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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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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!


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Trivia

Robert P. Marcucci:  Uncredited, the real life music manager the film is based on as a New Jersey Heckler. See more »

Goofs

When the "payola money" is exchanged, "Green Seal" Federal Reserve Notes are again seen. See more »

Quotes

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

Oo Wee Baby
Music and Lyrics by Jeff Barry
Sung by Darlene Love
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Ray Sharkey is great!
29 March 2008 | by (Michigan, USA) – See all my reviews

I remember going to see this movie when it first came out. It's sort of a formula picture with the struggle to get to the top, the fame/power corrupting, the fall, then the redemption. Two things made this work, first the musical numbers were very good. This is a very difficult thing, making a movie about hit records and having to write original music that sounds like a hit. The movie shows how much work goes into the preparation and planning required to make it. This aspect was surprisingly good.

The main thing that holds your attention though is Ray Sharkey. I just saw it again on Encore. I knew Sharkey was good in the part but looking back now I can see he is very good. It almost seems that Bruce Willis copied Sharkey's style from this movie in several of his own. I could see Sharkey in the "Die Hard" movies. He brings so much energy to the part and is totally believable as wise guy with a quick temper.

When I first saw this movie I thought Sharkey was going to have a great career. I don't know if it was the drugs, a poor choice of parts or both but he really had talent and charisma. If he hadn't gotten hooked on drugs and contracted AIDS he could have been a Joe Pesci if not a Jr Robert DeNiro. If you think I am making this up get a copy of this movie and take a look. He did show flashes of what he could do in some television work but just couldn't keep it together for any length of time.

If you have any interest in the pop music of the late fifties early sixties or just want to watch what a talented actor can do with a formula picture take a look at this.


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