Jersey Boys 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), Jersey Boys gets to the heart of the relationships at the center of the group-with a special focus on frontman Frankie Valli, the small kid with the big falsetto. In addition to following the quartet's coming of age as performers, the core of the show 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. Jersey Boys 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
Jon Favreau was the first director to be attached to the film. While casting the film, he rejected Erich Bergen's audition for the role of Bob Gaudio, saying the actor "wasn't right for the role". Bergen had spent the three previous years playing the role of Gaudio on stage. When Clint Eastwood was brought on to direct, he hired Bergen for the role with one audition. See more »
When Mike the cop catches Frankie breaking curfew, Frankie is singing "Silhouettes," which was released by The Rays in 1957, a few years after this scene takes place. See more »
You'd think after everything that went down, Frankie would have cut Tommy loose right then. If that's what you think, you're not from Jersey.
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During the credits, the actors who were seen in the film are seen dancing to Oh What a Night (December 1963). See more »
In a theater packed with more people than I've seen attending a matinée in a long, long time, it would seem that each and every person in there enjoyed a toe-tapping, finger-snapping, head-bobbing, 'I-want-to-sing- along' experience during this dance down memory lane. And it wasn't only those who were there when all of this came down, but those too young to have been a part of that scene were having a great time. The casting and directing could not be more excellent than they are for this movie. And it isn't only the music, which is marvelous, but the look into the relationships of the people involved in this moment in time that is fascinating. A peek into their history, their character, the way their lives played out - this is a well put together film When a picture ends with people applauding, you know you've just seen a winner. When you walk out and hear folks saying, "I'm sure going to have to buy this when it comes out.", you really can appreciate the fact that you weren't the only one in there having a fun time. There are only a few directors whose films you know you can always count on for quality – Eastwood has most certainly proved he's one.
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