Tom Sinclair
October 03, 1997 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Freebird...the Movie

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
PG
genre
musical

We gave it a B

Lynyrd Skynyrd were the quintessential unpretentious Southern rock band, just a bunch of good ol’ long-haired boys playing good ol’ blues-based rock & roll. This souvenir presents the band at the height of its boogie nights, before the plane crash that killed Ronnie Van Zant and Steve Gaines in 1977. Though interviews with friends and family members are sprinkled throughout Freebird…The Movie, the music does most of the talking, showcasing Skynyrd’s pithily populist songs (no hour-long Allman jams for these fellas) and rousing three-guitar cross talk (best captured on the title track). Hell, they rocked so swell, you can almost forgive them for that rebel-flag backdrop. B

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