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In 1964, "Vinnie And The Dreamers" and their 16 year old lead singer, Vince Pirelli, made the crowds go wild. It was a magical time. Now more than 30 years later, Vince is tending bar and playing weddings. He wants no part of his past. When Vince's buddies from The Dreamers kidnap him for a blowout in Atlantic City, Vince finally gives voice to the pain and disappointment of 30 years. After a soulful reunion of "Vinnie And The Dreamers," Vince returns to Brooklyn for a magical and profound climax.

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  • Actors: Armand Assante, Diane Venora, Joe Grifasi, Tom Mason, Tony Denison
  • Directors: Martin Davidson
  • Writers: Martin Davidson, Jeffrey Goldenberg, Robert Held
  • Producers: Martin Davidson, Anthony Esposito, Joel Tuber, Mary Jo Slater
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Full Screen, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Screen Media
  • DVD Release Date: May 6, 2003
  • Run Time: 97 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (83 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00008K76S
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #114,029 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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It is a good thing to watch a lesser known works that turn out actually better than you expected. Now you got another one here, with Armand Assante and Daine Venora (Mrs. Michael Mann), who had been long ill-used in Hollywood blockbusters like "Judge Dredd" and Bruno's "The Jackal" respectively. But you should know that they deserve much, much better things than those, and you will understand what I mean after watching this little-seen film.

"Looking for an Echo" (the title comes from Kenny Vance's 1996 album) is about an Itarian middle-aged man Vince (Assante) whose wife had passed away, and lives now with his son, an aspiring musician. And Vince himself, back in the 1960s, was the leader of the hit chorus group "Vinnie and the Dreamers," but is now totally retired from spotlight. But when he meets and falls in love with a nurse Joanne (Venora), who happens to have been a huge fan of his group, he gradually feels the impulse he had long lost. As Vince reunites with his old buddies, he knows, and we know, that his love for good-old songs are never dead.

Though my summery may lead you to think that the film goes on with a big showdown in sight, the fact is different. The story gives more stress to the budding relations between Vince and Joanne (and his son), showing how they come to love (or understand) each other. Songs are playing a major part, but their roles are aptly subdued, with a script that cleverly avoids clithed moments. The film unfolds very quietly, letting us into the close picture of family and friends that every viewer can relate to.
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This is absolutely the best movie wrapped around fifties & sixties music that I have ever seen. The music of Kenny Vance is superbly woven throughout a very heartwarming story that makes you want to cry and cheer at the same time. This is the music WCBS-FM SHOULD still be playing! The locations in Brooklyn and Howard Beach are just great and add to the overall flavor of the movie. Don't hestitate, just buy it!
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This is a wonderful absorbing movie. I had never heard of it till my TiVo downloaded it and I decided to watch it. Not full of flash but full of warm human feelings. Kindness and anger. Love and pain. This type of movie doesn't get made now days. I'm buying the DVD.
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...a wistful story about a middle aged man who's been burned and now it's time to get on with his life.
Thirty years ago Vinnie was a teen idol and the front man for Vinnie and the Dreamers, a doo-wop group from Brooklyn. Now, Vinnie is in his late forties and works as a bartender in Brooklyn. His wife died years ago of cancer. He has two sons at home, just starting to make their way in the world, but his teenage daughter is in the hospital with serious cancer.
Vinnie hadn't dated a woman since his wife died. He's very bitter over the Dreamers because he never benefited financially. He gets together socially a few times with old group. A reunion is planned, but it seems they all have resentments and grudges that need to be resolved.
It's a very nice portrayal of an Italian-American family in Brooklyn. The close relationship between Vinnie, his two sons and daughter gave me a warm feeling, especially between the father and sons.
One of Vinnie's sons is just breaking in as a pop musician and song writer. His musical presence gives a nice, contemporary balance to the doo-wop. As a musician, he is able to connect with his father, and he gently prompts him to get on with his life. As a film about a retired doo-wop singer, I felt the vocal performances of the doo-wop could have been better. But who knows, maybe they didn't want this to be labeled simply a , "Doo-Wop," movie. All elements in the movie were extremely well balanced.
I enjoyed the Bay Ridge setting, since we used to live on the edge of Bay Ridge. The accents, the buildings, restaurants, and the clothes were all the real Bay Ridge. The Italian-American thing is not overdone.
Some might say the movie is slow or dull, but it take a while for the story to build. The spirit of the music keeps it from getting too heavy. I doubt others will enjoy it as much as I did...
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I had never heard of this film until I caught it on one of the cable channels and was pleasantly surprised. Having myself been a musician of that early rock era and being about the same age as the main character the feelings all seemed very genuine. This is a film I would recommend all to see. A real slice of life.
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One wonders if the cast & crew of this wonderful flick thought they would/could succeed with: no guns, no blood, no explosions, no murders...beheadings, stabbings, etc.
If you love music, and have heard some fifties music, the kind that you just have to involuntarily sway and bob to....then this is your movie. It's wonderful, with a storyline and characters completely full bodied. And the music! Armand Assante playing against his usual form. And Diane Venora, a character so charasmatic, Assante isn't the only one that falls for her. We do, assisted by the best music score in a film since the Commitments! I love this movie! Makes me smile...."FEEL GOOD!".
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