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

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Taglines:

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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Official Sites:

MGM

Country:

USA

Language:

English

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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Production Co:

Kirkwood,Koch Company See more »
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Runtime:

| (TCM print)

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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The film's composer Jeff Barry is the father of John Colton Barry; writer and songwriter on Disney's Phineas and Ferb. See more »

Goofs

In the opening sequence taking place in 1959, a one dollar "Green Seal" Federal Reserve bill is shown. The treasury dept introduced them starting in 1963. "Blue Seal" Silver Certificates were in use in 1959. See more »

Quotes

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

A Boy and a Girl
Music and Lyrics by Jeff Barry
Sung by The Sweet Inspirations & The London Fog
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One of My All-Time Faves
15 January 2006 | by OceanPaganSee all my reviews

This one's a movie I never was able to get tired of, so I finally purchased it online. The music is catchy and irresistible, the electrifying Ray Sharkey was at his usual best and, according to IMDb, this was Peter Gallagher's first movie.

As Gallagher's various profiles indicate, he performed in a band early on, and whatever he drew from that makes him shine on stage in Idolmaker. Now he's releasing CD's of his singing and original songs - go figure. Obviously the late great Sharkey didn't invest that theatrical gene in Gallagher, but he and this movie can only have nourished and enhanced it.

Sharkey truly was a tiger tiger burning bright and he never shone brighter than as the Idolmaker.

Olympia Dukakis was perfect as the Idolmaker's mother. Color me surprised; that actress can do no wrong, in my opinion.

The music in this film is a huge part of its charm, as has been said before. And it looks like more of the movie was choreographed than just the stage scenes and Vinnie's training of his would-be stars; the whole thing just ends up being served up as perfectly as a 5-star gourmet dinner.


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