Jersey Boys (film)
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|Directed by||Clint Eastwood|
|Produced by||Clint Eastwood
|Screenplay by||Marshall Brickman
|Based on||Jersey Boys
by Marshall Brickman
|Starring||John Lloyd Young
|Edited by||Joel Cox
Gary D. Roach
|Distributed by||Warner Bros. Pictures|
|Box office||$67.3 million|
Jersey Boys is a 2014 American biographical musical drama film directed by Clint Eastwood based on the Tony Award-winning musical of the same name. The film tells the story of the musical group The Four Seasons. It was released on June 20, 2014 to mixed reviews.
In 1951, in Belleville, New Jersey, Tommy DeVito, narrating the story, introduces the audience to himself, Tommy's brother Nicky, and their friend Nick Massi, who perform together as The Variety Trio, and to a barber's son, 16-year-old Frankie, already well known in the neighborhood for his singing voice. Frankie has the admiration of gangster Angelo DeCarlo, who takes a personal interest in him.
One night, the group attempts a robbery of a safe, for which the police later arrest them. In court, Frankie is let off with a warning but Tommy is sentenced to six months in prison. After his release, Tommy reunites the group and adds Frankie as lead singer. Frankie changes his professional name to Frankie Valli. At a performance, Frankie is entranced by a woman named Mary Delgado. He takes her to dinner, and they are soon married.
The group, now called "The Four Lovers," is in need of a songwriter after Nicky leaves. Tommy's friend Joe Pesci tells him about a talented singer-songwriter, Bob Gaudio, and invites him to hear the group perform. Gaudio, now narrating, is impressed with Valli's vocals and agrees to join.
The band, having recorded several demos, attempts to attract interest, with little success. One day in New York City, producer Bob Crewe signs them to a contract. However, they quickly realize that it only allows them to perform back-up vocals for other acts (as The Romans and The Topix). Crewe says that the group does not have a distinctive image or sound yet. Inspired by a bowling alley sign, the guys rename themselves "The Four Seasons," and sing a new song Gaudio has written, "Sherry", to Crewe, who agrees to record it.
"Sherry" quickly becomes a major hit, followed by two more, "Big Girls Don't Cry" and "Walk Like a Man". However, before an appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show, Valli is approached by loan shark Norman Waxman, who claims that Tommy owes him $150,000. Frankie goes to DeCarlo, who gets Waxman to allow the group to pay the debt, which turns out to be considerably larger. Tommy must go to work for the mob's associates in Las Vegas until it is paid. Nick, irritated by Tommy's irresponsibility, not being involved in the group's decisions, and never being able to see his family, also leaves the group.
Forced to tour constantly to pay the debt, the band hires a set of studio musicians and becomes Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, with Gaudio now acting only as songwriter and producer. Valli learns from his now ex-wife Mary that his daughter, Francine, now a drug addict, has run away from home. Valli tracks her down and regrets not acting as a better father for her when she was growing up. He also arranges for Gaudio to give her singing lessons and for Crewe to cut a demo for her.
A few years later, the group has finally paid off Tommy's debt. Sadly, this coincides with the news of Francine's death by drug overdose. Frankie and Mary both grieve for their daughter. Gaudio composes a new number for Valli to sing, his first as a solo artist. Frankie is at first hesitant, as he is still in mourning, but eventually agrees. The piece, "Can't Take My Eyes Off You", becomes a commercial success.
In 1990, the original Four Seasons are to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The quartet performs "Rag Doll" onstage, their first performance together in over 20 years. The music fades as the four men take turns addressing the audience. Tommy, in an ironic twist, now works for Joe Pesci, who has gone on to become an Oscar-winning actor. Nick claims to have no regrets about leaving the group, enjoying the time he spends with his family. Bob has retired to Nashville, Tennessee. Lastly, Frankie finally takes over the narration, stating that the best time he had during his time with the Four Seasons was before their success, "when everything was still ahead of us and it was just four guys singing under a street lamp."
- John Lloyd Young as Frankie Valli
- Erich Bergen as Bob Gaudio
- Michael Lomenda as Nick Massi
- Vincent Piazza as Tommy DeVito
- Christopher Walken as Gyp DeCarlo
- Renée Marino as Mary Delgado
- Kathrine Narducci as Mary Rinaldi
- Lou Volpe as Frankie's father
- Freya Tingley as Francine Valli (age 17)
- Elizabeth Hunter as Francine Valli (age 7)
- Grace Kelley as Francine Valli (age 4)
- Mike Doyle as Bob Crewe
- Rob Marnell as Joe Long
- Johnny Cannizzaro as Nick DeVito
- Donnie Kehr as Norm Waxman
- Jeremy Luke as Donnie
- Joey Russo as Joe Pesci
- James Madio as Stosh
- Erica Piccininni as Lorraine
- Steve Schirripa as Vito
- Barry Livingston as Accountant
- Miles Aubrey as Charles Calello
- Kim Gatewood as Angel#1
- Jackie Seiden as Angel#2
- Kyli Rae as Angel#3
- Troy Grant as Ed Sullivan
- Heather Ferguson Pond as Miss Frankie Nolan
- John Griffin as Billy Dixon
- Chaz Langley as Hal Miller
- Billy Gardell as Our Sons Owner
- Francesca Eastwood as Waitress
- Sean Whalen as Engineer
In 2010, GK Films acquired the rights to produce a film adaptation of the musical, with Brickman and Elice writing the script for the film. By August 2012, Jon Favreau was engaged to direct and casting had begun.
In November 2012, Variety reported that Warner Bros. had dropped the film plans; however, in May 2013, an interview with Four Seasons lead singer Frankie Valli indicated the film was still being produced and that Valli would be contributing to the casting of his character.
Includes all the songs sung in the film.
- 1. "Silhouettes - Frankie Valli
- 2. "You're the Apple of My Eye"– Variety Trio
- 3. "I Can't Give You Anything but Love" – Frankie Valli and Variety Trio
- 4. "Earth Angel" – Tommy DeVito
- 5. "A Sunday Kind of Love" – Frankie Valli, Nick Massi, Nick´s date and Tommy DeVito
- 6. "My Mother´s Eyes" - Frankie Valli (also with Gyp DeCarlo in the opening)
- 7. "I'm in the Mood for Love" – Frankie Valli
- 8. "Cry for Me" – Bob Gaudio, Frankie Valli, Tommy DeVito and Nick Massi
- 9. "I Still Care" – Miss Frankie Nolan and The Romans
- 10. "Trance" – Billy Dixon and The Topix
- 11. "Sherry" – The Four Seasons
- 12. "Big Girls Don't Cry" – The Four Seasons
- 13. "Walk Like a Man" – The Four Seasons
- 14. "My Boyfriend's Back" – The Angels
- 15. "My Eyes Adored You" – Frankie Valli
- 16. "Working My Way Back to You" – The Four Seasons
- 17. "Dawn (Go Away)" – The Four Seasons
- 18. "Opus 17 (Don't You Worry 'bout Me)" – Frankie Valli and The New Seasons
- 19. "Can't Take My Eyes Off You" – Frankie Valli
- 20. "Rag Doll" – The Four Seasons
- 21. "Who Loves You" – The Four Seasons
- 22. "Sherry"/"December, 1963 (Oh, What a Night) - (Reprise)" - Frankie Valli, Tommy DeVito, Bob Gaudio, Nick Massi and Full Cast
Includes songs heard only on the background.
- "(Who Wears) Short Shorts" – The Royal Teens
- "Stay" – Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons
- "Bye Bye Baby" – Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons
A soundtrack album Jersey Boys: Music from the Motion Picture and Broadway Musical was released on June 25, 2014. The albums is a mix of original recordings by Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons, new recordings by the film cast, and tracks from the original Broadway cast recording.
|2.||"December, 1963 (Oh, What a Night)"||Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons||3:13|
|3.||"My Mother´s Eyes"||Frankie Valli||1:58|
|4.||""I Can't Give You Anything But Love""||John Lloyd Young||1:05|
|5.||"A Sunday Kind of Love"||John Lloyd Young, Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons||1:55|
|6.||"Moody Mood's For Love"||John Lloyd Young||1:35|
|7.||"Cry For Me"||Erich Bergen||2:24|
|8.||"Sherry"||John Lloyd Young||2:06|
|9.||"Big Girls Don't Cry"||John Lloyd Young||2:19|
|10.||"Walk Like A Man"||John Lloyd Young||1:55|
|11.||"My Boyfriend's Back"||Kimmy Gatewood, Kyli Rae, Jackie Seiden||1:41|
|12.||"My Eyes Adored You"||John Lloyd Young||2:27|
|13.||"Dawn (Go Away)"||John Lloyd Young||2:39|
|14.||"Big Man in Town"||John Lloyd Young||2:19|
|15.||"Beggin'"||Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons, Ryan Molloy, John Lloyd Young||3:21|
|16.||"Medley("Stay"/"Let's Hang On! (To What We've Got)"/"Opus 17 (Don't You Worry 'bout Me)"/"Bye Bye Baby")"||John Lloyd Young||4:53|
|17.||"C'Mon Marianne"||John Lloyd Young||1:16|
|18.||"Can't Take My Eyes Off You"||John Lloyd Young||3.23|
|19.||"Working My Way Back to You"||John Lloyd Young||1:48|
|20.||"Fallen Angel"||Frankie Valli||3.57|
|21.||"Who Loves You"||Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons, John Lloyd Young||4:20|
|22.||"Closing Credits "Sherry/December 1963, Oh What A Night"||John Lloyd Young, Erich Bergen, Michael Lomenda, Vincent Piazza||2:22|
|23.||"Sherry"||Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons||1:29|
|24.||"Dawn (Go Away)"||Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons||1:29|
|25.||"Rag Doll"||Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons||1:29|
Jersey Boys was met with mixed reviews from critics. On review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, the film currently holds a 53% rating based on 187 reviews. The site's consensus reads: "Jersey Boys is neither as inventive nor as energetic as it could be, but there's no denying the powerful pleasures of its musical moments". On Metacritic, the film has a score of 54 out of 100, based on 44 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews".
Richard Roeper gave the film a C+ grade, stating that at times the film "captures the electric excitement of the musical, but for every soaring moment, there are 10 minutes of bickering or brooding". Andrew Barker of Variety felt that "Christopher Walken creates most of the film’s laughs by simple virtue of being Christopher Walken, but his doddering don screams out for a bigger, broader performance."
Jersey Boys grossed $4.6 million on its opening day, almost $8 million less than fellow newcomer Think Like a Man Too. In its opening weekend, the film grossed $13.5 million, finishing in fourth place at the box office.
As of October 2, 2014 the movie has grossed $47 million in North America and $14.8 million in other territories for a worldwide total of $61.8 million.
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