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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
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 ... 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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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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Very well done story of the early days of rock & roll
31 October 1999 | by generic-2See all my reviews

Judd Nelson gave an excellent performance as Alan Freed the disk jockey who coined the term Rock & Roll. All of the performances were fine and the songs of course were great. The lady who played his wife was a new face and very classy. The actor who played the heavy role was also quite good. Well worth watching.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

31 October 1999 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Canada See more »

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Stereo

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Color

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1.33 : 1
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