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Robert P. Marcucci allegedly convinced producers Howard W. Koch Jr. (Hawk Koch) and Gene Kirkwood to green-light this movie into production in order to beat to the big screen his ex-partner Dick Clark's biographical music industry movie. Reportedly, Marcucci said to Kirkwood, "I got a great idea for a film called The Idolmaker (1980)." The producers liked the idea and the film went into development. See more »
When the "payola money" is exchanged, "Green Seal" Federal Reserve Notes are again seen. See more »
Hey, I'm not dumb! You don't even know me and you call me dumb. Wanna know what's dumb? The last eight covers in a row you did on Elvis in the army, with the badges? That's dumb. And that's boring.
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This movie is the ultimate sleeper for me. What kept this movie from exploding into the theaters ? It has great direction, outstanding music, and career-defining performances !
"The Idolmaker" truly has everything. It is set during the time when Elvis was in the Army and everyone was looking for the Next Big Thing (Fabian, Frankie Avalon etc.). It shows how a man who is a great songwriter can turn guys who "have the look" into superstars.
This is the role that Ray Sharkey was born to play. It is almost as though he was the person who wrote the script, and had himself in mind for the role all along. You can just see the way he delivers his lines, dances to the music, and sings, that he truly is Vincent Vacarri.
Besides the fact that the acting is great, the musical performances are flawless. The songs just explode from the screen with catchy tunes. It gets especially interesting towards the end when Caesare (Peter Gallagher) gives his giant production live number.
Folks, if you haven't seen this movie (and I highly doubt that you have) - do yourself a favor and see it ! Like I said, it is a hard to find movie - but it is worth the time to track it down.
This is what happens if all the elements are clicking properly for a film with musical numbers.
Like I said, it's the biggest secret in film. Now that you know the secret, do yourself a favor and rent it. You'll thank me afterwards !
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