Stony Island 1978
Before embarking on his brief run as a top-notch director of Hollywood action movies, a streak that culminated with The Fugitive (1993), Chicago filmmaker Andrew Davis made his feature debut with this semi-autobiographical drama about the formation and travails of a fictional R&B band from the Chicago enclave Stony Island. What makes Stony Island so much fun to watch in 2021 is its time-capsule qualities.

Guileless guitarist Richie Bloom has come to Chicago with a dream. He wants to start a band, so he does, with the help of his vocalist Stony Island neighbor Edward “Stoney” Robinson and Percy Price, a beloved tenor sax veteran of the Chicago music scene. Slowly, they piece together a grooving big-funk band, but just as it all starts to click, Price, their spiritual leader, tragically dies. With their first big gig on the horizon, the Stony Island Band must pull together to find a way to give the destitute Price a proper send-off.

Director: Andrew Davis
Cast: Richard Davis, Edward Stoney Robinson, George Englund Jr., Gene Barge, Ronnie Barron, Tennyson Stephens, Larry Ball, Windy Barnes
Country: USA
Genre: Drama, Music

DVD9 | English 16:9 | 01:35:46 | 5.86 Gb + 3% rec
Language: English
Subtitles: none

-- The Making of Stony Island: Music Makes Us One
-- Alternate Ending