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Rock Star (2001)

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Lead singer of a tribute band becomes lead singer of the real band he idolizes.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jason Bonham ...
Jeff Pilson ...
Blas Elias ...
Nick Catanese ...
Brian Vander Ark ...
Mr. Cole
Mrs. Cole


Chris Cole was born to rock. His longtime girlfriend Emily believes his talent could take him all the way - but Chris worships at the altar of Bobby Beers, the fiery frontman for heavy metal legends Steel Dragon. By day, Chris still lives at home with his parents and spends his days repairing copy machines. But when Chris takes the stage, fronting Pennsylvania's premiere Steel Dragon tribute band, all of that disappears. Chris Cole is Bobby Beers - mesmerizing audiences with his perfect imitation of Beers' electrifying vocals. The night his bandmates boot him out of the group, Chris is devastated - until an unexpected phone call changes his life forever: He, Chris Cole, has been tapped to replace Bobby Beers as the lead singer of Steel Dragon. In an instant, Chris rockets to the dizzying heights of sudden stardom, rising from devotee to icon, from rock fan to rock god - the wanna-be who got to be. So what happens when an average guy gets everything he wants - and discovers it's not ... Written by Sujit R. Varma

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Dream big. Live the life. See more »


Drama | Music

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language, sexuality and some drug content | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

7 September 2001 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Metal God  »

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Box Office


$57,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,018,636, 9 September 2001, Wide Release

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Inspired by the real-life story of Tim "Ripper" Owens, singer in a Judas Priest tribute band who was chosen to replace singer Rob Halford when he left Judas Priest. Bobby Beers' (Jason Flemyng's) declaration of homosexuality on his departure mirrors that of Halford. See more »


On the tour bus, AC offers Izzy something that he says is good for writing lyrics. Later on, Kirk tells Izzy he and A.C. do all the writing. Why offer him something that's good for writing lyrics if AC and Kirk do all the writing? A.C. might just have temporarily forgotten that rule or might just have lied to Chris to make him feel more welcome as a new member of the band or Kirk hadn't informed A.C. that Chris wasn't going to be allowed to contribute any music to the band. See more »


Mats, Steel Dragon Road Manager: Whatever rolls your beanie baby.
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Crazy Credits

Repeated outtakes of the reporter. See more »


References Batman (1966) See more »


Lick It Up
Written by Vinnie Vincent (as Vincent Cusano) and Paul Stanley
Performed by KISS
Courtesy of The Island Def Jam Music Group
Under License from Universal Music Enterprises
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Music really saves it
7 September 2001 | by See all my reviews

As a huge fan of 80s Hard Rock, I was really looking forward to seeing Rock Star. As the movie started I was more than satisfied. A lot of the early scenes were funny and entertaining. The concert scenes made me feel like I was actually there. One major compliment I give this movie is that they made the songs from the fictional band STEEL DRAGON sound realistic for the time period the movie is in. If I didn't know better, I could've been fooled into thinking Steel Dragon was a real band, and all their songs actually were made in the mid 80s. The underdog portion of the story may not be original, but it still works none the less. And by the time Wahlberg's character was in his first concert with the band, I really thought Rock Star could be one of the coolest movies of the year.

But at about the halfway point, I was lost. The second half of this movie could've really used a lot of work on the script. I say that the second half of the script needed work, but what I should say is the second half of the movie actually could've used a script, period. The second half is held together by some predictable sequences, all telling the story of a guy indulging in the rock star life, which we've all heard and seen a thousand times. There were very few moments that actually were used to progress the story.

But I don't want to give the impression that Rock Star was no good. Although some of the movie didn't work, I still had a blast watching it. The music is what really holds it together. Both the original songs written for the film (Steel Dragon), and the background songs used. It's not often that you can hear bands like Bon Jovi, Def Leppard, Kiss, and Motley Crue used in a movie. And like I said before, the concert scenes are awesome.So for people who love great 80s Rock, this movie will be a lot of fun.

Rock Star is an average movie, with an above average soundtrack. Not a perfect film, but it provides enough entertainment for your money.

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