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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 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

Taglines:

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

During a TV interview at the time just after this film was released, Chuck Berry said he handled his own wardrobe, and it was all authentic. He still had an entire closet full of the suits he wore while touring during the time frame portrayed in the film, so what he wears in the film is what he actually wore on stage during the 1950s. See more »

Goofs

Artie Moress is the young president of the Buddy Holly fan club. He supposedly started his Buddy Holly fan club after hearing that Buddy Holly died in a plane a crash. However, the movie depicting the life of Alan Freed, which ends with the infamous Rock n' Roll riot that took place in Boston in 58 Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and The Big Bopper didn't die in their plane crash until Feb. 3rd 1959. See more »

Quotes

Alan Freed: This is Alan Freed... and this is Rock and Roll.
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Connections

Featured in Hollywood Rocks the Movies: The 1970s (2002) See more »

Soundtracks

Willie and the Hand Jive
Written and performed by Johnny Otis
Courtesy of Capitol Records
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User Reviews

Any one who loves rock and roll needs to see this film!!!
1 October 1998 | by bride-2See all my reviews

I love this movie. I saw it again on television a couple of years ago and tried to get my kids to sit down and watch it. I thought that the movie would give them a better appreciation of the music they take for granted and enjoy today if they could see what some people went through and the risks they took so that rock and roll could survive.


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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 March 1978 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

American Hot Wax - kuumaa vahaa 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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