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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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The life story of rock producer Bob Marcucci, who discovered such musical acts as Frankie Avalon and Fabian in the late 1950s.

Director: Craig Brewer
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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 ...
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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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He can do it for you... See more »


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14 November 1980 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Sombra de um Ídolo  »

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

This film is being remade (The Idolmaker) and will be released about thirty-four years after this original. See more »

Goofs

There are two scenes in the parking lot of the club/bar where Vincent went to see Tommy play saxophone. The first one is where Vincent tells Tommy he would like him to record his songs. The second one is when Caesore is puking after running offstage at his debut which took place two years after the first.The cars in the parking lot are the same cars parked in the exact same order in both scenes. 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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Connections

Remade as The Idolmaker See more »

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Music and Lyrics by Jeff Barry
Sung by Jimmy Carter
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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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