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October 20, 2007

Joe Strummer: The Future is Unwritten

Joestrummer Julien Temple, the director of the notable Sex Pistols documentary "Filth and the Fury," proves he's the right man to make a documentary about the Clash's late frontman. From Joe Strummer's (AKA John Mellors) unsettled childhood as the son of a diplomat and the brother of a boy who committed suicide, through his teenage days spent as a bohemian squatter and on to his life with the Clash and then the Mascaleros, Temple brings Joe Strummer's life full-circle. Martin Scorsese, Bono, Johnny Depp, John Cusack, and Mick Jones are among those interviewed to share their memories of one of the most influential singer/songwriters of the Punk movement. The cumulative effect of this great documentary is to give viewers a strong sense of Strummer's uncompromising humanitarian ideals. You'll laugh, you'll cheer, you'll shed a tear.

Not Rated. 125 mins. (A) (Five Stars)

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