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

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Alan Freed
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Sheryl
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Mookie
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Teenage Louise
Carl Weaver ...
Member of The Chesterfields (as Carl Earl Weaver)
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Member of The Chesterfields
Sam Harkness ...
Member of The Chesterfields
Arnold McCuller ...
Member of The Chesterfields
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Lennie Richfield
Moosie Drier ...
Artie Moress
John Lehne ...
D.A. Coleman
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Stone
Jack Edward Ellis ...
Phillips
Richard Forbes ...
Donahue
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Peter Overmyer
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Mr. Leonard
Pat McNamara ...
Gordie
Will Thornbury ...
Sid
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Louie Morgan
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Himself
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Himself
Screamin' Jay Hawkins ...
Himself
Charles Greene ...
Chuck Otis
Kenny Vance ...
Prof. La Plano
Joe Esposito ...
Member of The Planotones
Bruce Sudano ...
Member of The Planotones
Eddie Hokenson ...
Member of The Planotones (as Ed Hokenson)
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Member of The Delights
Joyce King ...
Member of The Delights
Yolande Howard ...
Member of The Delights
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Member of The Delights
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Newscaster #1
Marion Perkins ...
Artie's Mom
Matthew Tobin ...
Artie's Dad
Bobby Johnson ...
Tap Dancer
Harold 'Red' Keller ...
Stage Manager (as Red Keller)
Elmer Valentine ...
Union Man
Charles Irwin ...
Member of Timmy and The Tangerines
Jeanne Sheffield ...
Member of Timmy and The Tangerines
Andrea Robinson ...
Girl Backstage
Gail Kantor ...
Girl Backstage
Patricia Clinger ...
Girl Backstage
Mark Diamond ...
Stagehand
Al Maines ...
Tap Dancer
Artie Ripp ...
Artie
Lenny Capizzi ...
Member of Singing Group in Front of Theater
Bill Capizzi ...
Member of Singing Group in Front of Theater (as Chesley Uxbridge)
V.J. Mariano ...
Member of Singing Group in Front of Theater
Maurice Starr ...
Kid Playing Garbage Can
John Hawker ...
Janitor
Heather Lowe ...
Harriet - D.A.'s Secretary
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Louise's Mom
Garry Goodrow ...
Louise's Dad
Frank Campana ...
Leo Goldstein
Buddy Micucci ...
Moriarty (as Buddy Neil Micucci)
Arnold Johnson ...
Arnold - Musician in Bar
George Poulos ...
D.J. #1
Doug Samaha ...
D.J. #2
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Diamond's Manager
Dina Ousley ...
Stage Manager's Date
Dianne Brooks ...
LeVerne
Denise Maynelli ...
Lulu
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Girlfriend (as Nancy Dalziel)
Andrea Claudio ...
Girl at Bar
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Girl at Bar
Ted Schwartz ...
Gary - Music Librarian
Eric Mercury ...
Tyrone Blackwood
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Song Plugger
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Debbie
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Susie
Michael Heit ...
Mr. Morris - Manager
Bob Mazzone ...
Johnny Foster
Tom Baker ...
Vinnie - Promo Man
Daria Zetlen ...
Receptionist
Fil Formicola ...
Man Singing in the Hallway
Frankie Ford ...
Himself
Lisa Medford ...
Lily Belle
Hank Hamilton ...
Jerry Lee's Bodyguard
Sharon Dior ...
Mrs. Leo Goldstein
Ron Krietzman ...
Ron - Record Producer
Connie Slamar ...
George's Girlfriend
Mary Peters ...
Big Red
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Billy Russo
Richard Perry ...
George - Record Producer
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Delivery Boy
Scott Miller ...
Boy at Concert
Christopher Koefoed ...
Fat Frankie (as Christopher L. Koefoed)
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Freed's Friend (as William Davis)
Penny Long ...
Girl in Studio (as Penny Mutrux)
Mario Maglieri ...
Italian Man
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Record Producer
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Douglas Alexander ...
Reporter (uncredited)
Doby Daenger ...
Rock 'n' Roll Chick (uncredited)
Kristine Greco ...
Girl in Soundbooth (uncredited)
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Policeman (uncredited)
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Girl in front of Theater (uncredited)
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Recording Studio Manager (uncredited)
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Boy at Concert (uncredited)
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Band Leader (uncredited)
David Pollock ...
Fan (uncredited)
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Teen Rioter (uncredited)
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Girl Backstage with Screaming Jay Hawkins with the Coffin and Chuck Berry (uncredited)

Directed by

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Floyd Mutrux

Written by

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John Kaye ... (screenplay)
 
John Kaye ... (story) and
Art Linson ... (story)

Produced by

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Fred T. Gallo ... associate producer
Art Linson ... producer

Music by

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Kenny Vance

Cinematography by

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William A. Fraker ... director of photography

Film Editing by

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Ronald J. Fagan
Melvin Shapiro

Editorial Department

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Danford B. Greene ... supervising film editor
Alice Mayer ... assistant editor
Jan Wesley ... assistant editor

Casting By

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Terry Liebling

Art Direction by

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Elayne Barbara Ceder

Set Decoration by

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George Gaines

Costume Design by

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Robert De Mora ... (as Robert DeMora)

Makeup Department

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Lynda Gurasich ... hair stylist
Gary Liddiard ... makeup artist

Production Management

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Fred T. Gallo ... unit production manager
Lindsley Parsons Jr. ... executive production manager: Paramount (uncredited)

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Frederic B. Blankfein ... second assistant director (as Fred Blankfein)
Barrie M. Osborne ... second assistant director
Joseph B. Wallenstein ... assistant director (as Joe Wallenstein)

Art Department

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George Tuers ... property master
Rich Valesko ... property master (as Richard Valesko)

Sound Department

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Robert Knudson ... re-recording mixer
Alan Robert Murray ... sound effects editor (as Alan Murray)
Tom Overton ... sound mixer (as Thomas Overton)
George Watters II ... sound effects editor

Special Effects by

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Ken Speed ... special effects assistant (uncredited)

Stunts

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Debbie Evans ... stunt performer
R.A. Rondell ... stunts (uncredited)

Camera and Electrical Department

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Dick Colean ... camera operator
Marlin Hall ... key grip
Norman Lang ... electrician
Doug Pentek ... gaffer
Tony Rivetti ... first assistant camera: additional camera
Ronald L. Vargas Jr. ... first assistant camera

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Mina Mittelman ... costumer: women
Don Vargas ... costumer: men

Music Department

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Milton Lustig ... music editor
Ira Newborn ... conductor / music arranger
Kenny Vance ... music producer / music supervisor

Transportation Department

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Chris Haynes ... driver (uncredited)

Other crew

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Pamela Alch ... script supervisor (as Pam Alch)
Wayne Fitzgerald ... title designer
Gary Kalkin ... unit publicist
Douglas Dean III ... production assistant (uncredited)

Thanks

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Lance Freed ... personal thanks

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Storyline

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Plot Summary

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

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Taglines 1959. New York City. The battleground was Rock and Roll. It was the beginning of an era. You shoulda been there. See more »
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Also Known As
  • American Hot Wax - kuumaa vahaa (Finland)
  • Viva o Rock'n Roll (Portugal)
  • Kuumaa vahaa (Finland)
  • Amerykanska lista przebojów (Poland)
  • Американский воск (Soviet Union, Russian title)
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Runtime
  • 91 min
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Did You Know?

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Trivia Chuck Berry, Jerry Lee Lewis and Screamin' Jay Hawkins all guest star in the movie in special stage performances. The three singers figured prominently in the birth of rock 'n' roll during the 1950s. See more »
Goofs Artie is seen with copies of the albums "The Chirping Crickets" and "Buddy Holly and the Crickets", the latter being a re-issue of the former, and not released until 1962. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in Hollywood Rocks the Movies: The 1970s (2002). See more »
Soundtracks "Little Star' See more »
Quotes [last lines]
Alan Freed: You can stop me, but you're never gonna stop rock and roll!
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