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Mr. Rock 'n' Roll: The Alan Freed Story (1999)

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This is the story of Alan Freed. He was working as a DJ in Cleveland, Ohio, and he discovered how amazing R&B or Rhytym & Blues is, however, the music is considered to be "BLACK" music. So,... See full summary »

Director:

Andy Wolk

Writers:

John A. Jackson (book), Matt Dorff (teleplay)
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Judd Nelson ... Alan Freed
Mädchen Amick ... Jackie McCoy
David Gianopoulos ... Morris Levy
Daniel Kash ... Hooke
Leon ... Jackie Wilson
Paula Abdul ... Denise Walton
Fabian
Bobby Rydell
James C. Victor ... Jerry Lee Lewis
Walter Franks Walter Franks ... Little Richard
Joe W. Davis Joe W. Davis ... Buddy Holly (as Joe Warren Davis)
Michael Dunston Michael Dunston ... Bo Diddley
LeRoy D. Brazile ... Frankie Lymon
Michael Daingerfield ... Bill Haley
Fulvio Cecere ... Pete Bell
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This is the story of Alan Freed. He was working as a DJ in Cleveland, Ohio, and he discovered how amazing R&B or Rhytym & Blues is, however, the music is considered to be "BLACK" music. So, most radio stations won't play it. However, Freed believed that it's the next wave, so he fights to have it played on the air. Eventually, he went into the big time - New York, and he decided to dub this music "ROCK & ROLL". Despite his success, he still had a lot of opposition and made deals with the wrong people, which would lead to his downfall. Written by <rcs0411@yahoo.com>

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The story of rock 'n' roll and the people who changed music forever.

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Biography | Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

31 October 1999 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Mr. Rock and Roll See more »

Filming Locations:

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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Stereo

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Color

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1.33 : 1
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The actor playing Bill Haley is shown playing a guitar solo during "Rock Around the Clock", something the real Haley never did, at least not in 1957-58 when the sequence takes place. See more »

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Interesting Look at Early Rock and Roll
6 September 2003 | by craig_smith9See all my reviews

This is an interesting movie on several levels. First, a good look at early rock and roll. You get glimpses of what goes on behind the scenes to start something new. We forget that rock and roll was a scary, challenging music to the parents in the early 1950's. We forget how people looked at race relations in the 1950's. This movie provides glimpses of that time.

The teens took to it because they liked the beat, as a means of rebelling, and as a way to show their independence. Mostly I think they liked the upbeat tempo of the music.

As Alan Freed liked to keep pointing out, he was Mr. Rock and Roll. He started the revolution. Unfortunately for him, the music grew bigger than him. In time, the music was what became important. It took him awhile but I think he finally understood that.

Unfortunately we don't get to see the original stars (this was made in 1991 - 35 years later). But the music is there, how they performed is there, how they danced is there. The story of the movie is the music. And it was (is) great music. Enjoy it.


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