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The rise, fall and rise again of the Peppermint Lounge nightclub is chronicled. The sons of the Peppermint Lounge nightclub owner nearly topple the club's initial success by redesigning the place but realize their mistake.

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Credited cast:
Joey Dee ...
Joey Dee
The Starliters ...
Themselves
Jo Ann Campbell ...
Piper (as Jo-Ann Campbell)
Teddy Randazzo ...
Rickey Dee
The Peppermint Loungers ...
Themselves (as The Peppermint Loungers)
Kay Armen ...
Angie
Zohra Lampert ...
Sharon
Dino Di Luca ...
Papa
Hope Hampton ...
Herself
Richard Dickens ...
Rore
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Dave Brigati ...
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The rise, fall and rise again of the Peppermint Lounge nightclub is chronicled. The sons of the Peppermint Lounge nightclub owner nearly topple the club's initial success by redesigning the place but realize their mistake.

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Film debut of Joe Pesci (uncredited, as a dancer). See more »

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Let's Twist
Performed by Mama
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"Gotta new dance and it goes like this"
30 April 2014 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Hey, Let's Twist is a time capsule to the youth culture of the Kennedy years. I remember seeing this at the tender age of 14 in theater back in Brooklyn. Those were interesting years.

This film purportedly shows how the famous Peppermint Lounge came to be. In the film restaurant owner Dino DeLuca has two sons Joey and Ricky who are into this new dance craze called The Twist and are even playing and writing about it. When dad has an anxiety attack and has to slow down, the boys take charge and turn his Italian Restaurant which was on the rocks anyway into a new youth club where they play and the kids twist the night away. More importantly it makes money so dad takes a new outlook on his two son's futures.

The dream almost dies when socialite Zohra Lampert starts patronizing the place and starts turning it into a Studio 54 operation where only the elite go. I guess we weren't ready for that in those years because The Peppermint Lounge nearly goes belly up. In the end the kids are all right.

Of course this is hardly the story of the real Peppermint Lounge which was mobbed up to the gills. But the period music is fine, Joey Dee and Teddy Randazzo are hardly great acting talents, still Hey Let's Twist is some interesting nostalgia.


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