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Doc Pomus was the most unlikely of rock & roll icons. Paralyzed with polio as a child, Brooklyn-born Jerome Felder reinvented himself first as a blues singer, renaming himself Doc Pomus, ... See full summary »

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Doc Pomus was the most unlikely of rock & roll icons. Paralyzed with polio as a child, Brooklyn-born Jerome Felder reinvented himself first as a blues singer, renaming himself Doc Pomus, then as a songwriter, creating some of the greatest hits of the early rock and roll era: "Save the Last Dance for Me," "This Magic Moment," "A Teenager in Love," "Viva Las Vegas," and a thousand others. Doc used crutches and a wheelchair. He lived life fully, if not always happily or easily. A.K.A. DOC POMUS brings to life Doc's joyous, heartbreaking, romantic, and extraordinarily eventful journey. Packed with incomparable music and rare archival imagery, it features a cast which includes Dr. John, Ben E. King, Joan Osborne, Shawn Colvin, Dion, Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller, and B.B. King. As well, Doc's journals are read in the film by his close friend, Lou Reed. Doc Pomus is a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and the first white person inducted to The Rhythm and Blues Hall Of Fame. His ... Written by Anonymous

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Absolutely fantastic! This deserves to win an Oscar.
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This is a beautifully told story about Doc Pomus who was stricken with polio and led a very interesting life meeting fascinating people along the way and wrote popular songs we known and love including Save the Last dance for me. I just loved this movie because it was poignant and touching. It showed the struggles of an underdog who had successes but also failures. It was humorous yet sad....and uplifting at the same time. The songs in this movie were fantastic and woven into the storyline seamlessly. I enjoyed every minute of the movie and felt for Doc Pomus. You left the movie satisfied and in awe of Jerome's fascinating life. He had such an impact on so many songs we cherish and love today. Will Hechter deserves so much credit for putting together this wonderful movie. I recommend this movie to everyone!


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