Best Music Movies of 1997

1.

Selena

5.0

In this biographical drama, Selena Quintanilla is born into a musical Mexican-American family in Texas. Her father, Abraham, realizes that his young daughter is talented and begins performing with her at small venues. She finds success and falls for her guitarist, Chris Perez, who draws the ire of her father. Seeking mainstream stardom, Selena begins recording an English-language album which, tragically, she would never complete.

Starring: Jennifer Lopez, Edward James Olmos, Constance Marie, Jon Seda, Lupe Ontiveros
Directed by: Gregory Nava
Release date: 1997-03-21
2.

Beastie Boys: Sabotage

4.3
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Includes the songs: Djembe, Gratitude (Live), Sabotage, The Hurricane Freestyle, Triphamnmer, Skills To Pay The Bills (Live), Time For Living, Sabrosa, Something's Got to Give, Screaming At a Wall (Live), Namaste' (Live), Futterman's Rule, 5-Piece Chicken Dinner, Jimmy James, Conga + Bass, Mullethead, Ricky's Theme, and So What 'Cha Want (Live with Cypress Hill).
Starring: Adam Yauch, Adam Horovitz, Mike D, DJ Hurricane
Directed by: Spike Jonze
Release date: 1997-12-10
3.

Ghosts

3.9
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The film tells the story of a scary Maestro with supernatural powers, who is being forced out of a small town by its mayor. The movie includes a series of dance routines performed by Michael Jackson and his "family" of ghouls. Every song from the film was taken from Michael Jackson's HIStory and Blood on the Dance Floor albums.
Starring: Michael Jackson, Pat Dade, Amy Smallman, Edwina Moore, Yasiin Bey
Directed by: Stan Winston
Release date: 1997-09-04
4.

Paul McCartney: In the World Tonight

3.7
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A look at Paul's work as he finishes his latest record, entitled Flaming Pie. Includes snippets from the tracks on the album, plus Paul gives a tour of his home recording studio. The best scene is where he joins George Martin at Abbey Road Studios to record the orchestra for 'Beautiful Night'.
Starring: Paul McCartney, Linda McCartney, George Martin, Ringo Starr, Jeff Lynne
Directed by: Geoff Wonfor
Release date: 1997-05-02
5.

Cats Don't Dance

3.7

Danny, an ambitious singing/dancing cat, goes to Hollywood and overcomes several obstacles to fulfill his dream of becoming a movie star.

Starring: Scott Bakula, Jasmine Guy, Natalie Cole, Ashley Peldon, Lindsay Ridgeway
Directed by: Mark Dindal
Release date: 1997-03-26
6.

Annabelle's Wish

3.6

A lovable calf named Annabelle born on Christmas Eve has a very special wish... to fly like one of Santa's reindeer. Based on the farm legend that Santa gives voices to the animals for one day each year, this tender tale of friendship and compassion begins when Annabelle makes friends with Billy, a young boy who cannot talk, and a friendly bunch of barnyard animals. Together they contend with Billy's mean aunt and the bullies in the neighborhood. Annabelle shows everyone the true meaning of Christmas by making one very special wish come true.

Starring: Randy Travis, Kath Soucie, Aria Noelle Curzon, Jerry Van Dyke, Jennifer Darling
Directed by: Roy Wilson
Release date: 1997-10-21
7.

Cinderella

3.4
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This is the third television version of Rodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella; a musical written for television, with music by Richard Rodgers and a book and lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II.This 1997 television remake was adapted by Robert L. Freedman and directed by Robert Iscove, with choreography by Rob Marshall. It was produced by Whitney Houston and Debra Martin Chase for Walt Disney Television and aired on November 2, 1997. Sixty million viewers watched the broadcast. Several songs were added, including "Falling in Love with Love" from the musical The Boys from Syracuse, sung by the Stepmother; "The Sweetest Sounds" from the musical No Strings, sung by Cinderella and the Prince; and "There's Music in You," written for the 1953 film Main Street to Broadway, sung as the finale by the Fairy Godmother.
Starring: Brandy Norwood, Whitney Houston, Victor Garber, Whoopi Goldberg, Bernadette Peters
Directed by: Robert Iscove
Release date: 1997-11-02
8.

Fleetwood Mac: The Dance

3.3
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Recorded live at Warner Brothers Studios in Burbank, Fleetwood Mac performs their greatest hits – including the classics 'Rhiannon', 'Everywhere', 'Dreams', 'Don't Stop' and 'Landslide' – and several new songs.
Starring: Lindsey Buckingham, Christine McVie, Mick Fleetwood, Stevie Nicks, John McVie
Directed by: Bruce Gowers
Release date: 1997-08-12
9.

The Tango Lesson

3.3

On a trip to Paris Sally meets Pablo, a tango dancer. He starts teaching her to dance then she returns to London to work on some "projects". She visits Buenos Aires and learns more from Pablo's friends. Sally and Pablo meet again but this time their relationship changes, she realises they want different things from each other. On a trip to Buenos Aires they cement their friendship.

Starring: Sally Potter, Morgane Maugran, Pablo Verón, Géraldine Maillet, Katerina Mechera
Directed by: Sally Potter
Release date: 1997-11-28
10.

Neil Young & Crazy Horse: Year of the Horse

3.3

Indie director Jim Jarmusch lenses a low-tech tribute to protean rocker Neil Young and his long-standing band, Crazy Horse. Stitched together from archival material shot in 1976 and 1986 along with candid scenes of Young and the band kicking back between shows, this rockumentary is as ragged as it is direct. Concert performances include renditions of hits such as "Sedan Delivery" and "Like a Hurricane."

Starring: Neil Young, Frank Sampedo, Billy Talbot, Ralph Molina
Directed by: Jim Jarmusch
Release date: 1997-10-08
11.

Lord of the Dance

3.3
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Filmed at the Point Theatre in Dublin 'Lord of the Dance' takes Irish dancing to spectacular new heights. Orchestrated and conducted by Anne Dudley, inspiring original music by Ronan Hardiman and exhilarating dance starring the sensational Michael Flatley with supporting characters Bernadette Flynn, Daire Nolan, Gillian Norris, Helen Egan and Anne Buckley - Lord of the Dance is a rare and magical experience. Michael Flatley takes to the stage in a stunning Celtic dance spectacular which re-tells Irish folk legend in a dazzling and updated style. Join us when time stood still and Erin was goddess of all... The stories had all been written and everyone knew their parts. But the ancient clans, sitting in their stone circles, heard mumblings and the spirits dream was troubled. A new dark power had emerged to challenge the Lord of the Dance.
Release date: 1997-10-14
12.

U2: Popmart - Live from Mexico City

3.3
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U2 performs live in Mexico City in support of their 1997 album, "Pop," featuring lavish special effects, cutting edge sound and spectacular multimedia enhancement.
Starring: Bono, The Edge, Adam Clayton, Larry Mullen Jr., U2
Directed by: David Mallet
Release date: 1997-12-03
13.

Classic Albums: Paul Simon - Graceland

2.8
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Singer-songwriter Paul Simon had been on the cutting-edge of pop music throughout most of the 1960s and the '70s, first as half of the seminal folk-rock duo Simon & Garfunkel, and then as a well-received solo artist. But the rise of 1980s rock and new wave saw a decline in Simon's commercial success, and the singer responded by experimenting with different musical styles--most notably, world beat--that culminated in his adventurous 1986 masterpiece GRACELAND. The album's fusion of American folk-rock songwriting and buoyant South African rhythms not only broke new ground in pop music, but became Simon's biggest-selling solo record. This episode of the CLASSIC ALBUMS series examines the making of Simon's groundbreaking work through interviews, behind-the-scenes footage, music videos, and live performances of album tracks such as "Boy in the Bubble," "Diamonds on the Soles of Her Shoes," "You Can Call Me Al," and "Under African Skies."
Starring: Paul Simon
Directed by: Jeremy Marre
Release date: 1997-01-01
14.

Anastasia

2.8
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Young Russian Princess Anastasia is the cherished daughter of the mighty Czar Nicholas. Anastasia’s perfect world changes forever when the evil monk Rasputin topples the Czar from power. Anastasia falls in love with the dashing young soldier, Alexander, who helps the young princess flee for her life.
Directed by: Diane Eskenazi
Release date: 1997-05-20
15.

Obsession

2.1

Two men become entangled in a torrid love affair with the same woman. Pierre is Miriam's longtime lover. John is desperately searching for clues about his past when he and Miriam have a fateful encounter in a Berlin train station. The allure of forbidden love becomes irresistible, and an intense love triangle is ignited. Who will Miriam choose? Who will walk away? For two men who desperately adore the same woman and for the woman who loves them equally...there is no easy way out.

Starring: Heike Makatsch, Daniel Craig, Seymour Cassel, Allen Garfield, Marie-Christine Barrault
Directed by: Peter Sehr
Release date: 1997-08-28
16.

Verdi: La Forza del Destino

2.0
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Taped live at the Mariinsky Theater in St. Petersburg, Valery Gergiev conducts this landmark production of Giuseppe Verdi's operatic masterpiece. This opera premiered at the Mariinsky Theatre in 1862, and is performed here in its original St. Petersburg version using reconstructions of the magnificent painted scenery.
Starring: Galina Gorchakova, Nikolai Putilin, Gegam Grigorian, Marianna Tarasova
Directed by: Elijah Moshinsky
Release date: 1997-12-30
17.

Andrea Bocelli - A Night in Tuscany

1.9
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A Night in Tuscany is the first DVD released by Italian singer Andrea Bocelli of a concert held in his native Tuscany, in 1997, highlighting the unique blend of Classical, Pop, and traditional Italian songs that made him a crossover success as an internationally acclaimed tenor. The concert takes place at the Piazza dei Cavalieri in Pisa. Bocelli performs two opera duets with soprano Nuccia Focile during the concert, before singing Miserere with Italian rock star Zucchero, who discovered him, and Time To Say Goodbye with English soprano Sarah Brightman
Starring: Andrea Bocelli, Sarah Brightman
Directed by: David Amphlett
Release date: 1997-04-13
18.

The Rolling Stones: Bridges to Babylon Tour '97-98

1.8
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Bridges to Babylon Tour '97–98 by The Rolling Stones is a video from a concert which was filmed in St. Louis, Missouri 12-December-1997 during the Bridges to Babylon Tour 1997-1998. It features a single, massive oval video screen behind the band on the main stage, a stripped-down set on a small stage in the middle of the arena floor, and guest appearances by Dave Matthews ("Wild Horses") and Josh Redman.
Starring: Mick Jagger, Charlie Watts, Ronnie Wood, Keith Richards
Directed by: Bruce Gowers
Release date: 1997-12-12
19.

Mozart: Die Entführung Aus Dem Serail

1.7
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The celebrated three-act opera by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart comes to life in this dynamic performance at the world-famous Salzburg Festival. Director Francois Abou Salem brings a modern Middle Eastern sensibility to this journey into Arabian and Muslim culture, filtering the comic tale of abduction for today's audiences. Soprano Christine Schafer portrays Constanze, a woman whose heart is torn between her fiance, Belmonte (Paul Groves), and her new master, Pasha Selim (Akram Tillawi). A sensual and resoundingly modern experience, this new interpretation casts new light on a classic musical work and infuses it with aching human emotion.
Starring: Christine Schäfer, Paul Groves, Akram Tillawi, Franz Hawlata, Malin Hartelius
Directed by: Aleandre Tarta
Release date: 1997-09-16
20.

Classic Whitney: Live from Washington, D.C.

1.7
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Following her smash hit success with "The Bodyguard" with Kevin Costner, Whitney Houston's fame rose to global superstar. In this 1997 HBO Special, Whitney Houston shows off her chops, demonstrating why she earned the name "The Voice" by soaring to amazing heights, and invites some of her friends up on stage, including Bobby Brown, Bebe Winans and more.
Starring: Whitney Houston, BeBe Winans, Bobby Brown, Cissy Houston
Directed by: Marty Callner
Release date: 1997-10-01

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