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The Idolmaker (1980)

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DVD Release Date
 R1: Apr 25, 2000

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Running Time
1 hour, 57 minutes

Country USA

Studio United Artists

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Other Titles
• The Idolmaker
• Alle meine Stars (1986)

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Genre: Romance, Drama, Biography, Showbiz

Plot: Vincent Vaccardi (Ray Sharkey) has talent and drive, but in the singing world of 1959, he knows he has to have looks too. Determined to find success for his songs, he latches on to a local performer and shapes his image into Tommy Dee (Paul Land), who's suddenly an overnight sensation. As his own power and income increase, Vinnie doesn't realize he's lost his focus on the work and is becoming a feral, driven taskmaster. When Tommy starts to agitate for bigger things, Vinnie realizes he'd better have more than one trick up his sleeve. He finds another fresh face (an unbelievably young Peter Gallagher), whom he transforms from Guido the busboy into Caesare--a reclusive, mysterious singing sensation. Vinnie's formula is on the money, and Caesare is catapulted to fame as well, but Vinnie finally begins to see that he may have left something important behind, and that he's not the only one who might have to pay for it. Director Taylor Hackford's THE IDOLMAKER is a brutal exploration of the creation, manipulation, and destruction of teen idols and their audience in the late 1950s and early 1960s.

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 Directed by
Taylor Hackford
The Devil's Advocate, Ray, Proof of Life
 Written by
Edward Di Lorenzo
Daughter of Frankenstein
Peter Gallagher
American Beauty, The Player, While You Were Sleeping
Joe Pantoliano
The Matrix, Memento, The Fugitive
Maureen McCormick
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Ray Sharkey
Cop & 1/2, No Mercy, Wise Guys
Tovah Feldshuh
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Paul Land
Wild Orchid, Spring Break
John Aprea
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 Music By
Jeff Barry
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