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Writers (WGA):
John A. Jackson (book)
Matt Dorff (teleplay)
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Release Date:
31 October 1999 (USA) See more »
The story of rock 'n' roll and the people who changed music forever.
This is the story of Alan Freed. He was working as a DJ in Cleveland, Ohio, and he discovered how amazing R&B or Rhytym & Blues is... See more » | Add synopsis »
(2 articles)
Kid Rock: Sorry for the Cigar (but It's Just a Cigar)
 (From E! Online. 16 January 2012, 2:13 PM, PST)

Dave Grohl Saves Rock and Roll, Again
 (From Nerve. 7 April 2011, 5:02 PM, PDT)

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  (in credits order)

Judd Nelson ... Alan Freed

Mädchen Amick ... Jackie McCoy

David Gianopoulos ... Morris Levy
Daniel Kash ... Hooke

Leon ... Jackie Wilson

Paula Abdul ... Denise Walton


Bobby Rydell

James C. Victor ... Jerry Lee Lewis
Walter Franks ... Little Richard
Joe W. Davis ... Buddy Holly (as Joe Warren Davis)
Michael Dunston ... Bo Diddley

LeRoy D. Brazile ... Frankie Lymon

Michael Daingerfield ... Bill Haley

Fulvio Cecere ... Pete Bell

Mark Wilson ... Leo Mintz
Ross Petty ... J. Elroy McCaw
Richard Fitzpatrick ... VP Programming
Aron Tager ... J. Edgar Hoover
Reg Dreger ... Police Captain

Bruce Hunter ... Head Parent Shaw
Emidio Michetti ... Director

Egidio Tari ... FBI Agent
Robert Thomas ... Bouncer
David Crean ... Surgeon
Brittney Whalen ... Siggy
Howard Chen ... Dominoes
Paislee Crawford ... Dominoes
Gary McAuley ... Dominoes
Gavin Hope ... Teenagers
Troy P. Liddell ... Teenager (as Troy Liddell)
Chris Rouse ... Teenagers
Jae Christie ... Teenagers
Vivienne Williams ... Chantels
Hedy McKenzie ... Chantels
Novie Edwards ... Chantels
Ordena Stephens ... Chantels
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Joel Gordon

Mandy Lee Jones ... Teenager

David Stevenson
Timm Zemanek ... Racist Patron

Lara Kelly ... Worried Girl (uncredited)

Directed by
Andy Wolk 
Writing credits
John A. Jackson (book "Big Beat Heat: Alan Freed and the Early Years of Rock & Roll")

Matt Dorff (teleplay)

Produced by
Richard D. Arredondo .... producer
Ted Babcock .... co-producer
Matt Dorff .... executive producer
Lawrence Levy .... co-executive producer
Peter Sadowski .... associate producer
Robert M. Sertner .... executive producer
Erik Storey .... co-executive producer
Randy Sutter .... producer
Frank von Zerneck .... executive producer
Andy Wolk .... executive producer
Original Music by
Lawrence Shragge 
Cinematography by
Derick V. Underschultz 
Film Editing by
Mark Conte 
Casting by
Susan Glicksman 
Fern Orenstein 
Clare Walker 
Production Design by
Peter Cosco 
Art Direction by
Humberto Garcia 
Set Decoration by
Rex Fields 
Costume Design by
Trysha Bakker 
Makeup Department
Kelly Brennan .... key hair stylist
Christopher Pizzarelli .... key makeup artist
Production Management
Charles Braive .... production manager
Skates Naiman .... production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Charmaine Carvalho .... first assistant director
Donald Colafranceschi .... assistant director
Catherine Wallace .... second assistant director
Art Department
John Morrison .... property master
Sound Department
Greg Chapman .... sound mixer
Charles Dayton .... foley editor
Charles Dayton .... foley recordist
Robert L. Harman .... sound re-recording mixer (as Robert L. Harmon)
Rick Hart .... sound re-recording mixer
Rick Hinson .... sound effects editor
Shelley Cook .... stunt coordinator
Blair Johannes .... stunt performer
Regan Moore .... stunt performer
Billy Oliver .... stunt performer
Camera and Electrical Department
Gilles Corbeil .... camera operator
Ben Mark Holzberg .... still photographer
Robert McRae .... gaffer
John Medland .... still photographer
Douglas G. Reid .... best boy electric
Peter Schalakowskyj .... key grip
Casting Department
Orly Sitowitz .... casting associate (as Orley Sitowitz)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Kathleen Meade .... assistant costume designer
Editorial Department
Douglas Weiner .... first assistant editor
Bill Holley .... colorist (uncredited)
Music Department
Terri Fricon .... music supervisor
Ed Kalnins .... music editor
Lou Pomanti .... music consultant
Jeff Wolpert .... scoring mixer
Transportation Department
Neil Montgomerie .... transportation coordinator
Other crew
Donald Colafranceschi .... production assistant
Barbara Gordon .... script supervisor
Trudy Moffatt .... choreographer
John Musikka .... location scout
Nicki Skinner .... production coordinator
Sherry Wolfson .... location manager
Nancy Mouton .... assistant to executive producers Robert M. Sertner and Frank von Zerneck (uncredited )

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Mr. Rock and Roll" - USA (alternative title)
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Germany:95 min | USA:120 min (including commercials) | Argentina:100 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
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Did You Know?

Anachronisms: The actor playing Bill Haley is shown playing a guitar solo during "Rock Around the Clock", something the real Haley never did, at least not in 1957-58 when the sequence takes place.See more »
Movie Connections:
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1 out of 1 people found the following review useful.
Good for a TV movie, 5 January 2010
Author: les6969 from United Kingdom

OK it could have been better, but overall I thought it covered the lift of Alan Freed quite well. There are bound to be gaps but the main message got through. It is amazing how racist the music industry was and still is and one producer in the film said 'there are plenty of white acts doing rock and roll now, we don't need to feature blacks anymore' It was good that Mr Freed stood up to this. The actors playing the various Rock&Roll stars varied in how good they were. As usual they often over act and make it look so obvious they are miming. Watch the original Little Richard etc and you will see the charisma coming through in a way that the actors can't seem to get. Leon playing Jackie Wilson? Leon seems to play every black singer. he was David Ruffin in the Temptations story and Little Richard in the film about his life, but here as Jackie Wilson he just didn't seem right. I would recommend this film to any fan of Rock or anyone interested in the struggle of black artists.

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