Jersey Boys is a musical biography of the Four Seasons-the rise, the tough times and personal clashes, and the ultimate triumph of a group of friends whose music became symbolic of a generation. Far from a mere tribute concert (though it does include numbers from the popular Four Seasons songbook), Jersey Boys gets to the heart of the relationships at the center of the group-with a special focus on frontman Frankie Valli, the small kid with the big falsetto. In addition to following the quartet's coming of age as performers, the core of the show is how an allegiance to a code of honor learned in the streets of their native New Jersey got them through a multitude of challenges: gambling debts, Mafia threats and family disasters. Jersey Boys is a glimpse at the people behind a sound that has managed to endure for over four decades in the hearts of the public. Written by
Though producer-director Clint Eastwood doesn't act in the film, except on TV in a clip from his western series Rawhide (1959), he sang in Honkytonk Man (1982), which he also directed. In Paint Your Wagon (1969), he sang "Elisa", "Gold Fever", "I Talk to the Trees," and a duet with Lee Marvin called "Best Things". According to ClintEastwood.Net, the songs "were mostly staged and sometimes simply played over the other action, almost as if they were a kind of narration". Eastwood is also heard on the soundtrack for Kelly's Heroes (1970), in which he sings "Burning Bridges" and its B-side, "When I Loved Her". His voice can also be heard on Randy Travis' "Smokin' the Hive" and T.G. Sheppard's "Make My Day". See more »
When Johnny brings Francine into the diner to meet Frankie, there are modern electrical switches to the right of the door. See more »
You know, this may come as a surprise to you, Tommy, but I don't HAVE a police record!
Yeah? Well, it's never too late to start.
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During the credits, the actors who were seen in the film are seen dancing to Oh What a Night (December 1963). See more »
My wife and I were extremely and pleasantly surprised. I've never been into musicals...ever...my favorite up to this point was "The Sound of Music," which inspired me to get into the film industry in the first place, yet, we found ourselves seat dancing and bopping in our seats. We really enjoyed the interpersonal approach of having the characters each expressing their takes and their understanding of each situation, which brought a lot of comedic character moments to the storyline and subplots.
But the the thing that impressed us the most, was the decision to make the film NOT feel like a musical. No-one busted out in song at the wrong time...and the singing moments felt completely unforced. It was like watching a living biographical film. Great Directing job by Clint Eastwood.
Lastly, we didn't realize how many great hits Frankie Valli & the Four Seasons had. We thoroughly loved this movie....and can't wait to buy the soundtrack.
The theater was pack...and it was the biggest theater in the Tampa Bay area.
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