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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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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.
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...
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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It's a bit disheartening how hard I had to search to be able to watch The Idolmaker. I'm not sure what twigged the desire but it was a film that made a big impression on the young... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Drew Rowsome
When Ray Sharkey passed on not too long ago, I bought the DVD "The Idolmaker" and gave it to myself as a late birthday gift this year not only as a tribute to Ray Sharkey,... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Peter Smith
I have seen it before it is a very good story I wanted it so I could see it again and again brings me back to the good old days love itPublished 12 months ago by Linda Paquette
classic movie terrific story one of my favorites losing ray Sharkey with the tragic loss of the terrific actorPublished 14 months ago by Barry Levin