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The Idolmaker (1980)

Based on the life of rock promoter/producer Bob Marcucci, who discovered, among others, Frankie Avalon and Fabian.

Director:

Taylor Hackford
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Won 1 Golden Globe. Another 2 nominations. See more awards »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ray Sharkey ... Vincent Vacarri
Tovah Feldshuh ... Brenda Roberts
Peter Gallagher ... Caesare
Paul Land ... Tommy Dee
Joe Pantoliano ... Gino Pilato
Maureen McCormick ... Ellen Fields
John Aprea ... Mario Vacarri
Richard Bright ... Uncle Tony
Olympia Dukakis ... Mrs. Vacarri
Steve Peck Steve Peck ... Mr. Frank Vacarri (as Steven Apostlee Peck)
Leonard Gaines Leonard Gaines ... Luchetti
Deney Terrio Deney Terrio ... Jerry Martin
Charles Guardino Charles Guardino ... Jesse
Michael Mislove ... Ed Sharp
Kenneth O'Brien Kenneth O'Brien ... Walt Bennett
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Storyline

1959. Twenty-seven year old Vinnie Vacarri works as a waiter at his older brother Mario's upscale Italian restaurant in Brooklyn, but much to Mario's chagrin, Vinnie lets work at the restaurant slide whenever opportunities arise to achieve his dream of being in the music business. Along with his best friend and music partner, pianist Gino Pilato, Vinnie writes songs, and believes he has everything but the most important thing to make it big, namely the look, he most self-conscious about his receding hairline. As such, he and Gino are looking for someone to perform their songs on their own terms. He thinks he's found the person in his friend Tomaso DeLorusso, a saxophonist who has been struggling himself in the club scene to find his niche. With Gino largely staying in the background, Vinnie begins a professional association with Tomaso, who he reinvents as rock singer Tommy Dee, this the beginning of Vinnie's foray into talent manager, he knowing the look and sound he wants, with his ... Written by Huggo

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He's got the look... He's got the talent... He's got the Idolmaker... He's got it all! See more »


Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »
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Trivia

This film is being remade (The Idolmaker) and will be released about thirty-four years after this original. See more »

Goofs

Before Guido's first gig, he and Tommy are in the dressing room, with Tommy smoking. Tommy talks Guido into smoking. The book of matches is modern. Matchbooks used to have the striking strip on the side that opens, directly below the matches. Unfortunately, sparks, similar to the one that flew at Guido, could have landed flown into an open book, causing all the matches to burst into flames. In 1973 a law was passed, mandating that the striker be placed on the back of the book. The matchbook Guido lays on the table does not have a striker on the side that opens, making it out of place in the early 1960's. See more »

Quotes

Vincent Vacarri: True sex comes from between your ears, not from between your legs.
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Soundtracks

Sweet Little Lover
Music and Lyrics by Jeff Barry
Sung by Jesse Frederick
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I love this movie!!!!
4 January 2005 | by DameandreaSee all my reviews

This movie is one of my all time favorites. Ray Sharkey and Peter Gallagher were amazing. The songs were great, in fact I use to own the sound track. To this day I know the words to every song. It was clear from the first time I saw the movie that Peter would go on to have longevity. I wish I knew what happened to Paul Land. He made a really good Tommy Dee. I saw the movie the other day and I still find myself having as much fun as I did when I saw it on Cable in 1981. Oh yeah Joe Pantiliano (Bad Boys, Sopranos) made a lasting impression as well. Great acting, fun for all. It is a must see for anyone with a dream. ( smile)


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Official Sites:

MGM

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Italian

Release Date:

14 November 1980 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Sombra de um Ídolo See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$318,403, 16 November 1980

Gross USA:

$2,625,716

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,625,716
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Kirkwood, Koch Company See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (TCM print)

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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