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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.

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John Stockwell
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Cast

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
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Storyline

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

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Taglines:

Every guy wants to be you. Every girl wants to be with you. See more »

Genres:

Drama | Music

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 September 2001 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Metal God See more »

Filming Locations:

California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$57,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,018,636, 9 September 2001

Gross USA:

$17,008,282

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$19,334,145
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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Jennifer Aniston will later star in The Switch (2010) with Patrick Wilson, whose wife Dagmara Dominczyk, stars in Rock Star as Tanya. See more »

Goofs

A few times in the film, the terms "cover band" is used with Chris immediately correcting them that he was in a Steel Dragon tribute band. "Tribute band" and "cover band" 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 »

Quotes

Joe: Isn't the rock star fantasy thing something you're supposed to grow out of... like around 14?
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Repeated outtakes of the reporter. See more »


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Written by Brian Wilson and Mike Love
Produced by Peter Beckett
Performed by Ralph Saenz, Peter Beckett and Steve Plunkett
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Rock On!
19 March 2002 | by ishcabibbleSee all my reviews

I really enjoyed this movie. I thought that it would be stupid and boring (and yes, at times, it was both), but there were enough quirks in it to make it really different and interesting.

First of all, I found it immensely amusing that Chris' parents were totally into his rock 'n' roll lifestyle and it was his brother who was the wet blanket instead. Also, I liked how Jennifer Aniston, as his girlfriend, handled the situation. Instead of being totally immature and jealous and breaking up with him in a screaming match with accusations flying everywhere, she calmly tells him that this is his time and his dream and although she is sad that she doesn't have a bigger part in it, she is content to go do something she wants to.

Also, I watched this movie on DVD and I would totally recommend this way to view it. If you listen to the director commentary, he tells you that there are artists from Slaughter, Dokken, Third Eye Blind, and Verve Pipe among others that play the musicians (including Jason Bonham). Therefore, these guys really contributed a lot of input as to whether the movie was realistic. As for the guy who commented that there was no connection to Judas Priest, the director said that the studded vest, hat, and collar seen at the Steel Dragon house was a direct reference to Judas Priest. Also, that the lead singer of Steel Dragon turned out to be gay.

So, if you like rock movies I would totally recommend this one!!


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