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American Hot Wax (1978)

The story of Alan Freed, the pioneering disc jockey who was instrumental in introducing and popularizing rock 'n' roll in the 1950s.

Director:

Floyd Mutrux

Writers:

John Kaye (screenplay), John Kaye (story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tim McIntire ... Alan Freed
Fran Drescher ... Sheryl
Jay Leno ... Mookie
Laraine Newman ... Teenage Louise
Carl Weaver Carl Weaver ... Member of The Chesterfields (as Carl Earl Weaver)
Al Chalk ... Member of The Chesterfields
Sam Harkness Sam Harkness ... Member of The Chesterfields
Arnold McCuller Arnold McCuller ... Member of The Chesterfields
Jeff Altman ... Lennie Richfield
Moosie Drier ... Artie Moress
John Lehne John Lehne ... D.A. Coleman
Stewart Steinberg ... Stone
Jack Edward Ellis Jack Edward Ellis ... Phillips
Richard Forbes Richard Forbes ... Donahue
Stephen Pearlman ... Peter Overmyer
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Storyline

This is the story loosely based on Cleveland disc jockey Alan Freed, who introduced rock 'n' roll to teenage American radio audiences in the 1950s. Freed was a source of great controversy: criticized by conservatives for corrupting youth with the "devil's music"; hated by racists for promoting African American music for white consumption; persecuted by law enforcement officials and finally brought down by the "payola" scandals. Written by Martin Lewison <lewison+@pitt.edu>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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1959. New York City. The battleground was Rock and Roll. It was the beginning of an era. You shoulda been there.

Genres:

Drama | History | Music

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »
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Trivia

Jerry Lee Lewis: As himself. See more »

Goofs

The riot at the live Rock n' Roll show in 58', which ultimately led to Freed being fired from WINS Radio in NY, and forced into bankruptcy. Actually, the riot that Freed was accused of starting, but was later cleared of all charges, took place at the Boston Arena, and not the Paramount Theater in Brooklyn, like the movie depicts. See more »

Quotes

Chuck Berry: You know, rock and roll has been pretty good to me. I think I'll dedicate this one to it.
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Connections

Featured in The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #19.47 (2010) See more »

Soundtracks

"Little Star'
Written by Arthur Venosa and Vito Picone
Performed by The Elegants
Courtesy of ABC Records, Inc.
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Great movie - hope to be able to see it again.
10 March 2003 | by deweeseccSee all my reviews

This was a great movie. I saw it when it came out and have always hoped to see it again. I particularly loved the studio scene where they were recording Come Go with me. The offhand way the song went from blah to fantastic, and the way the group and the crew all went nuts over it was really fun. It has stuck in my mind all these years.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 March 1978 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

American Hot Wax See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$7,932,571

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$7,932,571
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Paramount Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (Ontario)

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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