The Big T.N.T. Show

The Big T.N.T. Show is a 1966 concert film. Directed by Larry Peerce and distributed by American International Pictures, it includes performances by numerous popular rock and roll and R&B musicians from the United States and England.

A sequel to 1964's The T.A.M.I. Show,[1] and, like it, executive produced by Henry G. Saperstein,[2] The Big T.N.T. Show was likewise shot on videotape and transferred to 35-millimeter film.[1][3] Some footage from it was reused in the film That Was Rock[3] a.k.a. The T.A.M.I. / T.N.T. Show (1984).[4]

The concert was shot before a live audience at the Moulin Rouge (originally opened in 1938 as the Earl Carroll Theater) club[5] at 6230 Sunset Boulevard Los Angeles, California on November 29, 1965.[6] During the audience shots, one can spot Frank Zappa, as well as Sky Saxon, singer and frontman for The Seeds, and Ron Mael and Russell Mael, who would later form the band Sparks. Marilyn McCoo of the Fifth Dimension also appears as one of the backing singers during Ray Charles' performance.[5] Its pre-release title was This Could Be the Night.[6] The film's theme song, "This Could Be the Night", was written by Harry Nilsson, produced by Phil Spector, and performed by the Modern Folk Quartet.[7]


Bruce Eder in Allmovie said, "The picture is a '60s pop-culture maven's dream – but nowhere near as musically revelatory as the list of talent would lead one to expect".[8]

List of performersEdit

In order of appearance in the film

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b "Movie Reviews". 9 April 2019 – via
  2. ^ "Yahoo! Movies: Henry G. Saperstein".
  3. ^ a b Leonard Maltin's Film & Video Guide, multiple editions
  4. ^ FZ Videography: The T.A.M.I./T.N.T. Show (That Was Rock) (a.k.a. Born To Rock: The T.A.M.I./T.N.T. Show)
  5. ^ a b FZ Videography: The Big T.N.T. Show
  6. ^ a b Turner Classic Movies: "Notes for The Big T.N.T. Show (1966)"
  7. ^
  8. ^ Reprinted at

External linksEdit