Original Release Date: March 13, 2018
This authorized documentary explores the music and backstory of the legendary American band. With the songs from the first six Skynyrd albums driving the narration, the film focuses on the story of frontman Ronnie Van Zant – his upbringing, his roots, his work ethic and his contradictory persona as both as a mythic Southern rock poet and notorious boozed-up brawler, as well as the relationships between his friends and fellow founding members Gary Rossington and Allen Collins, along with later bandmates Ed King and Artimus Pyle.
The film relates, in mostly chronological order, the story of the band which began in Jacksonville, Florida, and which nearly came to an end with the 1977 plane crash in a Mississippi forest that killed six people including founding member Ronnie Van Zant, guitarist Steve Gaines and backup singer Cassie Gaines. The band reformed 10 years later with Johnny Van Zant taking his brother’s place as lead vocalist. Much of the film is narrated by Gary Rossington, the last surviving member of the original lineup, and includes copious amounts of archival photos and footage and interviews from both past and present.
Cast: Ronnie Van Zant (archive footage), Johnny Van Zant, Gary Rossington, Edward King, Artimus Pyle, Al Kooper, Judy Van Zant, Steve Gaines, Cassie Gaines and Allen Collins
Total Running Time is 1 Hour 37 Minutes