Glen Campbell

Glen Campbell

I'll Be Me

DVD - 2015
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They thought it would last five weeks instead it went for 151 spectacular sold out shows over a triumphant year and a half across America. What made this tour extraordinary was that Glen had recently been diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease. He was told to hang up his guitar and prepare for the inevitable. Instead, Glen and his wife went public with his diagnosis and announced that he and his family would set out on a "Goodbye Tour".
Publisher: New York, NY : Virgil Films, 2015.
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (116 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Alternative Title: Glen Campbell :

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jeanenelson
Feb 06, 2017

Very well done and touches the heart.

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ilovewhippets
Feb 01, 2017

While I have heard and enjoyed his songs, I did not know his name or anything about Glen Campbell! This really helped me to get to know this very talented Entertainer!
Outstanding Documentary! Heart-felt and personal! One of the best documentaries on a Musician and an Entertainer! Beautiful songs and performances!
I highly recommend it!

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Nursebob
Dec 09, 2016

Documentarian James Keach was invited to join the Campbells, including wife Kim and a handful of adult children who now play in the band, as they set out on his final tour and the result is an insightful, playful, and at times unbearably sad testament to a music legend whose powers are quickly fading. Scenes of domestic life are intercut with grim doctors’ visits where an obviously ailing but resolutely brave Campbell smiles and jokes his way past the gaps in his memory while Kim gently guides him in the right direction. But on stage, surrounded by cheering fans, he somehow comes back to life whipping out one hit after another from Los Angeles to New York until the ravages of Alzheimer’s bring the tour to a quiet but no less dignified end. An assortment of famous talking heads from the music industry give the usual words of praise you’d expect—a few of them even opening up about how the disease affected their own family—but a trip to D.C. where the Campbells were slated to testify before a house committee on Alzheimer’s research provides an unfortunate opportunity for the likes of John Boehner to gush and posture in front of the camera. Still powerful despite a few false steps, Keach’s film opens with an intense collage of old film clips set to Glen’s stirring rendition of “Classical Gas” and ends, appropriately enough, with his prophetic final song, the Oscar-nominated “I’m Not Going to Miss You”. Tragic and triumphant in equal measure.

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BridgettM
Aug 25, 2016

This is a very good but heartbreaking documentary. It is focused on Glen Campbell and his family coping with his Alzheimer's diagnosis and his final tour. It was about the right length, but I would have liked more time at the beginning devoted to a short recap of his career; the concert footage could have been reduced a little to accommodate this. It was incredibly informative but heartbreaking to see the disease progress.

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mariho
Jul 30, 2016

Very moving and educational documentary on a legendary star. If you know someone who has Alzheimer, you'll understand how amazing this man keeps on going and playing music because its an impossible task to be at that stage in the illness to do so.

smc01 Mar 21, 2016

Glen Campbell and his family deserve recognition for the courage to share their sometimes difficult story with the public. How amazing that Campbell was able to do a goodbye tour as his Alzheimer's progressed. So much honesty to be admired, and very moving. Loved the music, too.

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darcerama
Jan 29, 2016

You don't have to be a Glen Campbell fan to appreciate this literal journey to keep the integrity of this amazing musician's connection to his art, family and memories by way of a farewell tour while decompensating from Alzheimer's. The vulnerability of he and his family in this monumental endeavor just shines a light on their strength and love, as well as their courage to share it with the world.

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PearlyKayAm1
Jan 02, 2016

I've always been a Glenn Campbell fan & found this documentary to be touching, well-paced, and interesting.

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VcrRocker
Nov 04, 2015

This excellent Doc goes easy on the drama, and basically let's the story tell itself. It allowed me to understand Alzheimers more clearly. I'm sure we will all wait for the "trainwreck moment" - Glen falling apart at a live show, but oddly enough, Campbell and band survive over 150 shows before calling it quits. The live performances are solid enough. It's not a autobiography film - it's more focused on the tour. I was amazed at what the caregiver (usually a family member) goes through on so many different levels - an educational, inspiring, and entertaining film.

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8372s
Oct 15, 2015

Having lived with someone who had alzheimer's it is pretty remarkable how Glens musical ability really didn't fade like other things.

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