKay
as John's Dad
James Lance
as DJ Ray Henderson
Daniel Coll
as Yarwood
Rob Baker Ashton
as Undercover Copper
Patrick Fryer
as Angela's Ex
Mary Joanna Coogan
as Undercover Girl
Earl Coogan
as Child in Street
Lenny Coogan
as Child in Street
Thomas Garside
as Undercover Copper Ben
Michael Farrell
as Village Yob
Joseph Marshall
as DJ Joe Marsh
Mark Sheals
as Leeds Bouncer
Mathew J. Staton
as Street Record Seller
Carlo Santucci
as Child at Window
Ricky Tomlinson
as John's Grandad
Kirsten Varley
as Ray's Girlfriend
James Whitehead
as Record Dealer
Madison Wilson
as Child in Street
Tina Harris
as Nurse Louisa Smith
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Critic Reviews for Northern Soul

All Critics (38) | Top Critics (18)

The movie is carried by the two hard-dancing leads, whose sweat-soaked strutting demands attention.

October 23, 2015 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

Rich in period detail, it's as transportative to the shuffling spins, fashion subculture and euphoric, amphetamine-fuelled all-nighters of 1974 Lancashire and the cult-following DJs of the Wigan Casino as a documentary, turned up to 11.

October 23, 2015 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

The film has a ferocious, shaggy energy that mirrors that of the testosterone-, amphetamine- and adrenaline-pumped boys.

October 7, 2015 | Full Review…

Where this movie comes up short is in bringing any kind of real life to its bildungsroman side.

October 2, 2015 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

The first feature from writer-director Elaine Constantine, herself a Northern soul veteran, the film follows a fairly familiar innocent-led-astray storyline.

October 2, 2015 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…

Funny and feisty, gritty and sometimes grim, this first feature from the photographer Elaine Constantine delivers a sweaty snapshot of a very specific time and place.

October 1, 2015 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Northern Soul


A really engrossing look at how US soul music reached the UK in the 70's and the scene that accompanied it. Great performances from the well known actors but the main actors who are not that well known, along with the superb soundtrack, really steal the show and keep you watching.

Ian Walker
Ian Walker

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