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The Idolmaker (1980)

PG  |   |  Biography, Drama, Music  |  14 November 1980 (USA)
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Based on the life of rock promoter/producer Bob Marcucci, who discovered, among others, Frankie Avalon and Fabian.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ray Sharkey ...
Vincent Vacarri
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Brenda Roberts
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Caesare
Paul Land ...
Tommy Dee
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Gino Pilato
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Ellen Fields
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Mario Vacarri
Richard Bright ...
Uncle Tony
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Mrs. Vacarri
Steve Peck ...
Mr. Frank Vacarri (as Steven Apostlee Peck)
Leonard Gaines ...
Luchetti
Deney Terrio ...
Charles Guardino ...
Jesse
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Ed Sharp
Kenneth O'Brien ...
Walt Bennett
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Based on the life of rock promoter/producer Bob Marcucci, who discovered, among others, Frankie Avalon and Fabian.

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He's got the look... He's got the talent... He's got the Idolmaker... He's got it all! See more »


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14 November 1980 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A sztárcsináló  »

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The film's score by Jeff Barry was criticized for being anachronistic featuring contemporary music inimical to the 1950s and 1960s era the movie documents. See more »

Goofs

The body style of the Ford Thunderbird didn't become available until the 1964 model, but when Caesare plays in Memphis, the date on the banner is March 17, 1961. See more »

Quotes

Vincent Vacarri: True sex comes from between your ears, not from between your legs.
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Soundtracks

A Boy and a Girl
Music and Lyrics by Jeff Barry
Sung by The Sweet Inspirations & The London Fog
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Brilliant and original musical score
9 January 2003 | by (Chicago, Illinois) – See all my reviews

This was such an engaging film, the more so because of it's basis in fact. I saw this first around 1981 or 82 on cable tv, which I recorded, but had stolen by a guest. I still have the audiocassette recording I made from the vinyl record and listen to it often. Recently, I obtained the DVD through Barnes and Noble (request services). All of the stage performances are riveting and they culminate in that spellbinding finale down in Tennessee. I too cannot fathom why it never hit the bigtime. If it were to be re-released in theaters today it could still be a minor hit.


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