American Hot Wax

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American Hot Wax
American Hot Wax.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Floyd Mutrux
Produced by Art Linson
Written by John Kaye
Starring Tim McIntire
Fran Drescher
Jay Leno
Laraine Newman
Moosie Drier
Jeff Altman
John Lehne
Richard Perry
Chuck Berry
Jerry Lee Lewis
Screamin' Jay Hawkins
Frankie Ford
Charles Greene
Production
company
Distributed by Paramount Pictures
Release dates
  • March 17, 1978 (1978-03-17)
Country United States
Language English
Box office $11,000,000[1]

American Hot Wax is a 1978 biopic film directed by Floyd Mutrux and written by John Kaye telling the story of Cleveland disc jockey Alan Freed, who was instrumental in introducing and popularizing rock 'n' roll in the 1950s. Freed is often credited with coining the term "Rock 'n' Roll." The film starred Tim McIntire as Freed, as well as Fran Drescher, Laraine Newman, Melanie Chartoff, and Jay Leno in supporting roles, Moosie Drier in a warmly reviewed performance as the head of a Buddy Holly fan club, and a walk-on part by a teen-aged Cameron Crowe. It also featured performances by Chuck Berry, Jerry Lee Lewis, Frankie Ford, Screamin' Jay Hawkins and the Brooklyn Dreams performed as "Professor La Plano and The Planotones". The film was never officially released on VHS or DVD, but the full film is currently viewable on YouTube.[citation needed] On theater release, the film did not do well at the box office with critics, which resulted in one of the reasons it didn't gain a wide audience gross worldwide.

A&M Records released a 2-record soundtrack featuring the Brooklyn Paramount performances from the movie on Record 1 (in stereo) and original recordings used throughout the film on Record 2 (all in mono). The soundtrack reached #31 on the Billboard charts, leaving some to wonder just how that was possible with such meagre public exposure.

Producer Art Linson discusses the movie's production and failure at the box office in his book What Just Happened? Bitter Hollywood Tales from the Front Line.

Cast[edit]

Performers

The Chesterfields

The Delights

Timmy & The Tulips

The Planotones

Reception[edit]

The film was a box office disappointment. However head of Paramount Michael Eisner loved the movie and saw it nearly a dozen times.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Box Office Information for American Hot Wax. The Numbers. Retrieved July 18, 2014.
  2. ^ What to Do for an Encore: CRITIC AT LARGE Champlin, Charles. Los Angeles Times (1923-Current File) [Los Angeles, Calif] 07 July 1978: h1.

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