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Jersey Boys (2014)

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The story of four young men from the wrong side of the tracks in New Jersey who came together to form the iconic 1960s rock group The Four Seasons.

Director:

Clint Eastwood

Writers:

Marshall Brickman (screenplay), Rick Elice (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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4 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Vincent Piazza ... Tommy DeVito
John Lloyd Young ... Frankie Valli
Steve Schirripa ... Vito (as Steven R. Schirripa)
Christopher Walken ... Gyp DeCarlo
Kathrine Narducci ... Frankie's Mother
Lou Volpe ... Frankie's Father
Johnny Cannizzaro ... Nick DeVito
Michael Patrick McGill ... Officer Mike
Jacqueline Mazarella ... Angry Woman
Michael Lomenda ... Nick Massi
Lacey Hannan ... Angela
Scott Vance ... Detective #1
Steve Rankin ... Detective #2
Ivar Brogger ... Judge
Scott Michael Vance Scott Michael Vance ... Prison Guard (as Scott Michael Morgan)
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Storyline

This movie is a musical biography of the Four Seasons, the rise, the tough times and personal clashes, and the ultimate triumph of a group of friends whose music became symbolic of a generation. Far from a mere tribute concert (though it does include numbers from the popular Four Seasons songbook), this movie gets to the heart of the relationships at the center of the group, with a special focus on frontman Frankie Valli (John Lloyd Young), the small kid with the big falsetto. In addition to following the quartet's coming-of-age as performers, the core of this movie is how an allegiance to a code of honor learned in the streets of their native New Jersey got them through a multitude of challenges: gambling debts, Mafia threats, and family disasters. This movie is a glimpse at the people behind a sound that has managed to endure for over four decades in the hearts of the public. Written by Broadway.com

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Taglines:

Everybody remembers it how they need to.

Genres:

Biography | Drama | Music

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Rated R for language throughout | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Christopher Walken was the first cast member to join. See more »

Goofs

When performing "Walk Like A Man" on American Bandstand, the band is called Frankie Valli And The Four Seasons. The name changed in 1970 after Tommy DeVito and Nick Massi left the band. See more »

Quotes

Bob Gaudio: [about Bob Crewe] I remember thinking there was something off with this guy. This was 1959, people thought Liberace was just theatrical.
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Crazy Credits

During the credits, the actors who were seen in the film are seen dancing to Oh What a Night (December 1963). See more »

Connections

Spoofed in Not Jersey Boys XXX: A Porn Musical (2014) See more »

Soundtracks

Silhouettes
Written by Bob Crewe and Frank Slay
Performed by John Lloyd Young (uncredited)
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A brilliant narration on the true cost of fame and fortune and how pain and loss can conceive everlasting music.
18 June 2014 | by LloydBayerSee all my reviews

There's a reason why the 1960s is widely known as the "Golden Era" of music, specifically, the birth of what is now called Rock n Roll. Comprising of four British teenagers from Liverpool, The Beatles produced their first album (Please Please Me) in 1963 and went on to be regarded as the greatest rock and roll band of all time. But just a year earlier, in 1962, four boys from New Jersey made heads turn and girls swoon with a unique 'sound' to their music. Jersey Boys is the phenomenal true story of a 'sound' that took four boys from New Jersey's mob controlled suburbs and made them into the icons they are today – legends whose music is still celebrated more than five decades on!

Produced and directed by another living legend – Clint Eastwood – Jersey Boys is a Tony Award winning Broadway and West End musical adaptation of the same name. Scripted by Woody Allen's Oscar winning collaborate Marshall Brickman (Anne Hall and Manhattan), the story benefits from a deeply dramatized account of the stage production, thus making it a biopic rather than just a musical. This is why the audience has to wait a good hour before Frankie Valli (John Lloyd Young) makes our feet tap to the film's first real track: Sherry. But before we get to hear Young's remarkable rendition of Valli's incredible falsetto pitch, Brickman's story takes us through New Jersey's underworld circa. Valli is a good Italian-American kid but his friend Tommy DeVito (Vincent Piazza) is just the opposite. They are both connected to local mobster Gyp DeCarlo (Christopher Walken). Taking Valli under his wing, Tommy puts together a small time band but only manages mediocre returns while also moonlighting as juvenile delinquents. This changes with the arrival of Bob Gaudio (Erich Bergen), a golden goose of a singer- song writer whose epiphany changes the band's name from The Four Lovers to The Four Seasons. Then, with the addition of bass guitarist and singer Nick Massi (Michael Lomenda), Sherry, their first song as a band, becomes a hit and the group is instantly catapulted into nationwide fame.

By the time we get to the band's all-time number one hit single, Can't Take My Eyes Off You, there's trouble brewing. Domestic heartbreak and tragedy, ego trips and quarrels, financial crises and mob intervention turns cracks into fissures. Reminding us that this is in fact a stage show adaptation, Eastwood creates individual perceptions by allowing each member of the band to narrate his story directly to the camera. While this might seem like a theatre-cinema blending technique (ala Moulin Rouge!), it adds wholesome dimensions as a biography made for the discerning cinema audience. Adding on to that dimension is the juxtaposition of organized crime with the evolution of Doo-wop into rock and pop. In fact, there is a brief reference to Frank Sinatra, who as legendary as himself, was known to have ties with Chicago's notorious mobster Al Capone. To this effect, the story also includes real life actor Joe Pesci (Joey Russo) as a talent scout who recommends Bob to the band. Synonymous with mobster roles in previous films, Walken himself might seem like a cliché, but instead is entrusted with the film's humour and he delivers. Characterization from the rest leaves more to be desired. Young as front man Valli and Piazza as Tommy are more theatrical than expected in a film. It's a different matter when we get to see them perform as musicians – simply astonishing!

That there is no reference to era specific bands like The Beach Boys or the Bee Gees can be another letdown. Instead, Brickman's script remains parallel to the stage production with emphasis on an underdog rags-to-riches plot arc. Even so, as Eastwood's first musical adaptation, Jersey Boys has more hits than misses (excuse the pun). Like the Academy Award winning Walk The Line, a lot of focus has gone into the back story by dramatizing the true cost of fame and fortune. Above all, it is a brilliant narration on how pain and loss can conceive everlasting music. And judging from the need to make this film, it's no surprise that the music of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons will always remain evergreen.


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Country:

USA

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English | Italian | French

Release Date:

20 June 2014 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

$40,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$13,319,371, 22 June 2014

Gross USA:

$47,047,013

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$67,647,013
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Color

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2.39 : 1
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