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Writer (WGA):
John Stockwell (written by)
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Release Date:
7 September 2001 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
The story of a wanna be who got to be. See more »
Plot:
Lead singer of a tribute band becomes lead singer of the real band he idolizes. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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1 nomination See more »
User Reviews:
We've seen this all before, but the film still captures an honest and insightful attitude. *** (out of four) See more (186 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)

Mark Wahlberg ... Chris 'Izzy' Cole

Jennifer Aniston ... Emily Poule

Dominic West ... Kirk Cuddy, Steel Dragon Guitarist
Jason Bonham ... A.C., Steel Dragon Drummer
Jeff Pilson ... Jorgen, Steel Dragon Bassist

Zakk Wylde ... Ghode, Steel Dragon Guitarist

Timothy Spall ... Mats, Steel Dragon Road Manager
Blas Elias ... Donny Johnson, Blood Pollution Drummer
Nick Catanese ... Xander Cummins, Blood Pollution Guitarist

Brian Vander Ark ... Ricki Bell, Blood Pollution Bassist

Timothy Olyphant ... Rob Malcolm, Blood Pollution Guitarist

Dagmara Dominczyk ... Tania Asher, Steel Dragon Public Relations

Matthew Glave ... Joe Cole

Michael Shamus Wiles ... Mr. Cole

Beth Grant ... Mrs. Cole

Jason Flemyng ... Bobby Beers, Steel Dragon Lead Singer

Carey Lessard ... Nina

Kristin Richardson ... Samantha (as Kristin Willits)

Jamie Williams ... Mason Bell
Keith Loneker ... Roadie #1
Sami Reed ... Amber

Kara Zediker ... Marci

Stephan Jenkins ... Bradley, Black Babylon Lead Singer

Colleen Fitzpatrick ... Guitarist in Crowd Outside Mansion (as Colleen Ann Fitzpatrick)
Kevin Ryder ... Cream Reporter
Gene 'Bean' Baxter ... Melody-Maker Reporter (as Gene Baxter)

Gregory Hinton ... Bouncer

Sonya Stephens ... Nurse
Neil Zlozower ... Photographer
Kirk Enochs ... Fan #1
Myles Kennedy ... Thor

Rachel Hunter ... A.C.'s Wife

Heidi Mark ... Kirk's Wife

Carrie Stevens ... Ghode's Wife Daphne
Amy Miller ... Jorgen's Wife (as Amy Rolle)
William Martin Brennan ... Office Worker

Lorna Scott ... Mrs. Andrews
Ralph Saenz ... Auditioning Singer

Jennifer Rovero ... Topless Cutie #1

Natalie Raynes ... Topless Cutie #2

Jamal Weathers ... Scalper
Hailie Brennand ... Two-Year-Old Girl

Eric Weinstein ... Roadie #2
Jamie White ... MTV Veejay
Jeffrey Wetzel ... Metal Head
Frederick E. Kowalo ... Guitar Tech
Jennifer Uilani Warren ... Girl with P-Pass
Chad Azadan ... Roxy Dancer

Linda Cevallos ... Roxy Dancer
Jennifer Edmond ... Roxy Dancer

Brian Friedman ... Roxy Dancer
Cynthia Fuhrer ... Roxy Dancer
Cati Jean ... Roxy Dancer
Edward Jenkins ... Roxy Dancer
Kelly Knox ... Roxy Dancer
Tabatha Mays ... Roxy Dancer (as Tabbatha Mays)
Udee McGeoy ... Roxy Dancer
Ted Napolitano ... Roxy Dancer
Tomasina Parrott ... Roxy Dancer
Gabriel Ramírez ... Roxy Dancer (as Gabriel Ramirez)

Ursula Whittaker ... Roxy Dancer (as Ursula Whitaker)

Zachary Woodlee ... Roxy Dancer
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Robert C. Cawley ... Limo Driver

Deana Molle' ... Groupie #2 (as Deana Ann Aburto)

Andrew Wayne ... Concert Rocker (as Andrew Stramel)

Camille Anderson ... Elevator Hottie #1 (uncredited)

Brad Bartlett ... Crazy fan (uncredited)

Stacy Bellew ... Cassie (uncredited)
Tammy Blue ... Bar Patron (uncredited)
Johnny Bolton ... Crazed Fan (uncredited)
Lawrence Calvin ... Xander's Guitar Tech, Blood Pollution (uncredited)

Jonathan Carr ... Extra (uncredited)

Emmy Collins ... Roadie (uncredited)

Devin Corey ... Fighting Rocker (uncredited)

Teresa Couch ... Fan at Good Machine Club (uncredited)
Bill DeWild ... Steel Dragon Fan (uncredited)
Johnny Drocco ... Rock Reporter / Concert Patron (uncredited)

Gia Franzia ... Bar Patron (uncredited)

Mylo Ironbear ... Steel Dragons Fan (uncredited)
Mariko Ishihara ... Girl in Pink (uncredited)

Elke Jeinsen ... Concert After-Party Guest (uncredited)

Soraya Kelley ... VIP Girl (uncredited)
Rich Knight ... Rocker (uncredited)

Jill Kocalis ... Poolside Cutie (uncredited)
Eden Lake ... Groupie (uncredited)

Valerie Landsburg ... Concert After-Party Guest (uncredited)
Steve Larson ... Sound Engineer (uncredited)

Deborah Leydig ... Marjorie (uncredited)
Jason Charles Luedee ... Rival Band Leader (uncredited)
Troy Martin ... Heavy Metal Fan (uncredited)
Mike McIntosh ... Fan #2 (uncredited)

Julie Michaels ... Groupie (uncredited)
Louis E. Rosas ... Rocker (uncredited)

Parker Shipp ... Hesher (uncredited)

Suzi Simpson ... Cutie (uncredited)
Nicki Sixteen ... Fan at Good Machine Club (uncredited)

Tim Taylor ... Customer (uncredited)

Stephen Zimpel ... Concert Patron (uncredited)
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Directed by
Stephen Herek 
 
Writing credits
(WGA)
John Stockwell (written by)

Produced by
George Clooney .... executive producer
Michael Fottrell .... co-producer
Toby Jaffe .... producer
Robert Lawrence .... producer
Mike Ockrent .... executive producer
Steven Reuther .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Trevor Rabin 
 
Cinematography by
Ueli Steiger (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Trudy Ship 
 
Casting by
Sharon Bialy 
 
Production Design by
Mayne Berke 
 
Art Direction by
Caty Maxey (supervising art director)
Richard Schreiber 
 
Set Decoration by
Casey Hallenbeck 
 
Costume Design by
Aggie Guerard Rodgers 
 
Makeup Department
Kim Donohue .... makeup artist
Cheryl Eckert .... assistant hair stylist
Voni Hinkle .... hair department head
Kerry Mendenhall .... hair stylist
Michael Mills .... key makeup artist
Donald Mowat .... makeup artist: Mark Wahlberg
Greg Nelson .... makeup artist
Shari Perry .... key hair stylist
Sandra Rowden .... makeup artist
Johnny Villanueva .... hair stylist
 
Production Management
Paul Moen .... unit production manager
Barbara Russo .... post-production executive (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
David R. Ellis .... second unit director (as David Ellis)
Eric Fox Hays .... second assistant director
David Kelley .... second assistant director
Dennis Maguire .... assistant director: second unit
Jayson Merrill .... assistant director: second unit
Courtenay Miles .... second second assistant director
Jack Steinberg .... additional second assistant director
Jeffrey Wetzel .... first assistant director
 
Art Department
P. Scott Bailey .... set dresser
Mike Blaze .... property master
David M. Bowen .... props: Seattle
Don Cinderella .... set designer
Stan Cockerell .... assistant property master
David Crvelin .... assistant art director
David E. Duncan .... concept illustrator
Robert Hale .... head paint foreman
Betty Krul .... set designer (as Betty S. Krul)
Chris Kurumada .... props
Monique Landry .... on set dresser
Michael McCombe .... head greens
Jeffrey McMahon .... construction foreman
Steven O'Bannon .... labor foreman
Harry E. Otto .... set designer (as Harry Otto)
Mike Piccirillo .... art department production assistant
Bruce Purcell .... set dresser
John H. Samson .... construction coordinator
Joe Walser .... art department coordinator
Mark Woods .... lead
Darrin Denlinger .... storyboard artist (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Carmen Baker .... supervising sound editor (as Carmen Hocson Baker)
Odin Benitez .... sound effects editor
Jim Brookshire .... sound effects editor
Kevin E. Carpenter .... sound re-recording mixer
Tim Chau .... sound designer
Tim Chau .... supervising sound editor
Carl Fischer .... boom operator
Albert Gasser .... sound effects editor
Eric Gotthelf .... adr mixer
Randall Guth .... assistant sound editor
Petur Hliddal .... production sound mixer
Doug Jackson .... sound effects editor
David Jobe .... foley mixer
Michael Jonascu .... sound effects editor
Val Kuklowsky .... sound editor
Linda Lew .... foley recordist
Nancy MacLeod .... sound effects editor
Donald J. Malouf .... supervising sound editor
Willard Overstreet .... assistant sound editor
Roger Pietschmann .... sound mixer: second unit
Troy Porter .... adr mixer
Rocky Quiroz .... utility sound person
Robert Schaper .... sound re-recording mixer
Gregory H. Watkins .... sound re-recording mixer
Christopher T. Welch .... supervising adr editor
Tom Condon .... utility sound: Washington (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Chad Baalbergen .... special effects
Wayne Beauchamp .... special effects coordinator (as John 'Wayne' Beachamp)
Scott Blackwell .... special effects foreman
Joel P. Blanchard .... special effects technician
John Fagan .... special effects technician
Jeremy Hays .... special effects technician
Paul J. Lombardi .... special effects coordinator (as Paul Lombardi)
Stephen D. Moore .... special effects technician
Keith Suzuki .... special effects technician
Frank Toro .... special effects foreman
Scott D. Mattson .... special effects office coordinator (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
Mat Beck .... visual effects supervisor
Brian Bell .... digital artist
Rob A. Kelly .... visual effects coordinator
Dan Knight .... visual effects artist
Erik Liles .... digital compositor
Scott E. Metzger .... 3D artist: Light Matters/Pixel Envy
Ira S. Rosenstein .... visual effects production manager
Colin Strause .... 3D supervisor
Greg Strause .... 2D supervisor
Greg Strause .... systems administrator
Michael Vaglienty .... digital compositor
Edson Williams .... digital artist
 
Stunts
Laura Albert .... stunts
Brian Avery .... stunts
Joe Bucaro III .... stunts
Damon Caro .... stunts
Wally Crowder .... stunts
Paul Eliopoulos .... stunts
Sean Graham .... stunts
Mike Gunther .... stunts
Gene Hartline .... stunt driver
Steve Holladay .... stunts
Jeff Imada .... stunts
Brad Martin .... stunt coordinator
Julie Michaels .... stunts
Chris O'Hara .... stunts
Chris Palermo .... stunts
Tim Rigby .... stunts
Todd Schneider .... stunts
Brandon Sebek .... stunts
Chad Stahelski .... stunts
T.J. White .... stunts
Troy Wood .... stunts
Keith Woulard .... stunts
Tommy J. Huff .... stunt driver (uncredited)
Shawn Rolly .... stunt driver (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Nico Bally .... dolly grip: "b" camera
Claudette Barius .... still photographer
Kevin Blauvelt .... rigging electrician
Massimo Bordonaro .... ad/pub services
Alexander Yves Brunner .... cinematographer's apprentice
Douglas Busby .... additional second assistant camera
Gary L. Camp .... first assistant camera (as Gary Camp)
Thomas M. Dangcil .... electrician
Stephen Drinon .... a dolly grip
Tracy Estes .... electric rigging crew
Jim Grce .... gaffer
Paul Hazard .... best boy rigging electric
Neil Holcomb .... rigging gaffer: Seattle
Lawrence Karman .... camera operator
David Katz .... video assist operator
Dan Kneece .... Steadicam operator
Dan Kneece .... camera operator
Michael LePard .... set lighting technician
Anthony T. Marra II .... key grip
Larry McCarron .... rigging grip
Michael A. McFadden .... rigging key grip
Max Neal .... assistant camera
Georgia Packard .... camera operator
Daniel Pershing .... key grip: second unit
Reid Russell .... camera loader
Reid Russell .... camera operator: Super 8
Ralph Scherer .... grip
Joaquin Sedillo .... camera operator
Heather Sims .... stand-in: on-camera
Sandi Sissel .... director of photography: second unit
David W. Slodki .... lighting console programmer
Jeffery J. Tufano .... additional camera operator
James B. Walsh .... grip
Jesse Wine .... electrician: Seattle
Tom Yatsko .... camera operator (as Thomas Yatsko)
Paul J. Morra .... second assistant camera (uncredited)
Heather Page .... camera operator: second unit (uncredited)
John Weiss Jr. .... assistant camera (uncredited)
 
Casting Department
Vesper Burnett .... extras casting assistant
Jeffrey M. Paal .... background casting
Wendy Washbrook .... extras casting
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Sabrina Calley .... key costumer
Dominick De Rasmo .... specialty costume manufacturer
Lisa A. Doyle .... set costumer
Jordanna Fineberg .... costumer
Mathew Hooey .... key costumer
Nancy Jarzynko .... costumer
Marienne O'Brien .... costumer
Lauren Press .... costume buyer
Candice Sabbah .... costumer
Carlos Rosario .... costume illustrator (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Jonathan Brayley .... first assistant editor
Lara B. Grant .... assistant editor
Craig Hayes .... second editor
Mo Henry .... negative cutter
Kindra Marra .... second assistant editor
Kenneth Marsten .... assistant editor (as Kenny Marsten)
David Orr .... color timer
Nicholas 'Nikko' Tsiotsias .... first assistant editor
Mark Tuminello .... assistant editor
 
Music Department
Cathi Black .... associate music supervisor
Brent Brooks .... music editor
Budd Carr .... music supervisor
Geneviève Thomas Colvin .... music coordinator
Eddie Delena .... music mixer
Eddie Delena .... music recordist
Steve Kempster .... score mixer
Paul Linford .... score producer
Miljenko Matijevic .... playback singer
Trevor Rabin .... score producer
David Raymond .... music playback
Gary Raymond .... music playback & concert mixer
Robert Schaper .... supervising music editor
Robert Schaper .... supervising music engineer
Jeanette Surga .... scoring music editor
Booker White .... music preparation
Anna D. Wilborn .... assistant music editor
Bud Raymond .... music playback operator (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
William Ballard .... picture car coordinator
Mark Brown .... driver: production van
Shawn Coulter .... driver
Troy Flynn .... driver
Ronnie King .... transportation
Dennis Marchant .... picture car mechanic/fabricator
Kenny Youngblood .... driver
 
Other crew
Peter Allen .... location manager: Seattle
H. Leah Amir .... production assistant
Alex Apple .... assistant location manager
Kelley Baker .... assistant accountant
Eddie Baytos .... choreographer
Jim Boyle .... location scout: Seattle
Sara Sirna Byrne .... assistant to director
Kevin A. Canamar .... set medic
Bob Chiappardi .... live concert promoter
Curtis Collins .... location manager
William M. DeLuca .... mechanic
Carol Demarti .... head dyer and ager
Mark Dobkousky .... production assistant
Danielle Fenati .... production assistant
Marc C. Geschwind .... extras coordinator
Jane E. Graves .... assistant location manager
Christopher Guilford .... production assistant
Peggy Holmes .... choreographer
Jamie Kehoe .... craft service
Michele Kennedy .... production secretary
Robert Lamkin .... chief caterer
Lyn Matsuda Norton .... script supervisor (as Lyn Matsuda)
Catherine S. McComb .... production coordinator
Randy McKenney .... extras coordinator
Randy McKenney .... stand-in
Ravi D. Mehta .... production accountant
John T. Melick .... production assistant
Shaun O'Banion .... set production assistant
Sandy O'Neill .... unit publicist
Joshua Owen .... production assistant
John Pontrelli .... production assistant
Shannon Ratcliffe .... assistant: Mr. Clooney
Louis E. Rosas .... extras coordinator
Andrew Schark .... photo double
Steffen Schlachtenhaufen .... location assistant: Seattle
Paul Schreiber .... assistant location manager
Matt Springer .... production assistant
Christian Stavrakis .... set production assistant (as Chris Stavrakis)
Kenneth Steiger .... guitar coach
Patrick Sutton .... production assistant
Jim Swidarski .... payroll accountant
Kevin Field .... production executive (uncredited)
 

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Rated R for language, sexuality and some drug content
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105 min
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Certification:
Argentina:13 | Australia:M | Canada:14A (Alberta/British Columbia/Manitoba) | Canada:14 (Nova Scotia) | Canada:AA (Ontario) | Canada:13+ (Quebec) | Finland:K-7 | Germany:12 | Iceland:L | Netherlands:AL | Norway:11 | Philippines:PG-13 | South Africa:13L | South Korea:18 (2014) | Spain:13 | Sweden:7 | UK:15 | USA:R (certificate #37887)
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Trivia:
Originally titled, "Metal God".See more »
Goofs:
Anachronisms: When Chris and Emily enter Kirk's mansion you see an image of Kirk Cuddy and Bruce Dickinson (Iron Maiden), but that picture of Bruce wasn't taken until the early '90s.See more »
Quotes:
Mats, Steel Dragon Road Manager:Whatever twirls your beanie babySee more »
Movie Connections:
References Three Kings (1999)See more »
Soundtrack:
StrangleholdSee more »

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23 out of 29 people found the following review useful.
We've seen this all before, but the film still captures an honest and insightful attitude. *** (out of four), 12 September 2001

ROCK STAR / (2001) *** (out of four)

By Blake French:

"Rock Star" is the story of a nobody who becomes propelled into fame, only to realize living his dream is not the way he imagined it. We have seen all this before (in better movies), but this human story does capture the world of rock and roll with a brutally honest and insightful edge. It garners a recommendation because of its visualization of the atmosphere. The script, by "Crazy/Beautiful" director John Stockwell, portrays the hard-core universe with memorable images-it doesn't explain what it is about, it shows us.

"Rock Star," originally titled "Metal God," stars Mark Wahlberg as Chris "Izzy" Cole, a Pittsburgh office supplies salesperson who dreams of becoming Bobby Beers, the fiery lead singer for the heavy metal rock group, Steel Dragon. Although Chris already sings for his own tribute rock group called Blood Pollution, instead of writing his own songs, he insists on performing only those by Steel Dragon, and only in the exact way they perform them. His group becomes irritated with Chris' obsessions and gives him the boot.

This devastates Chris, as well as his supportive parents and faithful girlfriend, Emily (Jennifer Aniston from TV's "Friends"). He then receives a phone call. It's the Steel Dragon band. They have seen Chris' tapes and want him to replace the recently fired lead singer. In an instant, Chris rockets into the dizzying world of sudden stardom-from the biggest rock fan to the biggest rock star. Unfortunately, it's not as rewarding as he expected.

A true story inspired the "Rock Star" concept. An Ohio supply salesman, Tim "Ripper" Owens, really did replace Rob Halford, the lead singer in Judas Priest, after initially singing for a tribute band. The rest of the film is probably fiction, although most of what happens must represent the experiences of many other bands. The film details the various ordeals of being a rock star. It explores the aspects of touring, personality differences, the danger of drug abuse and violence, struggling relationships, sexual freedom, dishonesty, and the extreme measures of the producers all to please the fans and keep popularity high.

I have seen all of Mark Wahlberg's movies, and this is the first that has earned my affection. Wahlberg, a former singer/model, has made movies like "Fear," "Boogie Nights" "Three Kings," and most recently Tim Burton's lacking remake "Planet of the Apes." I am starting to admire the young actor more and more. Although he has not performed in many successful films, he has taken many chances, and done a variety of roles. "Rock Star" is his best film to date. I can't think of many actors who could have convincingly portrayed Chris Cole's struggles and aspirations. Wahlberg truly makes "Rock Star" rock.

Jennifer Aniston lights up the screen as well. She creates a chemistry-rich relationship with Chris that induces audience participation. It's tragic of what happens to their relationship. We care about these characters a great deal.

During the film concert scenes, director Stephen Herek (who also directed "Holy Man" and the live action version of "101 Dalmatians") creates a gripping atmosphere. He captures the scenes with an intense urgency, and a raw, unmistakable energy. The musical numbers provide the film with the best, most involving scenes.

Unfortunately Herek cannot sustain the energy and zest throughout. At the three-quarters mark, he looses the spark as the movie becomes dull and unpleasant. I understand where the story needs to go in order to portray the negative side of fame, but this movie loses everything it previously had going for it. In "Almost Famous," a much better film about rock and roll, there is a certain amount of interest and life in even the most sorrowful scenes. Here, it feels as if the filmmakers lose their passion.

The message comes a bit too late and suddenly in the story. The film turns into a morality tale that wants to provide us with a sappy destination. The filmmakers might as well stop everything, appear on screen and say: "now audience, the moral of the story is…" We understand the theme, but it's too instantaneous. The personal discovery for Chris' must be gradual.

Fortunately, all of this happens in the last twenty-five minutes of the film, hardly enough to completely destroy an entire eighty-five minutes of a reasonably good feature. "Rock Star" is not a great movie-see "Almost Famous" if you want a remarkable film about rock and roll-but for Marky Mark, it's a turning point in his career.

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