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Bandwagon (1996)

Tony gets fired from his job. He's not really sad about this because he prefers writing songs and playing the guitar. He meets the drummer Charlie and they decide to start a band, although ... See full summary »


John Schultz


John Schultz
2 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Kevin Corrigan ... Wynn Knapp
Steve Parlavecchio Steve Parlavecchio ... Eric Ellwood
Lee Holmes Lee Holmes ... Tony Ridge
Matthew Hennessey Matthew Hennessey ... Charlie Flagg
Doug MacMillan Doug MacMillan ... Linus Tate
Doug McCallie Doug McCallie ... Chester Mealy
Steph Robinson Steph Robinson ... Dizz
Mary Ellen Williams Mary Ellen Williams ... Helen
Jeffrey Pillars Jeffrey Pillars ... Trumholdt
Marguerite Lowell Marguerite Lowell ... Mona La Rue
Lisa Keller ... Ann Halen
Sally Nussbaumer Sally Nussbaumer ... Mom Flagg
Beth Cameron Beth Cameron ... Record Store Girl
Lee-Anthony Holloway Lee-Anthony Holloway ... Member of Spittle (as Lee Anthony Holloway)
Rob Munk Rob Munk ... Member of Spittle


Tony gets fired from his job. He's not really sad about this because he prefers writing songs and playing the guitar. He meets the drummer Charlie and they decide to start a band, although Tony is afraid of playing in front of other people. He can't even play in front of Charlie. They find another guitarist, Wynn, who enjoys fishing if he's not playing the guitar. The final member of the band is Eric, the bass-player who is often unpredictable in his actions. They name the band Circus Monkey and want to get famous and rich. However, after some successful gigs, they begin to realize what all the big music and show business is about. Written by Gerhard Windecker <g.wind@mbox300.swipnet.se>

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Finally, a movie about a band.


Comedy | Music







Release Date:

12 September 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A nagy turné See more »

Filming Locations:

Raleigh, North Carolina, USA


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$22,189, 14 September 1997, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$22,189, 14 September 1997
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Technical Specs




Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Actor Steve Parlavecchio (aka bassist Eric Ellwood) passed away on May 5, 2014 at the age of 43 in New Jersey. See more »


References Purple Rain (1984) See more »

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Pleasing... with good songs.
10 January 2005 | by shanfloydSee all my reviews

The day after I saw this movie on TV I went to the DVD store to order it. Two days later they told me there is no DVD or VCD for this movie and that got me surprised. ''Bandwagon'' is such a simply-made, feel-good movie I wish to watch over and over again. The cute fairy-tale-like story with quite excellent original songs are the major plus points. There are a number of movies out there dealing with small-town garage bands achieving fame and fortune but... I don't know, this is somehow different. That's probably because the director John Schulz never showed Circus Monkey as a band with really talented musicians. All that happened to them just... happened. That's why I liked it so much, it never abandoned the indifferent attitude towards the characters and in most cases pointed out their follies rather than their musical skills.

There are drawbacks, if one wishes to point them out, like a bit unrealistic tour schedule or some weak dialogs at some times. But I think there's no point in finding out loopholes in these kind of films. These films are meant to please you and in that sense I have to say, the filmmakers did a pretty good job. The four band members, with different personalities are very well portrayed by the actors especially Lee Holmes as the lead singer Tony. The songs are quite better than average. I hummed "It Couldn't Be Ann" for at least a week thereafter. As a whole, one would never be disappointed on watching it. 4/5

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