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Hanging on a Star (1978)

A story of a struggling rock band that is trying to get on the road to stardom.

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Lane Caudell ...
Jeff Martin
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Katie Ross
Danil Torppe ...
Skate
Jason Parker ...
Davy
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Oly
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Gordon Shep
Eric Chase ...
Eric Chase (KFI DJ)
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Crash Schwartz
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Rudy J.
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Rhonda
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Guru
Ben Frommer ...
Tip
Candace Moore ...
Street Girl
Marilyn Smith ...
Mrs. Applebaum
Johnny Magnus ...
Telethon M.C.
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A story of a struggling rock band that is trying to get on the road to stardom.

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The Guys Were Having a Good Time But Going Nowhere--Until They Met Katie!

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Comedy

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17 February 1979 (Japan)  »

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Good Time Band  »

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As bland as this particular formula can get
26 March 2003 | by See all my reviews

It seems Cal-Am pictures had high hopes for Lane Caudell, not only creating a star vehicle for him, but one that allowed him to perform a number of songs he personally wrote as well. Added to the fact that simultaneously MCA released a soundtrack. Well, since you are probably saying "I've never heard of Lane Caudell", I think we can safely conclude how the movie AND the soundtrack did on release!

Upon seeing the movie, it's pretty clear why Caudell didn't go on to do much more after this movie. Though not a terrible actor, he's way too laid back to make much of an impression. You could say the same for the movie - it's so light, so lacking in any kind of grit, that there's nothing to distinguish it from other struggling-rock-band movies. In fact, it plays more like a TV movie from the period than a big screen film. As for the songs, they are of the light-generic rock vein, and it's actually pretty hard to differentiate one song from another when you think back.

Of interest only as a curio, being much different in genre (and tone) from the typical drive-in product of the day.


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