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Ricky Nelson: Original Teen Idol (1999)

Not Rated | | TV Movie 22 August 1999
Biographical story of rock idol and TV star, Ricky Nelson is recalled from the view of Ricky in a discussion with a fan just hours before his death in a plane crash in 1985. Told in ... See full summary »

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Biographical story of rock idol and TV star, Ricky Nelson is recalled from the view of Ricky in a discussion with a fan just hours before his death in a plane crash in 1985. Told in flashbacks, the film examines the Nelson's early life, their rise to TV stardom in the 50's, Ricky's struggles with his Dad to move into music and out of his Dad's control, and his own struggles with drugs and his star drop after his early teen successes. Written by John Sacksteder <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

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Dark, depressing & sad
6 October 2017 | by (North Carolina, USA) – See all my reviews

It's fairly accepted these biopics will include fiction, making them inaccurate as this movie is. The real failure of this movie is that it turns away from the positives and shows the dark side of everything in Rick Nelson's life & career even if it didn't really exist. When even a brief highlight is mentioned, like when he got his first movie role, it is prefaced and ended with negatives so even those highlights are presented like a bad thing. Feel like Rick Nelson had nothing but a very sad life, and I feel depressed from watching this.


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