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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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Cast

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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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He can do it for you... See more »


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PG | See all certifications »
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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

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

A Boy and a Girl
Music and Lyrics by Jeff Barry
Sung by The Sweet Inspirations & The London Fog
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One of My All-Time Faves
15 January 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This one's a movie I never was able to get tired of, so I finally purchased it online. The music is catchy and irresistible, the electrifying Ray Sharkey was at his usual best and, according to IMDb, this was Peter Gallagher's first movie.

As Gallagher's various profiles indicate, he performed in a band early on, and whatever he drew from that makes him shine on stage in Idolmaker. Now he's releasing CD's of his singing and original songs - go figure. Obviously the late great Sharkey didn't invest that theatrical gene in Gallagher, but he and this movie can only have nourished and enhanced it.

Sharkey truly was a tiger tiger burning bright and he never shone brighter than as the Idolmaker.

Olympia Dukakis was perfect as the Idolmaker's mother. Color me surprised; that actress can do no wrong, in my opinion.

The music in this film is a huge part of its charm, as has been said before. And it looks like more of the movie was choreographed than just the stage scenes and Vinnie's training of his would-be stars; the whole thing just ends up being served up as perfectly as a 5-star gourmet dinner.


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