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June 1975 (USA) See more »
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Record executives want a highly-regarded record producer to focus on a white pop act whom they feel has the sound America wants. To keep his creative integrity, Buckmaster carefully begins to fight the system that has made him the respected producer he has become. | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Harvey Keitel ... Coleman Buckmaster

Ed Nelson ... Carlton James
Cynthia Bostick ... Velour Page
Bert Parks ... Franklyn Page

Jimmy Boyd ... Gary Page

Michael Dante ... Mike Lemongello

Maurice White ... Early

Earth Wind & Fire ... The Group (as Earth Wind and Fire)
Ron Gorton ... Warren Barfield
Valerie Shepherd ... Ellen
Herb Downer ... Player (as Herb Towner)

Francesca De Sapio ... Amanda (as Francesca Di Sapio)
Charles McGregor ... Mantan (as Charles MacGregor)
Fred Versacci ... Ferrara
Murray Moston ... Buck's Father
Sig Shore ... Norman Shulman (as Mike Richards)
Charles Stepney ... Johnny Lyman (as Chuck Stepney)
Linda Fields ... Annabel Lee
Nick Lapadula ... Al Rapp (as Nick La Padula)
Steve Shore ... The Kid
Frankie Crocker ... Frankie Crocker
Murray the 'K' ... Big John Little
Vi Higgenson ... Wonder Woman
K.C. ... Cab Driver
Dick Stewart ... Mel Cooper
Ramon Feliciano ... Busboy
Aubrey De Souza ... Chauffeur
Jerry Rush ... TV Interviewer
John Powers ... The Greek
We Four Guys ... Skaters
Randy Higgenson ... Skaters
The Roller Rockers ... Skaters
Leonard Smith ... Rollerdome Bouncer
John Haney ... Control Room Engineer
Doris Troy ... Wedding Pianist

Barbara Engel ... James' Secretary
Andrew Blau ... TV Studio Director
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Philip Bailey ... Band Member (uncredited)
Larry Dunn ... Band Member (uncredited)
Johnny Graham ... Band Member (uncredited)
Ralph Johnson ... Band Member (uncredited)
Al McKay ... Band Member (uncredited)
Freddie White ... Band Member (uncredited)

Verdine White ... Band Member (uncredited)
Andrew Woolfolk ... Band Member (uncredited)

Directed by
Sig Shore 
Writing credits
Robert Lipsyte (original story)

Robert Lipsyte (screenplay)

Produced by
Phillip Fenty .... associate producer
Ron Gorton .... associate producer
Sig Shore .... producer
Cinematography by
Alan Metzger  (as Allan Metzger)
Film Editing by
Bruce Witkin  (as Bruce Wittkin)
Makeup Department
William Lyon MacKenzie .... makeup artist (as Will McKenzie)
Production Management
Jerry W. Kisker .... production manager (as Jerry Kisker)
Bruce Witkin .... post-production supervisor (as Bruce Wittkin)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Steve Shore .... assistant director
Art Department
Peter Kunz .... props
Monroe Liebgold .... property man (as Jockey Liebgold)
Sound Department
Bill Daly .... sound (as William Daly)
Harriet Fidlow .... sound effects editor: Magnofex (as Harriet Glickstein)
Al Gramaglia .... re-recording mixer: Magno Sound
Samantha Heilwell .... boom operator (as Samantha Heilweil)
Robert Post .... boom operator
Robert Post .... sound mixer
Dan Sable .... sound effects editor: Magnofex
Camera and Electrical Department
Michael F. Barrow .... chief gaffer (as Michael Barrow)
Robert Comer .... gaffer (as Bobby Comer)
Michael Daly .... grip assistant
Larry Flynn .... best boy
David Greene .... second assistant camera
Butch Hazel .... grip
'Big John' Marwick .... key grip (as Big John Marwick)
Rick Raphael .... assistant camera
Abe Schrager .... grip (as Abe Shrager)
Lindsay Shore .... still photographer
Ellis St. Rose .... assistant camera
Alan Stensvold .... camera operator (as Alan Stensvolt)
Steven Wolper .... assistant camera (as Steve Wolper)
Editorial Department
Sandy Tung .... assistant editor
Music Department
Charles Stepney .... associate music producer
Charles Stepney .... music arranger
Maurice White .... music producer
Other crew
Howard Levitt .... production assistant
Peter Maloney .... production assistant
Greg Nelson .... production assistant
Valerie Shepherd .... continuity

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Also Known As:
"Shining Star" - USA (reissue title)
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100 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Iceland:L | UK:15 (video) | USA:PG

Did You Know?

Velour Page:To Janis, baby, wherever you are.
Coleman Buckmaster:Did you know Janis?
Velour Page:I saw her once. God, what an ugly bitch. On the outside, you know; on the inside, she was beautiful. She was me turned inside... out.
Coleman Buckmaster:Sometimes... pretty pays the price.
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7 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
An excellent look into the "music business", 19 April 2005
Author: lonearrngr-1 from United States

I haven't seen this film since it came out in the mid 70s, but I do recall it as being a very realistic portrayal of the music business ( right up there with Paul Simons "One Trick Pony " ..another vastly underrated film IMO )

Harvey Keitel does an excellent job as a producer caught between the music he believes in , and the commercial "tripe" the record company "suits" want him to work with.

Since I spent my entire career in the music business as a composer /arranger /producer, I can really vouch for the verisimilitude this film possesses.

If it should ever come out on DVD uncut, I'd buy it!

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