Singer Tony loves dancer Lola in 1940s New York, but sinister Rico brings her to his nightclub in Havana.

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Cast

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Tony Starr
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Lola Lamar
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Bella Stern
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Andra Akers ...
Pamela Devereaux
Silvana Gallardo ...
Conchita Rivera
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Rico Castelli
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Sam Gropper
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Angelo
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Bibi Sutton
Stanley Brock ...
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Nick Panotis
Hamilton Camp ...
Nicky Richards
Hartley Silver ...
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Ralph Clift ...
Customer (as Ralph M. Clift)
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A hit song is the inspiration for this movie. In 1948, an aspiring songwriter, Tony, is working as a pianist in a bar; he meets Lola who wants to make it in show business. Tony is immediately smitten with the beautiful woman. At Manhattan's Copacabana lounge, they both start finding fame. However, fate steps in and she is swept to Havana to work in a splashy night club act where she is convinced she will find her stardom. Instead she finds Rico, a suave gangster who manages the club. Written by John Sacksteder <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

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3 December 1985 (USA)  »

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Barry Manilow's Copacabana  »

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During a late 1985 appearance on "The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson", shortly before the movie aired on TV, Manilow actually revealed the ending to the movie, leading much of the audience to groan. However, he mistakenly thought they groaned not because he revealed the ending, but because of what actually happened to his character at the end, leading Manilow to comment, "It's only a movie." See more »

Quotes

Tony Starr: [Improving a musical arrangement for Lola] We'll change the keys! That always works.
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Soundtracks

!Aye Caramba!
Music by Barry Manilow
Lyric by Bruce Sussman & Jack Feldman
Sung by Barry Manilow
Produced by Barry Manilow & Bob Gaudio
Except The Original Version of "Copacabana (at the Copa)"
Produced by Barry Manilow & Ron Dante
Musical Score Adapted and Supervised by Artie Butler
New Version of "Copacabana (at the Copa)" Arranged by
Bob Gaudio & John P. Shenale
All Songs Recorded & Mixed by Joel Moss except
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Who Needs To Dream?
21 October 2003 | by (New York) – See all my reviews

Having owned a copy of a copy of a copy of a copy (you get the idea) of this film on VHS, I could hardly wait for the day when it was released on DVD. My husband and I bought two copies (each of us had to have our own). (laugh) The plot, the dialogue, the way the actors plays the roles...everything about this movie is charming. When Barry sings, "Who Needs To Dream?" I cannot help but cry. It's such an incredibly beautiful song. Copacabana is what I consider a "lost treasure." More people should realize the worth of this film. Too often, viewers feel that unless a movie is "deep" it isn't worth watching. Untrue. To lay beside the one who IS your "every dream come true" and relax while enjoying the film without effort is a pleasure. This is a must-have for all Manilow fans who should show it to friends. They may think that they won't love it ...but, they will. (smile)


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