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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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Trivia

Brad Pitt was initially offered the role of Chris Cole. See more »

Goofs

After Izzy falls down the stairs, his head is bleeding. He walks backstage after the first song, wipes nearly all the blood off his face. Back onstage 2 seconds later, and he has blood all over his forehead and face. This is NOT a goof, due to the scalp being highly vascular, and thus bleeds profusely from any cut. See more »

Quotes

Rob: Wouldn't you rather fail as yourself, then succeed as some Bobby Beers clone?
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Crazy Credits

Repeated outtakes of the reporter. See more »

Connections

Spoofs My Favorite Year (1982) See more »

Soundtracks

Batman Theme
Written by Neal Hefti
Performed by Trevor Rabin
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High Entertainment Value Compensates for Plot Problems
10 September 2001 | by noahkSee all my reviews

I've been looking forward to the release of this movie since I first heard the concept two years ago, and I was not disappointed. I won't bother summarizing the story since everyone else has, but I will say that it was just plain entertaining throughout. The performances were great, as was the music, and the main characters were likeable.

My only complaints are: (1) the story was definitely lacking; the movie wrapped up very abruptly- in fact the writing became pretty lax in the second half, as though the writers weren't sure what to do with the plot. Since the plot wasn't nearly as important as the music and the action, this didn't really affect the entertainment value of the film, so this is not as major a complaint as it would seem.

(2) This is really nitpicky, but the music that the characters in the movie were listening to was sometimes dated after 1985, when the movie was set. INXS' Devil Inside was from 1987 and AC/DC's Are You Ready was from 1990, among other mistakes. This bothers me a bit, since they obviously went to lengths to make a good period piece, they could have checked the copyright date on these songs to make sure they were 1985 or earlier. Again, not a big deal.

Oh, I thought of something else that was strange. The Steel Dragon band members were supposed to be English, but for some reason Dokken bassist Jeff Pilson and Ozzy guitarist Zakk Wylde played band members, and they each had a couple of speaking lines in AMERICAN accents. That was kind of lazy also, but it was still cool to see actual musicians playing musicians, so I will forgive that as well.

I could probably nitpick all day, but I don't want to give the impression that this wasn't a super entertaining movie. I will probably buy the DVD when it comes out, and I will certainly buy the soundtrack CD simply for the six Steel Dragon songs (some of which were sung by the singer from the band Steelheart, if you remember them!). The highlight of the film was possibly a great outtake where Mark Wahlberg is lipsynching to a rock song on stage and suddenly someone plays "Good Vibrations" by Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch. The surprised look of Mark's face is priceless. Classic rock and roll flick! Score: 8/10 due to extreme entertainment


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