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Jamboree (1985)

Fats Domino , Jerry Lee Lewis , Roy Lockwood  |  NR |  DVD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Fats Domino, Jerry Lee Lewis, Jimmy Bowen, Buddy Knox, Charlie Gracie
  • Directors: Roy Lockwood
  • Writers: Milton Subotsky, Leonard Kantor
  • Producers: Herman Klappert, Max Rosenberg, Milton Subotsky
  • Format: Black & White, Closed-captioned, Subtitled, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: August 16, 2005
  • Run Time: 86 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0009S4IHE
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #172,521 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Jamboree" on IMDb

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Musical drama about a hit romantic singing duo whose love affair is threatened when their feuding managers encourage them to go solo.

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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
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This Superb Star-Studded Rock n' Roll Musical Classic finds 2 singing hopefuls rising in the ranks of the bussiness,between performances by the likes of Fats Domino,Jerry Lee Lewis,Carl Perkins,Connie Francis,The 4 coins,Charlie Gracie,Jimmy Bowen,Louie Lymon and the Teenchords,Buddy Knox,Frankie Avalon and Slim Whitman.Also in the cast are Dick Clark and hit songwriter Aaron Schroder;the best songs he wrote were for Elvis and Gene Pitman.It's a wonderful trip into the 50's Rock n' Roll Americana that's very well worth watching!!
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars This could have been a whole lot better July 10, 2006
For students of 1950's rock&roll this DVD should be in your collection of all things 50s'. Again, as was the case with all 50s' rock&roll movies, the recording stars of the era are the "stars" of the film. Carl Perkins, Frankie Avalon, Charlie Gracie, Fats Domino(seeing him sing "wait & see" is worth the cost of the DVD alone). But, sadly, "Jamboree" is technically very disappointing. A little attention to detail whould have made Slim Whitman, Charlie Gracie, Jimmy Bowen & Buddy Knox appear a lot better ... what happened to the guitar solo in "hula love"? Were the producers of the film in hurry to get this in the cinemas? Apart from its technical flaws, there are (some) great 50s rock&roll acts in "Jamboree" and some rarely seen long forgotten names like Jodie Sands & the 4 Coins. For 1950s' music fans only.
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Essential Rock & Roll for your collection June 12, 2002
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Anyone who wants to see some great ol' rock & roll should definitely buy this. The product is of great quality, the film itself lacks with no story & cut-off/edited performances. Seeing Buddy Knox do the full version of "Hula Love" would have made my how about on DVD?
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Hard To Believe It's Been Over 50 Years February 27, 2009
I believe this was put out only about a year after Dick Clark began hosting the long-running Amercian Bandstand television show. Clark plays an emcee in this film, similar to his role on that famous TV show. It's very interesting to see him as such a young guy. It was over 50 years ago....hard to believe.

Joining him are some megastars from the early rock 'n roll era: Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins Frankie Avalon and Fats Domino and some lesser-names like Jimmy Bowen, Jodie Sands, Buddy Knox and a bunch more.

For viewers looking for upbeat music, as I was, this was disappointing. Most of the songs were Connie Francis-type ballads. Also, the dubbing in here is horrible. It's obvious these singers were lip-synching the music and - no surprise here - they weren't all the greatest of actors. Plus, the script was lame.....very lame.

Hey, that's what you got with a lot of "rock" movies back then - some horrible scripts. I guess you just watch it to see the singers in their heyday.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Schlocky movie with some cool musical performances September 14, 2005
It's great to see Carl Perkins, Jerry Lee, Fats Domino and others perform in this film, although the soap opera plot of two young singers managed by two divorced spouses is a little much at times
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Buddy Knox ... Bravo !!!!!!!!!! September 30, 2011
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This film is not a fantastic film considering it as a whole. HOWEVER, the brief performance of Buddy Knox singing his "Hula Love" with his Rhythm Orchids including Jimmy Bowen playing the rhythm guitar and Don Lanier, who was one of the finest and greatest rock and roll solo guitarists of the 50's, make this film a must. Yes, this brief performance of Buddy really makes this otherwise mediocre film a great value for the serious lover of the beginnings of Rock and Roll era. It is sad that Buddy Knox has been somehow underrated as a rock and roll star. Buddy was one of the finest and most charming rock and roll singers, and his voice and style were unsurpassed. Buddy Knox was as great as Buddy Holly and Gene Vincent. It is very sad that he passed away in 1999.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Rock & Roll Must-Have! August 5, 2010
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The movie's plot centers around Pete and Honey - two teens who fall in love while trying to climb to the top of the music charts with the help of their ruthless managers. Along this backstage musical-style journey, many real life artists perform. One not-to-be-missed performance is a young Frankie Avalon in his FIRST movie apperance (well before his first hit, "Dede Dinah"). Also to note is that even though she doesn't appear in the movie, Connie Francis' voices all of Honey's songs.

If you enjoyed movies like, "Don't Knock the Rock", "Rock Around the Clock", "The Girl Can't Help It", or "Rock, Rock, Rock" this movie's for you.
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3.0 out of 5 stars When Street Corner Harmony Stood Before a Camera December 13, 2012
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The 1950s was a time when it was possible for individual or group acts with just the barest hints of talent to not only land a contract with a record label but also, depending on how well their record sold, a "sing-on" spot in a movie. Granted, the movies were more often than not low-budget, second-rate productions that were usually the second of a two-bill theater presentation and featured well-known radio personalities along with lesser-known actors, but for the music performers, many of whom were just kids straight out of the "country" and inner city neighborhoods, who cared? Such was the case with the film, Jamboree, one of several rock & roll films that exploited the burgeoning teenage market, particularly white teenagers, whose raucous enthusiasm for the mostly black-themed dance music made them such a tempting (and profitable) draw for the label owners. Modern-day fans of this genre, like me, have found that the existence of this film, and other like it, in the Amazon music library is like discovering gold. Withal, it was the music that counted, and it makes the act of viewing these films--and getting past the non-existent or nonsensical plot lines--well-worth the effort. I wanted to acquire this video mainly because it featured the only film appearance of 13-year-old Louis Lymon and the Teenchords, a group that primarily gained its 15-minutes of fame (more like a year) from the its association with the Teenagers, whose lead singer, Frankie, was Louis's older brother. Little did anyone know at the time that 1957, when the film was produced, would mark the beginning of a long slide of the music we now know as "doo wop"; it's what makes the acquisition of this film so valuable for die-hard enthusiasts of this short-lived genre.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Jamboree dvd
Great movie to add to our collection. Great footage of the artists. Early rock n roll at its best. You'll like it.
Published 13 months ago by C. Haskins
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent picture and Sound quality Great film something For Everyone.
Excellent little musical. Something for everyone. Look out for Jerry Lee Lewis's dynamic pounding out Great Ball's Of Fire (this movie cut has not been released on CD). Read more
Published on February 27, 2012 by Steve
3.0 out of 5 stars 'Jamboree' movie producers cheat rock 'n' roll and set a pop pattern...
Beautiful transfer, welcome major studio DVD. (Looks good, sounds OK; audio was never that clear on 'dialog' track. Read more
Published on July 6, 2009 by Culbrain Collector
5.0 out of 5 stars Good film, music and a great DVD transfer
There are a number of Rock 'n' Roll films that have been released on DVD. So far, Jamboree ranks high with the quality of its DVD transfer. Read more
Published on August 13, 2008 by William Looft
5.0 out of 5 stars jamboree
great movie includes jerry lee lewis and a lot of other singers
like fats domino charlie gracie etc. ENJOY!
Published on August 5, 2008 by Sergio Di Giacomo
4.0 out of 5 stars jamboree dvd
I purchased this dvd for the Slim Whitman segment. The story line is a bit weak but I enjoyed seeing Buddy Knox, Fats Domino, Jerry Lee Lewis and others I had'nt heard of. Read more
Published on September 3, 2007 by A. Stearne
2.0 out of 5 stars Jamboree
Let's face it kids, this movie was bad when it came out and time does not alter that fact, however it is fun to look back and see this celluloid history of Rock N' Roll!
Published on January 9, 2007 by Walter Morris
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