Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Taylor Hackford|
|Produced by||Gene Kirkwood and Howard W. Koch Jr.|
|Written by||Edward di Lorenzo|
|Music by||Jeff Barry|
|Cinematography||Adam Holender, A.S.C|
|Edited by||Neil Travis|
|Distributed by||United Artists|
The film is based on the life of rock promoter and manager Bob Marcucci, who discovered and promoted several rock 'n' roll stars including Frankie Avalon and Fabian. Bob Marucci served as a technical advisor for the production. It was directed by Taylor Hackford and written by Edward di Lorenzo (Miami Vice series). It was the feature film debut for Peter Gallagher, Joe Pantoliano, and Paul Land.
Ray Sharkey plays Vincent Vacari, a songwriter/manager, driven by his desire to discover the next big act. After watching a local band play, Vinnie approaches Tomaso DeLorusso (Paul Land), the popular and talented saxophone player, and convinces him to trade his instrument for a microphone. After some months under Vinnie's guidance, "Tommy Dee" becomes a rock 'n' roll sensation.
Following on from his success with Tommy Dee, Vinnie prepares another act in the form of Guido (Peter Gallagher), a local busboy. With even more gusto and single-mindedness, Vinnie embarks on a destructive journey to control every aspect of his new act's image.
Despite Vinnie's obvious flair for idolmaking, his girlfriend Brenda (Tovah Feldshuh) is concerned that his obsession is destroying everyone around him, including himself.
- Ray Sharkey as Vincent 'Vinnie' Vacarri
- Peter Gallagher as Guido/Caesare
- Tovah Feldshuh as Brenda Roberts
- Joe Pantoliano as Gino "G.G." Pilato
- Paul Land as Tomaso 'Tommy Dee' DeLorusso
- Maureen McCormick as Ellen Fields
- Olympia Dukakis as Mrs. Vacarri
- John Aprea as Pani Vacarri
Marcucci approached producer Gene Kirkwood with the idea for the film. In the original script, the singers were more sympathetic and the producer less so.
- Track listing for the soundtrack
- Here Is My Love (Jesse Frederick)
- Ooo-Wee Baby (Darlene Love)
- Come And Get It (Nino Tempo)
- Sweet Little Lover (Jesse Frederick)
- I Can't Tell (Colleen Fitzpatrick)
- However Dark The Night (Peter Gallagher)
- Baby (Peter Gallagher)
- I Know Where You're Going (Nino Tempo)
- A Boy And A Girl (The Sweet Inspiration and The London Fog)
- I Believe It Can Be Done (Ray Sharkey)
- I Believe It Can Be Done Instrumental (Nino Tempo)
Awards and nominations
Golden Globes 1980, USA
|Golden Globe for Best Actor in a Musical/Comedy||Ray Sharkey|
|Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture in a Musical/Comedy||Howard W. Koch Jr., Gene Kirkwood|
Best Actor in a Comedy/Musical
- MOVIES: THE STORY OF FRANK AND FABE AND BOB Farley, Ellen. Los Angeles Times (1923-Current File) [Los Angeles, Calif] 23 Nov 1980: x30.