Chuck Berry Hail! Hail! Rock 'n' Roll
Hackford's love for early rock 'n' roll is evident throughout, and that he managed to get Berry talking as much as he does is a minor miracle. There are still some clumsy moments, though: bringing up Berry's prison term only to be told he won't talk about it and sugesting that Berry's had a lot of fun with groupies. Still, it's the music that rings true, and that has been ringing true for 30 years. You may learn more about Chuck Berry than you want to know (and a lot less than he'll let you know), but you'll also find yourself rocking and rolling, any old way you choose it.
Richard Harrington, Washington Post, 9.10. 1987
With: Chuck Berry, Keith Richards, Eric Clapton, John Lennon, Jerry Lee Lewis
Director: Taylor Hackford