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Charlie Is My Darling (film)

Charlie Is My Darling
Poster for the 2012 restored version
Directed by Peter Whitehead (1966)
Michael Gochanour (2012)
Produced by Andrew Loog Oldham (1966)
Robin Klein (2012)
Starring The Rolling Stones
Cinematography Peter Whitehead
Edited by Peter Whitehead (1966)
Nathan Punwar (2012)
Release dates
  • October 1966 (1966-10) (IFFMH)
  • 29 September 2012 (2012-09-29) (NYFF)
Running time
64 minutes
Country UK (1966 version)
USA (2012 version)
Language English

Charlie Is My Darling, directed by Peter Whitehead and produced by the Rolling Stones' manager Andrew Loog Oldham, was the first documentary film about the Rolling Stones. The film was shot during the band's second tour of Ireland that year, on 3 and 4 September 1965, and was finished in the spring of 1966.[1] It was given its premiere at the Mannheim Film Festival in October 1966,[2] but was never released officially in its full length, due to the legal fights between the Rolling Stones and Allen Klein[3] and a burglary in Andrew Loog Oldham's office, which saw all prints disappear.[4] Shorter versions have circulated since then, however.[5]

In 2012, a restored and extended version was finally released by Allen Klein's ABKCO Records, which owns the rights to all older Stones material.

The 64 minutes documentary follows the group from their car trip out of London to Heathrow Airport, and from there to Dublin where they had two concerts at the Adelphi Theatre on 3 September. The next day they take a train up to Belfast for two concerts at the ABC Theatre, before returning to London by plane the following day.

Besides stage shots from the concerts (where the second Dublin concert ends in total chaos as fans storm the stage), the film contains scenes from a hotel room in Dublin (where Keith and Mick for fun do a few Beatles songs as well as a couple of their own), scenes from their train trip to Belfast, another impromptu song session by a piano (with both Keith and Andrew Oldham playing the piano while Mick impersonates Elvis Presley and sings Fats Domino's version of "Blueberry Hill"), and finally their flight back to London. Intermixed with this are interviews with the band members where they talk about fame, fans and future.

The restored version premiered at the Walter Reade Theater in New York City on 29 September 2012, as part of the 2012 New York Film Festival, and was released on DVD and Blu-ray in November 2012.[6] On 25 November 2012, it was shown by BBC Two as part of BBC's "The Rolling Stones at 50" celebrations. According to BBC's website, it was the first TV broadcast of the 47-year-old documentary.[7]


Chart (2012) Peak
Argentinian Music DVDs Chart[8] 3
Australian Music DVDs Chart[9] 13
Austrian Music DVDs Chart[10] 3
Danish Music DVDs Chart[11] 5
Dutch Music DVDs Chart[12] 12
German Albums Chart[13] 54
Irish Music DVDs Chart[14] 3
Italian Music DVDs Chart[15] 12
Spanish Music DVDs Chart[16] 14
Swedish Music DVDs Chart[17] 6
Swiss Music DVDs Charts[18] 8
UK Music Videos Chart[19] 11


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  3. ^ Charlie is My DarlingPeter Whitehead's website: Retrieved 2 December 2012
  4. ^ Rebecca Kemp interview with Andrew Loog Oldham Retrieved 2 December 2012
  5. ^ "Charlie is My Darling": The Rolling Stones in 1965Richard Brody, The New Yorker, October 3, 2012: Retrieved 2 December 2012
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  7. ^ The Rolling Stones: Charlie is My DarlingBBC Two: Retrieved 2 December 2012
  8. ^ Select Ranking Mensual de DVD under the first drop-down menu and select 01/11/2012 under the second menu.
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External links

  • Charlie Is My Darling at the Internet Movie Database
  • Charlie is My Darling, reviewVariety, October 26, 1966: Retrieved 2 December 2012
  • The Story of Charlie Is My DarlingThe Arts Desk, 26 November 2012: Retrieved 2 December 2012
  • Official website for the new, restored version Retrieved 2 December 2012
  • The Rolling Stones, "Charlie is My Darling - Ireland 1965" - DVD reviewUltimate Classic Rock, November 2012: Retrieved 2 December 2012
  • "Charlie is My Darling": The Rolling Stones in 1965Richard Brody, The New Yorker, October 3, 2012: Retrieved 2 December 2012
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