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Idolmaker [Blu-ray]

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Vincent Vaccari (Ray Sharkey) is an idol maker, a music promoter and manager who is obsessively driven by his desire to discover the next big act. After transforming Tomaso DeLorusso (Paul Land), a popular saxophone player, into rock ’n’ roll sensation Tommy Dee, Vinnie becomes obsessed with his next big hit, a local busboy named Guido (Peter Gallagher). With a single-minded vision of what Guido needs to become, Vinnie embarks on a destructive journey to control every aspect of his new act’s image, a journey that might end up destroying everyone around him, including himself.


The Idolmaker marked the feature film debut for Peter Gallagher (American Beauty, The O.C. ) and Joe Pantoliano (The Sopranos, The Matrix) and starred Ray Sharkey (Wiseguy) as rock promoter Vincent Vaccari, a character based on the real life of manager Bob Marcucci, who discovered and promoted several rock ’n’ roll stars including Frankie Avalon and Fabian. Sharkey would go on to win the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor in a Musical/Comedy for his performance.

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  • Actors: Ray Sharkey, Tovah Feldshuh, Peter Gallagher, Joe Pantoliano
  • Directors: Taylor Hackford
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Anamorphic, Blu-ray, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    PG
    Parental Guidance Suggested
  • Studio: Shout! Factory
  • DVD Release Date: August 27, 2013
  • Run Time: 120 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (91 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00CUDD0VQ
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #70,516 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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"I've been up, I've been down, I've been playing women all around ..." It amazes me that this great movie seemed to have bypassed modern audiences to the extent that no-one even remembers it anymore. I remember when it was released in South Africa in 1981, my best friend and I went to see it four times in the same week. At that time, we were uncritically into movies about music, rock 'n roll and disco (Grease; Saturday Night Fever; Thank God it's Friday; I Wanna Hold your Hand etc)and this movie delivered big time in terms of our low expectations. As I've matured, movies like these have either dated rather badly (Saturday Night Fever) or gradually revealed their mediocrity (Thank God it's Friday). The Idolmaker has only become better! This is truly a movie that succeeds in being all things to all people. As kids, it delivered the most basic kind of entertainment that made going to the movies a weekly pleasure. As adults, it delivers an intelligent, bittersweet and admirably unsentimental look at the unforgiving dynamics of an industry and culture prizing image and packaging over substance and content. Featuring a remarkably confident career best performance by Ray Sharkey ably supported by the always reliable Joe Pantoliano and a suitably weeny Peter Gallagher, The Idolmaker is the forgotten classic of the musical drama genre. In a funny way, given the setting, the neighbourhood, the wiseguy attitude - I've always kind of considered The Idolmaker as a kind of sub-Scorsese movie - an upmarket, glamorous companion piece to Mean Streets, Raging Bull and other such Italian American neighbourhood tales.Read more ›
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This disguised tale of a talented songwriter/producer (Ray Sharkey), takes a young band member out of his simple bar band and makes him into a super star. Sharkey's desire to get his father's attention by this success comes after his father challenges him to do it again...A second young man is found because he has the right look to become a super star, even though he is only a shy waiter, not a singer. The story is reminiscent of Frankie Avalon and Fabian Forte's humble beginnings. The story is a sweet tale and the music is captivating. This one is an independent charmer.
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I remember seeing this film in the theater in 1981 and its so great to be able to buy it on Amazon so many years later, to see it again!

The movie itself is a fast-paced, entertaining glimpse into the world of the Italian 'teen singing idols' who came out of Philly and Jersey in the 1950's-1960's. I don't even know if this movie was ever a hit, I had never seen it on cable or on tv, but Ray Sharkey's performance was so unforgettable, that almost thirty years later, when I accidentally found it on Amazon, I bought the DVD becasue I just had to see it again.

Ray Sharkey, an amazing, oscar-worthy actor, turned in a passionate, riveting performance in the starring role as the Idolmaker and then went on to do an equally great job as mobster Sonny Steelgrave in the 1980's hit tv series Wiseguy.

Despite the fact that he was a rising star with real acting chops, his career was cut tragically short, from what I understand, and he died young, a few years later.

Ray Sharkey's death was a great loss to the film industry. I can only imagine what he could have done, if he had only had more time.
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Saw this movie in 1980 and was very impressed with the soundtrack. I then purchased the album and have always wondered why it was not issued in cd form. As for the movie I rate the story and music better than most musicals. Ray Sharkey dancing in the background while Tommy D is singing is a highlight. The only unbelievable aspect is the Memphis part of the movie. I have often wondered what became of Paul Land he was fabulous as Tommy D. I now show my daughter the musical scenes and she just wants to watch them over and over again. Great music Great movie
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OK, at 5 stars I overrated this film, but only by 1/2 of a star. It's a small film but it does a perfect job of showing the cycle of hit-makers, from creation to stardom to has-been, with the 'mogul' or star-maker running parallel to it.
The film has Ray Sharkey as the 'impressario' star-maker and Peter Gallagher as one of the phenoms. Sharkey finds a nobody who has the 'look' that he, Sharkey, lacks (he had dreams of being a star.) We see the creation of a rock 'n roll idol and then the inevitable split and loss to another agency. Sharkey is devastated but he's got another star in the wings(forged from another 'nobody', a waiter in fact.) However, he loses him too and eventually has to accept being just a songwriter and small time 'success' on his own.
The film is perfectly crafted to show this subject and does it all economically in time so you're never left wondering when it will end...
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This movie has some great performances by Ray Sharkey and in one of his first roles, by Joe Pantoliano as Sharkey's right hand man. Maureen McCormack also has a brief role.
The music is excellent and drives the movie. I've been searching for the soundtrack for years and can't find it.
With today's current crop of cookie cutter acts, like Backstreet Boys developed by Maurice Starr types, there is talk of a remake of The Idolmaker. I hope that it results in generation of interest in the original and its soundtrack
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