This is the story loosely based on Cleveland disc jockey Alan Freed, who introduced rock'n'roll to teenage American radio audiences in the 1950's. Freed was a source of great controversy: ... See full summary »
Led by their comedic and pranking leader, Newbomb Turk, the Hollywood Knights car gang raise hell throughout Beverly Hills on Halloween Night, 1965. Everything from drag racing to Vietnam ... See full summary »
Financial wizard "Doc" Fletcher (Michael Caine) is sent by crime boss Joe Fiore (Martin Balsam) to buy a bank in Switzerland in order to more easily launder their profits. When he arrives, ... See full summary »
After taking over a failing Miami hotel with her workaholic fiance, Elliot, Tracy thinks Monique Gabrielle has seduced her better half-to-be. She then tries to have an affair of her own, ... See full summary »
Abandoned by his father at an early age, Jim MacLaine seems to have inherited the old man's restlessness. Despite his apparent intelligence, Jim decides not to take the exams that would ... See full summary »
This is the story loosely based on Cleveland disc jockey Alan Freed, who introduced rock'n'roll to teenage American radio audiences in the 1950's. Freed was a source of great controversy: criticized by conservatives for corrupting youth with the "devil's music"; hated by racists for promoting African American music for white consumption; persecuted by law enforcement officials and finally brought down by the "payola" scandals. Written by
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While the real Alan Freed was still working in Cleveland radio station WJW (850 AM). He was one of the organizers of a five-act show called "The Moondog Coronation Ball" on March 21, 1952 at the Cleveland Arena. This event is known as the first rock and roll concert. Crowds attended in numbers far beyond the arena's capacity, and the concert was shut down early due to overcrowding and a near-riot. Long before being accused of inciting a riot at the Boston Arena in 58' that the movie depicts, which eventually led to him being fired from WINS (1010 AM) in New York City, and driving him into bankruptcy. See more »
Artie is seen with copies of the albums "The Chirping Crickets" and "Buddy Holly and the Crickets", the latter being a re-issue of the former, and not released until 1962. See more »
Looking over the VHS/DVD titles in the reduced price area of local department stores, I find it impossible to believe that some of these titles make the light of day and "American Hot Wax" is not available for purchase. I'm lucky enough to have taped it off of cable or I would be reduced to its limited showing on AMC. This failure to make this movie available reminds me of the 20 years it took for "Hollywood Knights" to make it's appearance. If you have a chance to see this movie, don't miss it. This movie is a classic. The performances of Jay Leno and Fran Dresher are very enjoyable. The job done by Tim McIntire defies description. Although I didn't know Alan Freed, I feel McIntire probably hit the mark in his portrayal.
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