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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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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Good Italian Boys
16 September 2000 | by (Midnight Movie Land) – See all my reviews

There was a time in 1961 or so when Elvis was gone off to Germany to be in the Army, that suddenly, and for a brief time, you found Italian boys from New York and Philadelphia coming out of the woodwork with hit after hit. All of them cleancut, good Italian boys you would not mind taking home to mother. (Elvis, on the other hand, was much more blatantly sexual then these boys would ever be..). So we had Frankie Avalon, Dion and the Belmonts, and the boys that just had letters for last names instead of Italian names that sounded "too ethnic". This movie is a snapshot sort of look at that time. Joey Dee (and the Starliters...) and Teddy Randazzo play brothers who want to be leaders of Twist bands and not be a lawyer or an teacher as their Father wishes. Father owns a failing Italian restaurant and struggles to put the two boys through college.. they explain that they want to leave college and pursue music careers and Pop is taken sick in bed from the shock. While he is sick, the boys turn dads "Neapolitan Gardens" restaurant into the "Peppermint Lounge", not out of meaness but because he restaurant is failing and they just know that the place can make money as a dance club. From here that plot goes on.

Overall a better than average genre picture. There is enough plot to hold your attention and the music is just great! If you are a fan of the era, or just want to see what was going on in America when Elvis was in the Army, this is one place to look.


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