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Rock Star (2001)

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

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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 »

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Drama | Music

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

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7 September 2001 (USA)  »

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Metal God  »

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Budget:

$57,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$6,018,636 (USA) (9 September 2001)

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$17,008,282 (USA)
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

When Mark Wahlberg tumbled down the stairs for Izzy's first Steel Dragon performance, he did it at a real rock concert. At first, the unaware fans thought he'd fallen for real, and were shocked into silence. After a few takes, they realized it was an act, and stopped caring. See more »

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During the scene where Izzy is showing the rest of Steel Dragon his artwork and song ideas for the album, Kirk and A.C. mention that they write ALL the bands songs. Earlier in the film when Izzy is auditioning, its noted that Bobby (the member of the band who was kicked out that Izzy was replacing) wrote one of the bands songs, "Stand Up", about a lover of his. However, it's not much of a stretch to believe that when Bobby was still in the band he was a songwriter himself. When he left, that left Kirk & A.C. as the creative team in the group and Kirk could just have been egotistically conveying that to Izzy. See more »

Quotes

Rob: Wouldn't you rather fail as yourself, then succeed as some Bobby Beers clone?
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Crazy Credits

The guys in Steel Dragon dancing on stage to a Marky Mark song. See more »

Connections

Featured in HBO First Look: Rock Star (2001) See more »

Soundtracks

We All Die Young
Written by Mike Matijevic and Ken Kanowski
Produced by Tom Werman
Performed by Steel Dragon
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Comic book cynicism
15 August 2002 | by (las vegas, nv) – See all my reviews

Surprisingly well-acted, well-written movie about hard rockin'-but-decent young man getting that much-hoped-for ticket to stardom: his favorite heavy metal band wants him to replace their lead singer. Not far-fetched, the film tries keeping things in perspective and doesn't go over-the-top; it certainly makes you think twice about those lingering adolescent fantasies about being in the music business. But the script, despite solid dialogue, follows a tried-and-true, formulaic pattern, and gets bogged down by its own clichés in the final act. I enjoyed it much more than the sugary fluffball "Almost Famous". It has a nice, bitter edge to go with its heavy metal decadence, but a stronger finish might've made it more memorable. **1/2 from ****


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