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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.

Director:

Stephen Herek

Writer:

John Stockwell
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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
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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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The story of a wanna be who got to be. 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, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$17,008,282

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$19,334,145
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DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?

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

After the first concert, while they are dancing, when Emily is dancing with two people, one clearly looks at the camera. See more »

Quotes

Chris: You know, I'm just a regular guy who grew up with the posters of these guys on my wall... and now I'm one of them! That's right, I'm standing here, living proof that if you work hard enough, and you want it bad enough... dreams do come true. So follow your dreams...
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Crazy Credits

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

Connections

References Batman (1966) See more »

Soundtracks

Lick It Up
Written by Vinnie Vincent (as Vincent Cusano) and Paul Stanley
Performed by KISS
Courtesy of The Island Def Jam Music Group
Under License from Universal Music Enterprises
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Be Careful What You Wish For
7 December 2001 | by trudy.keenanSee all my reviews

Mark Walhberg in a great role, idolises a rock star to the extent of knowing all his songs, imitating him to perfection, and dressing like him. When the opportunity comes for him to take over his "idol's" role in the band, he jumps at the opportunity. However the role of a rock star may not be what it is cracked up to be... and relationships can change .... This movie certainly struck me as having the theme of what you attain for may not be what you think it is once you get it. Overall a really good movie with great performances from all the cast as well as the two leads, Mark Walhberg and Jennifer Aniston. It did make me feel sad, especially when Emily, (Jennifer Aniston), met up with Chris in Seattle and saw the depths to what he had sunk. If anybody ever dreamed of being a rock star or a groupie they should watch this movie to see that the lifestyle, although glamourous for a while, is very lonely and ultimately not what you may want.


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