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The Idolmaker (1980)

Based on the life of rock promoter/producer Bob Marcucci, who discovered, among others, Frankie Avalon and Fabian.

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Won 1 Golden Globe. Another 2 nominations. See more awards »
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Vincent Vacarri
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Brenda Roberts
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Caesare
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Tommy Dee
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Gino Pilato
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Ellen Fields
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Mario Vacarri
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Uncle Tony
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Mrs. Vacarri
Steve Peck ...
Mr. Frank Vacarri (as Steven Apostlee Peck)
Leonard Gaines ...
Luchetti
Deney Terrio ...
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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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The crowds, the cheers, the top of the charts. They don't just happen. He makes them happen. See more »


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14 November 1980 (USA)  »

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A Sombra de um Ídolo  »

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1.85 : 1
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Publicity for this picture described it as "the flip side of Grease (1978)". See more »

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Caesare's rise to fame is charted through a montage of various magazine covers dated from May 1961 through October 1961. However, later in the film, Caesare arrives to play in Nashville and a banner reads March 17, 1961, before any of those magazines would have hit the stands. See more »

Quotes

Vincent Vacarri: 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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Featured in The 38th Annual Golden Globe Awards (1981) See more »

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I Know Where You're Goin'
Music and Lyrics by Jeff Barry
Performed by Nino Tempo, Jamie James, Michael Rummans, Rex Roberts
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Perfection in modernism
11 October 2003 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

A lot of postings indicate that this movie could do well in even today's competitive film market. And it could indeed. The late Ray Sharkey gives a very strong award-calbre performance as a repressed performer in the guise of a songwriter/manager for a couple of 1950s style teen idols. A very young Peter Gallagher showed signs that he might have a bigger career than he has apparently had. It's funny how an actor can look so "exotic" and really not actually BE exotic. It's this kind of irony that carries IDOLMAKER to the heights of classic filmaking.


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