About the film

This year marks the 60th anniversary of Motown Records, so there’s no better time to revisit this 2002 documentary about the crackerjack players who made up Motown’s house band during the Detroit label’s Hitsville heyday. Unrecognized and uncredited while providing the musical backdrop for acts like the Four Tops, the Temptations and the Supremes, the group informally known as the Funk Brothers played on countless hits. The film tells their stories and puts players like Johnny Griffith, Richard (Pistol) Allen and Benny Benjamin in the spotlight as they perform the tunes they helped make famous accompanied by modern-day stars.


12:30 p.m. Sun., April 14
ford Theatre

Film credits

Rated PG; language and thematic elements
Run time: 1 hour, 48 minutes
Director: Paul Justman
Writers: Walter Dallas, Ntozake Shange, Alan Slutsky
Director of photography: Douglas Milsome