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We’ve worked with Magnolia Pictures, the distributor of ONCE WERE BROTHERS, to make it possible for you to see the film — and your ticket helps support the Belcourt.

For $12, you can purchase a ticket for ONCE WERE BROTHERS — and you’ll have a 3-day / 72-hour window to watch it. (Note: You’ll be asked to create an account with Magnolia Pictures to pay for your ticket.)

Magnolia Pictures will share a portion of your ticket payment with the Belcourt. Please note that this arrangement, in these unprecedented times, means we’re unable to offer member pricing. Thanks for your understanding and support. And if you’d like to consider an additional donation to the Belcourt, we’d be most grateful. You can do so here.

Note: ONCE WERE BROTHERS is compatible with desktop, tablet, smartphone, Chromecast, and AirPlay. There are no native apps for smart TVs, Roku, Amazon Fire Stick, or Apple TV.

Inspired by Robertson’s 2017 bestselling memoir Testimony, ONCE WERE BROTHERS: ROBBIE ROBERTSON AND THE BAND is a confessional, cautionary, and sometimes humorous tale of Robertson’s young life and the creation of one of the most enduring groups in the history of popular music. The film blends rare archival footage and interviews with many of Robertson’s friends and collaborators, including Bruce Springsteen, Eric Clapton, Van Morrison, Scorsese, Taj Mahal, Peter Gabriel, David Geffen and Ronnie Hawkins, among others.

“...It doesn’t require a lot of fancy footwork when you’ve got an enthusiastic on-camera fan base including Bruce Springsteen, Scorsese, Eric Clapton, Taj Mahal and Van Morrison, a terrific storytelling arc, a treasure trove of archival footage and, naturally, those iconic songs.” —Michael Rechtshaffen, Holllywood Reporter

“...Robertson and his filmmakers do let [Levon] Helm get the last word here after all—with a magnificent film clip of the drummer singing ‘The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down.’ They were all stars, even if they weren’t really brothers.” —Chris William, Variety

“With Robertson’s deep timber and vivid recollections,…interviews with fellow rock luminaries and a dizzying amount of rock and roll archival clips—it’s an entertaining account of Robertson’s journey through monumental music moments.” —Kelly Boutsalis,

The Belcourt Theatre does not provide advisories about subject matter or potential triggering content, as sensitivities vary from person to person.

Beyond the synopses, trailers and review links on our website, other sources of information about content and age-appropriateness for specific films can be found on Common Sense MediaIMDb and as well as through general internet searches.

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