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Looking for an Echo -- The lead singer of an oldies group reminisces about the good ol' days and a potential comeback.


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We were looking for an echo, An answer to our sound, A place to be in harmony, A place we almost found. - Vinnie and the Dreamers
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Armand Assante ... Vince 'Vinnie' Pirelli

Diane Venora ... Joanne Delgado

Joe Grifasi ... Vic
Tom Mason ... Augustus 'Augie' MacAnnally III

Tony Denison ... Ray 'Nappy' Napolitano

Johnny Williams ... Phil 'Pooch' Puccirelli

Edoardo Ballerini ... Anthony Pirelli

Christy Carlson Romano ... Tina Pirelli

David Vadim ... Tommie Pirelli

Monica Trombetta ... Francine Pirelli

David Margulies ... Dr. Ludwig

Paz de la Huerta ... Nicole Delgado (as Paz De La Huerta)

Ilana Levine ... Sandi - Vic's Date
Gena Scriva ... Arlene - Blonde at Bar
Gayle Scott ... Renee - Brunette at Bar
Cleveland Still ... Singer on Bus

Peter Jacobson ... Marty Pearlstein - Backstage Agent

Murray Weinstock ... Orchid Blue Lead / Vocals for 'The Dreamers'
Amanda Homi ... Orchid Blue Singer
Machan Notarile ... Orchid Blue Singer (as Machun)
Michael Cooke Kendrick ... Jason - Bar Mitzvah Boy (as Michael Cooke)

Kresh Novakovic ... Waiter at Bar (as Kresimir Novakovic)
Uri 'Teddy' Dallal ... Public Access Drums
Jorge Peguero ... Public Access Bass
Eva Giangi ... Public Access Keyboards

Lisa France ... Night Nurse
Fanni Green ... Day Nurse

Alesandra Assante ... Neighborhood Girl

Rick Faugno ... Young Vinnie

Johnny Giacalone ... Young Vic

Eric Meyersfield ... Young Nappy
Tommy J. Michaels ... Young Augie (as Tommy Michaels)
Danny Gerard ... Young Pooch
Kenny Vance ... Vocals for Vince (voice)

Norbert Leo Butz ... Vocals for Anthony (voice) (as Norbert Butz)
Eddie Hokenson ... Vocals for 'The Dreamers' (voice)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Gary Bonner ... Singer (uncredited)

Janis Corsair ... Mrs. Friedman (uncredited)

Vinny DeGennaro ... Vinny (uncredited)
Karen Frances ... Girl at Bar (uncredited)
Dolores Sirianni ... Garyn (uncredited)

Directed by
Martin Davidson 
Writing credits
Jeffrey Goldenberg (written by) &
Robert Held (written by) and
Martin Davidson (written by)

Produced by
Tim Christenson .... associate producer
Martin Davidson .... producer
Anthony Esposito .... co-producer
Matt Janes .... line producer (as Matt L. Janes)
Paul Kurta .... producer
Robert Levi .... producer: opening title sequence
Mary Jo Slater .... co-producer
Steve Tisch .... executive producer
Joel Tuber .... associate producer
Original Music by
Phillip Namanworth 
Kenny Vance 
Cinematography by
Charles Minsky (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Jerrold L. Ludwig 
Casting by
Stephanie Corsalini 
Bruce H. Newberg 
Production Design by
Andrew Bernard 
Costume Design by
Sandy Davidson 
Production Management
Trish Adlesic .... production supervisor
Paul Kurta .... unit production manager
Scott F. Kaplan .... production manager (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Joan G. Bostwick .... second assistant director
Joel Tuber .... first assistant director
Sound Department
Willy Allen .... adr editor
Bradford Bell .... transfer engineer
Barbara Delpuech .... dialogue editor
Tammy Douglas .... boom operator
Dan Ferat .... sound mixer
Shawn Kennelly .... adr recordist
Andrew Lackey .... sound editor
Noel McIntosh .... assistant sound editor
Theodore Sharpless .... sound intern
James Wright .... stereo sound consultant: Dolby
Visual Effects by
Christopher Dusendschon .... in-show optical compositor: THDX (uncredited)
Jery Hewitt .... stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
Ruark Behan .... dolly grip
Lorenzo Bevilaqua .... still photographer
Maurizio Dotto .... assistant camera
Ray Flynn .... gaffer
Jeremy Graham .... best boy electric
David Harges .... grip
James Harker .... electrician
Robert Levi .... camera operator
Alexa D. O'Brien .... additional electric
Melissa St. Hilaire .... electrician
Casting Department
Byron Crystal .... extras casting
Sig De Miguel .... casting assistant
Editorial Department
Kenny Becker .... color timer
Paul Millspaugh .... assistant editor
Music Department
Stephen M. Galvin .... music editor
Patrick M. Griffith .... music editor
Phillip Namanworth .... score producer
Kenny Vance .... music producer
Kenny Vance .... music supervisor
Kenny Vance .... score producer
Kenny Vance .... singing voice: Armand Assante
Ken Weiss .... executive music coordinator
Other crew
Marco Assante .... assistant: Armand Assante
Loretta Black .... production assistant
David Blackman .... assistant: Steve Tisch
Seth Copans .... script supervisor
Debra Fallek .... assistant production office coordinator
Harmon Kaslow .... production legal counsel
Steve Lee .... production assistant
Patricia Porter .... production accountant
Peggy Robinson .... production assistant
Kimberly Shea .... key office production assistant
Kim Skeeters .... accounting production assistant
Angie Toomsen .... assistant: director
Godfrey Townsend .... live stage consultant
Bartow Church .... production assistant (uncredited)
Peter Menich .... title designer (uncredited)

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97 min
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An authentic and loving view of family, do wop music and Brooklyn, 18 August 2005
Author: Dutch1968 from United States

I grew up in the Metro New York area during the do wop period in rock and roll so I know the music well. I've also been acquainted with some "one hit wonders" living in serene obscurity. I discovered I was living next door to the lead singer of a do wop group with a very big hit record for fifteen years only after another neighbor mentioned it to me in passing.

This small budget movie was written, directed and acted by people who know the territory. The cast is uniformly excellent with Armand Assante, Diane Venora, Edoardo Ballerini, Christy Carlson Romano and Joe Grifaci leading the way.

Shot on locations around Brooklyn's Sheepshead Bay and Bay Ridge in Diners, Taverns, Wedding Halls and under the Verrazano Bridge, the film captures the sense of the Italian Irish Brooklyn that predominated in the late 50's and early 60's and lives on today in small enclaves.

Kenny Vance from Jay and the Americans wrote the title song and did the vocals for "Vinnie". A small quibble about the music: the big hit from the fictional Vinnie and the Dreamers was "This I Swear", a bona fide hit for the real life "Skyliners". It might have worked better if they had picked a more obscure song from that era.

One notable attribute about the "one hit wonder" from the 50's and 60's that I personally know and the way he is accurately portrayed by Armand Assante is how easily they took their "15 minutes of fame" and moved on to mundane lives as cops, teachers, bartenders, etc. The groups of that era were financially ripped off and rarely got any significant money. This is a stark contrast to today's reality show contestants who get agents and linger on the fringes as long as they can.

Bottom line: this movie was made by people who cared.

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