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The Idolmaker (14-Nov-1980)

Director: Taylor Hackford

Writer: Edward Di Lorenzo

Music and Lyrics by: Jeff Barry

Producers: Gene Kirkwood; Howard W. Koch, Jr.

Keywords: Drama, Rock and Roll

NameOccupationBirthDeathKnown for
John Aprea
Actor
4-Mar-1941   Nick Katsopolis on Full House
Olympia Dukakis
Actor
20-Jun-1931   Tales of the City
Tovah Feldshuh
Actor
27-Dec-1952   Kissing Jessica Stein
Peter Gallagher
Actor
19-Aug-1955   American Beauty
Maureen McCormick
Actor
5-Aug-1956   Marcia on The Brady Bunch
Joe Pantoliano
Actor
12-Sep-1951   Ralph Cifaretto, Guido the killer pimp
Ray Sharkey
Actor
14-Nov-1952 11-Jun-1993 Sonny Steelgrave on Wiseguy

CAST

Starring
Ray Sharkey   ...   Vincent Vacarri
Tovah Feldshuh   ...   Brenda Roberts
Peter Gallagher   ...   Caesare
Paul Land   ...   Tommy Dee
Joe Pantoliano   ...   Gino Pilato
Co-Starring
Maureen McCormick   ...   Ellen Fields
John Aprea   ...   Mario Vacarri
Richard Bright   ...   Uncle Tony
Olympia Dukakis   ...   Mrs. Vacarri
Steve Apostlee Peck   ...   Mr. Vacarri
Featuring
Leonard Gaines   ...   Luchetti
Deney Terrio   ...   Jerry Martin
Charles Guardino   ...   Jesse
Michael Mislove   ...   Ed Sharp
Kenneth O'Brien   ...   Walt Bennett
Michael Perotta   ...   Carlo
Sylvia Shemwell   ...   Sweet Inspirations
Myrna Smith   ...   Sweet Inspirations
Afreeka Trees   ...   Sweet Inspirations
Owen C. Davis   ...   London Fog
Jamie Fallin   ...   London Fog
Larry Van Claggett   ...   London Fog
Jeffrey Tanner   ...   Delano
Renata Vanni   ...   Mrs. Bevaloqua
Howard Gordon   ...   Scapio
with
Tammy Alverson   ...   Sheila
Frank Bongio   ...   Alfredo
Jed Brien   ...   Street Man
Jimmy Carter   ...   Jimmy Ryan
Kim Cordes   ...   Bed Pal of Tommy's
Jo Jo D'Amore   ...   Harmon
Cherie Felice   ...   Girl at Bandstand
Malli Jackson   ...   Janet
Shelley Kirkwood   ...   Nightclub Fan
William Vincent Kulak   ...   Production Asst.
Anthony Marciona   ...   Gigi
Buddy Micucci   ...   Chef
Alan Muir   ...   Video Director
Tony Munafo   ...   Mr. Vacarri's Asst.
Dan Munson   ...   Security Guard
Margery Nelson   ...   Reporter #1
Jack Neville   ...   Graphic Artist
Thorne Nogar   ...   Engineer #1
James Saito   ...   Eddie
Sam Shamshak   ...   Reporter #2

REVIEWS

Review by raa (posted on 25-Mar-2005)

This is an excellent movie about one man's struggle to make a success of his life by making a success of the lives of others... namely young pop star wannabees.

The defining moment in this movie is when Ray's character learns that he had all that he needed within him all along... he didn't need to build his career on the talent of others.

I saw this movie about 15+ years ago and remember many of the scenes as if I just watched it yesterday. Ray Sharkey's performance was THAT memorable!


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