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Rock Star (2001)

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Lead singer of a tribute band becomes lead singer of the real band he idolizes.


Stephen Herek


John Stockwell
3,846 ( 197)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Mark Wahlberg ... Chris 'Izzy' Cole
Jennifer Aniston ... Emily Poule
Dominic West ... Kirk Cuddy, Steel Dragon Guitarist
Jason Bonham Jason Bonham ... A.C., Steel Dragon Drummer
Jeff Pilson ... Jorgen, Steel Dragon Bassist
Zakk Wylde ... Ghode, Steel Dragon Guitarist
Timothy Spall ... Mats, Steel Dragon Road Manager
Blas Elias ... Donny Johnson, Blood Pollution Drummer
Nick Catanese Nick Catanese ... Xander Cummins, Blood Pollution Guitarist
Brian Vander Ark Brian Vander Ark ... Ricki Bell, Blood Pollution Bassist
Timothy Olyphant ... Rob Malcolm, Blood Pollution Guitarist
Dagmara Dominczyk ... Tania Asher, Steel Dragon Public Relations
Matthew Glave ... Joe Cole
Michael Shamus Wiles ... Mr. Cole
Beth Grant ... Mrs. Cole


Chris Cole was born to rock. His longtime girlfriend Emily believes his talent could take him all the way - but Chris worships at the altar of Bobby Beers, the fiery frontman for heavy metal legends Steel Dragon. By day, Chris still lives at home with his parents and spends his days repairing copy machines. But when Chris takes the stage, fronting Pennsylvania's premiere Steel Dragon tribute band, all of that disappears. Chris Cole is Bobby Beers - mesmerizing audiences with his perfect imitation of Beers' electrifying vocals. The night his bandmates boot him out of the group, Chris is devastated - until an unexpected phone call changes his life forever: He, Chris Cole, has been tapped to replace Bobby Beers as the lead singer of Steel Dragon. In an instant, Chris rockets to the dizzying heights of sudden stardom, rising from devotee to icon, from rock fan to rock god - the wanna-be who got to be. So what happens when an average guy gets everything he wants - and discovers it's not ... Written by Sujit R. Varma

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Dream big. Live the life. See more »


Drama | Music

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language, sexuality and some drug content | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Release Date:

7 September 2001 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Metal God See more »

Filming Locations:

California, USA See more »


Box Office


$57,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,018,636, 9 September 2001, Wide Release

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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Company Credits

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS


Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


A few times in the film, the terms "cover band" and "tribute band" are thrown around with misconceptions of them meaning the same things. They are actually different. Chris' band Blood Pollution and their rivals, Black Babylon are "tribute bands" as they cover songs by just one band--Steel Dragon. "Cover bands" on the other hand, cover songs by an assortment of bands and artists, not just sticking to one. See more »


During band practice, Donny is seen wearing a Metallica shirt not made until the mid-'90s. See more »


Chris: I don't want to be in some cut-rate cover band that butchers the music the people come to hear, just so you can play your crappy originals!
Rob: Crappy originals? I think "Whole and a half" kicks ass, and I'm proud as shit to have written it.
Chris: Yeah? I guess that's why we get so many requests for it.
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Crazy Credits

The guys in Steel Dragon dancing on stage to a Marky Mark song. See more »


Spoofs Lord of the Dance (1997) See more »


Written by Brian Vander Ark
Produced by Patrick Leonard
Performed by Chris Cole Band
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User Reviews

Rock Star: I should have liked this more
30 May 2018 | by PlatypuschowSee all my reviews

Rock Star tells the story of the lead singer of a tribute band who get's to live out his dreams on a much grander stage. Starring Mark Wahlberg, Jennifer Aniston, Timothy Spall and Timthy Olyphant it certainly doesn't lack star power.

As you'd imagine being a movie about classic/glam rock the soundtrack is fantastic, right up there among the best of them though shatter any illusions you may have that it was Wahlberg singing.

It's big, it's stylish and to my knowledge it's pretty damn accurate so why am I not rating this higher? I like the cast, I'm an old school rocker myself and on paper this should be a guaranteed tick in the win column from me.

The construction of a movie is simple, you need a beginning a middle and an end and Rock Star has that but in a rather disjointed way. The films construction is my biggest grip, it comes across more like a Behind the Music episode than an actual movie. The protagonist walks away having learned several life lessons but the viewer (Or rather in this viewers case) it felt more empty than it should have.

Rock Star is an interesting enough look at a subject rarely touched upon by the mainstream Hollywood movie industry but perhaps needed an additional 30+ minute to really flesh it out.

The Good:

Great cast

Awesome soundtrack

Some brilliant visuals

First movie ever to make Timothy Spall a successful "Good guy"

The Bad:

Olyphant feels wasted

Oddly built

I struggled to feel for our leads

Things I Learnt From This Movie:

Jennifer Aniston holds the secret of eternal youth

They could/should have found Wahlberg a better wig

Ballet is where rock stars go to die

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