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Copacabana (1985)

TV Movie  |   |  Musical  |  3 December 1985 (USA)
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Singer Tony loves dancer Lola in 1940s New York, but sinister Rico brings her to his nightclub in Havana.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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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 ...
2nd Publisher
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Nick Panotis
Hamilton Camp ...
Nicky Richards
Hartley Silver ...
Husband
Ralph Clift ...
Customer (as Ralph M. Clift)
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Storyline

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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Trivia

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

Sweet Heaven (I'm In Love Again)
Music by Barry Manilow
Lyric by Bruce Sussman & Jack Feldman
Sung by Tony Starr
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A true gem!
4 November 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

OK, I have been looking for this movie for years, I can't believe it's FINALLY on DVD. ( I too had a worn out VHS copy that I lost). My sis & I can practically sing every song from this movie....We've loved the song copacabana since it came out (I was a little kid at the time) so when they made a movie about it we were stoked to watch it, and watch we did, over & over. This is campy fun, with great costumes & one of the few musicals with cuban characters (albeit not very authentic) so if you like Latin music & choreography and enjoy great original songs...you'll love this movie. All of Manilow's songs here are well-written & are woven into the story in a pretty ingenious way. So do the merengue & the cha cha, you're at the COPA!


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