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Street Survivors: The True Story of the Lynyrd Skynyrd Plane Crash (Cleopatra Entertainment) [Movie Review]



Unsure of what to expect out of Street Survivors: The True Story of the Lynyrd Skynrd Plane Crash? Y’all are in for a pleasant surprise because it’s heartfelt, heartwarming, and heartbreaking. Without too many spoilers, the gents had several chances to ditch the plane after Aerosmith already refused to fly on it and proclaimed it a POS. Sometimes throwing chance to the wind isn’t your best bet, but when a band lives life as hard as Skynyrd you can double-dog bet there’s going to be a few brick walls to face after a wall of platinum albums.

Artimus Pyle (played by Ian Shultis) illustrates life through good and bad while the band races ahead of themselves towards the finish line of the afterlife. Lynyrd Skynrd is a group we need in this time of distress because the South should be gracefully represented with all racial socialism cast aside. They were not a racist band led by a bigot, and racism is out of control only penning brother against brother not unlike things we’ve witnessed decade after decade since the beginning of time. There’s a huge hodgepodge that’s been alive and well between the united races, and you can’t judge a human by location, religion, belief, tradition, nor skin color, and I believe Artimus is a true gentleman that showcases this declaration.

When the plane goes down in Street Survivors I guarantee there won’t be a dry eye in the house as the story bleeds Red, White, and Blue. An American band that dwells deep in the center of justice and injustice that envelopes everything that our country represents. Brothers and Sisters united… not divided. This is a most historic and proper POV depiction of the Lynyrd Skynrd story, and it’s a harrowing rendezvous in the annals of rock and roll history.

Street Survivors will rip your heart out with near-perfect clarification of a previously well-reported but poorly documented tragic ending. If everyone would take the time to stop and smile the way Artimus did when we crossed paths in my little ol’ podunk hometown, you might realize while we’re all Freebirds, change depends on you.


Director: Jared Cohn
Starring: Ian Shultis, Taylor Clift, Samuel Kay Forrest, Rich Dally III, Neill Byrnes, Anthony Rocco Bovo, Mark Dippolito
Distributor: Cleopatra Entertainment
Release Date: June 30, 2020 (US)
Run Time: 92 minutes

I was born in the late 60's amongst hippies and bikers. Cut my teeth on 70's rock and roll surrounded by motorheads and potheads, and in the 80's spread my wings and flourished as a guitarist. In the 90's I became a semi-professional musician knocking on death metals door, as well as entering the world as a freelance writer. In the 2000's I moved to Hollywood and watched the music industry crumble in front of my dreams and then took a break. Now, in the early 2020s I'm ready to rock again… or swing, blues, bluegrass, country, jazz, classical, etc. Its not so much a job to me anymore, but a great way to express myself and have a good time, and, "I know, its only rock and roll but I like it".