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American Hot Wax (1978)

The story of Alan Freed, the pioneering disc jockey who was instrumental in introducing and popularizing rock 'n' roll in the 1950s.

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Carl Weaver ...
Member of The Chesterfields (as Carl Earl Weaver)
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Sam Harkness ...
Arnold McCuller ...
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Storyline

This is the story loosely based on Cleveland disc jockey Alan Freed, who introduced rock 'n' roll to teenage American radio audiences in the 1950s. 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 Martin Lewison <lewison+@pitt.edu>

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1959. New York City. The battleground was Rock and Roll. It was the beginning of an era. You shoulda been there.

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Drama | History | Music

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17 March 1978 (USA)  »

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American Hot Wax - kuumaa vahaa  »

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Trivia

First movie that featured the real-life character of radio disc jockey Alan Freed. Freed would appear in a number of rock 'n' roll history biopics and movies over the years including Cadillac Records (2008), Who Do You Love (2008), Ray (2004) [Ray Charles], La Bamba (1987) [Ritchie Valens], and Great Balls of Fire! (1989) [Jerry Lee Lewis]. See more »

Goofs

Buddy Holly's birthday (7 September) fell on Labor Day in 1959, so Artie would have had the day off from school anyway. See more »

Quotes

Alan Freed: Hey, look. If they took it all away tomorrow, we'd be even. No we wouldn't. We'd be way ahead.
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Connections

Featured in Hollywood Rocks the Movies: The 1970s (2002) See more »

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Written by Esther Navarro
Performed by The Cadillacs
Courtesy of Roulette Records
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Freed rules
20 August 2000 | by (Chicago Illinois) – See all my reviews

There are plenty of hokey things in this film, but Tim McIntire's performance is one of the best ever in a rock and roll film. I don't know if this is what Alan Freed was really like, but I would like to think so. So often actors can't manage to provide charisma in their portrayal of a well known figure -- this was no problem for McIntire, who's charisma practically burns through the film. Lots of fun.


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