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Mr. Rock N Roll: The Alan Freed Story (1999)

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  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Vivendi Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: July 7, 2009
  • Run Time: 88 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
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Starring Judd Nelson as Alan Freed, "Mr. Rock `N' Roll" is the true story of the controversial Cleveland DJ who tapped into the hearts and pockets of America's teens, fueling the burgeoning youth markets and helping to establish rock `n' roll's place in mainstream American Culture.

Starring: JUDD NELSON (The Breakfast Club, Dark Asylum) PAULA ABDUL (American Idol) MADCHEN AMICK (Californication, E.R.)


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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Mr Rock 'n' Roll Rocked My Soul August 5, 2009
This was an okay biopic of Alan Freed, some excellent presentations of early rhythm and blues / rock and roll music and a lovely nostalgic trip down memory lane. Those Fifties American cars were rather fine too!

The story told us a fair bit about Freed's personal life too, including his apparent inability to save part of his evidently vast fortune for a rainy day and his naiivity regarding his choice of banker.

As enjoyable as it was, the latter part of the film maybe became a bit too much of a hard luck story in Freed's favour and rather glossed over his extra-marital meandering.

On balance, it was still worth a 4 star rating, but on that basis would make the superior "American Hot Wax" (which still hasn't appeared as a genuine non rip-off from VHS tape DVD) worthy of five stars.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great music... great sound.. but too much fiction. July 13, 2009
Great music... great sound.. but too much fiction.

The first thing you need to know before watching this 1999 made-for-TV film which was broadcast on NBC (you can actually see where the story pauses for commercials) is that at the END of the credits which follow the film is the following phrase : "Certain characters and events are fictionalized". Know that going in and you'll still have a good time, if you know the real facts. I'm guessing this film was made to attract the younger audience that made "Grease" a mega-hit, and not those who lived during Freed's all too brief life (which I was lucky to personally experience). (He died in his mid 40s).

Not only are neither of the radio stations he worked for in both Cleveland and New York given fictitious names. (Couldn't they get the rights?), but many of the records played on the soundtrack - and there are way more than 50 (though all only excerpts) show up in the timeline -2-3 years before their actual chart date. The film uses original recordings and has the actors (all basically unknowns - with the exception of Leon - he has no last name - who plays Jackie Wilson) lip synching the lyrics. The actor (whose name I forget) channeling Jerry Lee Lewis is by far the best.

Seeing that they needed more name recognition than star Judd Nelson (who plays Freed but neither looks like him nor uses Freed's phrasing) the Director brings in Paula Abdul to play a songwriter who has a sleep-in with Freed late in the film. During the opening credits you will see - IN BIG LETTERS - "Special appearances by Bobby Rydell and Fabian" (neither of who, during their careers, was part of Freed's big stars, since they were Philly-based and loyal to Dick Clark). Well, don't blink or you will miss them.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Truth is stranger than fiction February 6, 2010
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It's always nice to have one of your boyhood heroes have a biopic done about them. In spite of all the good intentions a movie is still a movie.
From the earliest of movie bios, the producers and directors have always made an effort to pad their subjects stories instead of giving the movie goers the absolute true picture.
Alan Freed was more than the man that coined the phrase rock n roll. He was a pioneer of race relations in this country. The exact thing that made him a target of the old guard, the same people that wanted to keep the status quo among the races.
The film was historicly correct to a point. But the music and the the place that it was inserted in the film was not. The element that was missing most in this film was the true character of Alan Freed. He was the most accessibile of dee jays, he had a rapport with teenagers that in the two films done about him was never truly explored.
In true Hollywood fasion, his marriage to Jackie was embellished while his second wife Inga was never mentioned, though they briefly made reference to a possible affair played by Paula Abdul.
The film was a trip back down memory lane, but did not score as it could have. The performers that played the legends of rock n roll were for the most part bland and uninspired.
If you were to edit both this movie and American Hot Wax together you might have made a quality motion picture.
All in all it was enjoyable, but unfulfilling when trying to capture the true essence of a young jewish man, whose parents had disowned him due to his career choice and the troubled soul, that had an aim in life and carried it through only to be thrown to the wolves by cowards who had agendas that were in keeping with the times.
I enjoyed the trip down memory lane and the movie is well worth a look, but not one that I could watch over and over. To hear true stories about Alan Freed and the music he played go to [...]
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
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Format:VHS Tape
They royaly messed up on the way it happen with Alan Freed, they did not show how he had found a lot of the Doo Wop groups singing on corners and brought them in, it left out a lot of what Alan Freed was and what Alan Freed stood for for all Doo Wop groups, plus the actor Judd Nelson did not look anything like Alan Freed. I would not recommend this video to anyone. Get the real version that was out not the remake.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not a film for "fans" of Alan Freed March 27, 2012
This is a "made-for-TV" movie for people who no nothing about the man and the music of the times. Most of the facts are wrong and the music bits played during the film are sometimes years ahead of when the story is taking place. Being a record collector of the early R & B and doo-wop records, I also noticed that the records that they show playing all have the wrong labels for the song represented. They did not care about getting the facts right. If you just want to see a made up story about a man and the music of the times, this is pretty good.But if you want to see a film closer to the truth about Alan Freed, search out a copy of "American Hot Wax". Hopefully, some day, it will be given an official release.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good Story For Music Fans
This is another one of the television mini-series we had record on VHS, but no longer have the player. What a find to locate a DVD of the father of Rock N Roll. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Joshua C. Mccoy
1.0 out of 5 stars ok, you can fool people..
Thought this was the american hot wax....similiar but not the real deal even though it sqid almost the same things.
Published 3 months ago by JP
3.0 out of 5 stars This is a true story.
This is about the life of Alan Freed. He was a radio announcer in Cleveland, Ohio. He gave a lot of singers their start in the business. He pulled the crows in. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Sueg
3.0 out of 5 stars Very good movie
The story of the hay-day of Alan Freed is the story of the birth of Rock- n- Roll!
I must have DVD for those who love old rock-n-roll or collects the movies & music of that... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Gary R. Jordan
1.0 out of 5 stars Mr. Rock n Roll: The story of Alan Freed
This movie is a total farce. Alan Freed was a phony, from the word, "go." Having known him during his heyday, he was an absolute "taskmaster," always received "kickbacks" from... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Tony Page
2.0 out of 5 stars This Movie Is Not a Documentary
Knowing a lot of the facts concerning Alan Freed, I expected to see an accurate portrayal of events that happened in his life and career. Read more
Published 14 months ago by A. Gordon
2.0 out of 5 stars Mr. Rock and Roll: The Alan Freed Story
The movie is not as good as I expected it to be. I thought it was going to be very similar to the other movie I wanted but was not in stock which featured the story of Alan Freed... Read more
Published 20 months ago by judith diane poole
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Movie to buy
It was a really good movie about Alan Freed. There were alot of things I did not know about him. Very good if you are into oldies.
Published 21 months ago by Dorothy Walsh
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Film!
I saw this film on IFC last year and was anxious to get it on DVD, if available. Love the music!
Published 22 months ago by John Cousin
5.0 out of 5 stars Not accurate, just fun
This movie was NOT ever meant to be a historically accurate film. But it is highly entertaining and I think it does capture the spirit of the era and the man. Read more
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