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Copacabana (1985)

Singer Tony loves dancer Lola in 1940s New York, but sinister Rico brings her to his nightclub in Havana.

Director:

Waris Hussein

Writers:

Barry Manilow (characters from the song "Copacabana" by), Bruce Sussman (characters from the song "Copacabana" by) | 2 more credits »
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Won 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Barry Manilow ... Tony Starr
Annette O'Toole ... Lola Lamar
Estelle Getty ... Bella Stern
James T. Callahan ... Dennis Reilly
Andra Akers Andra Akers ... Pamela Devereaux
Silvana Gallardo Silvana Gallardo ... Conchita Rivera
Joseph Bologna ... Rico Castelli
Ernie Sabella ... Sam Gropper
Cliff Osmond ... Angelo
Dwier Brown ... Bibi Sutton
Stanley Brock ... 2nd Publisher
Clarence Felder ... Nick Panotis
Hamilton Camp ... Nicky Richards
Hartley Silver Hartley Silver ... Husband
Ralph Clift Ralph Clift ... Customer (as Ralph M. Clift)
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Storyline

A hit song is the inspiration for this movie. In 1948, an aspiring songwriter, Tony, is working as a pianist in a bar; he meets Lola who wants to make it in show business. Tony is immediately smitten with the beautiful woman. At Manhattan's Copacabana lounge, they both start finding fame. However, fate steps in and she is swept to Havana to work in a splashy night club act where she is convinced she will find her stardom. Instead she finds Rico, a suave gangster who manages the club. Written by John Sacksteder <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

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Trivia

At the time of filming, Estelle Getty was auditioning for the role of Sophia on The Golden Girls. See more »

Quotes

Tony Starr: [Improving a musical arrangement for Lola] We'll change the keys! That always works.
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Soundtracks

!Aye Caramba!
Music by Barry Manilow
Lyric by Bruce Sussman & Jack Feldman
Sung by Barry Manilow
Produced by Barry Manilow & Bob Gaudio
Except The Original Version of "Copacabana (at the Copa)"
Produced by Barry Manilow & Ron Dante
Musical Score Adapted and Supervised by Artie Butler
New Version of "Copacabana (at the Copa)" Arranged by
Bob Gaudio & John P. Shenale
All Songs Recorded & Mixed by Joel Moss except
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Sigh, I wish I could find the unedited version.
29 September 2008 | by stumpmee77See all my reviews

I saw this movie when it first came out in and again several years later, on CBS also. Well the 2nd time around it was horribly butchered clearly to put its run time under 2 hours and stuff it full of commercials. I've been trying to find it that longer version for years cause yeah hey, Barry's on screen for more than an hour; I can live with that .

Okay Barry's passable actor. He's not as good as Gene Kelly but not as dismal as Neil Diamond (Two minutes of the "Jazz Singer" remake with Diamond on screen was all I could stomach). It has the distinction of being of 4 TV movie musical I could tolerate. The musical numbers are above average and the setting (refetrring to the time period) has a more authentic look than many movies over the last 20 years taking place in the 40s or 50s. Baring that sad ending; it brought back to mind MGM musicals.

My gripe with this movie, why I'm giving it an 8 is Tony, the character Barry plays--What (acting) reach is he doing??? He's playing himself! Manilow nut me has read books about him, every article I could get my mitts on and the background story is his life with a little tweaking here and there. Wish he had put himself in another movie genre first. As good entertain as it was, the chosen role for his debut was not a very good one.


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Country:

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Language:

English

Release Date:

3 December 1985 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Barry Manilow's Copacabana See more »

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