Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Taylor Hackford|
|Produced by||Gene Kirkwood|
Howard W. Koch Jr.
|Written by||Edward di Lorenzo|
|Music by||Jeff Barry|
|Edited by||Neil Travis|
|Distributed by||United Artists|
The film is based on the life of rock promoter and manager Bob Marcucci, who discovered and promoted several rock 'n' roll stars including Frankie Avalon and Fabian. Bob Marucci served as a technical advisor for the production. It was directed by Taylor Hackford and written by Edward di Lorenzo. It was the feature film debut for Peter Gallagher, Joe Pantoliano, and Paul Land.
Ray Sharkey plays Vincent Vacari, a songwriter and entertainment manager, driven by his desire to discover the next big act. After watching a local band play, Vacari approaches the talented saxophone player, Tomaso DeLorusso (Paul Land), convincing him to trade his instrument for a microphone. After some months under the guidance of Vacari, the newly named "Tommy Dee" becomes a rock 'n' roll sensation.
Moving forward from his success with Tommy Dee, Vacari prepares another act in the form of Guido (Peter Gallagher), a local teen who had been working as a busboy. With even more gusto and single-mindedness, Vacari embarks on a destructive journey to control every aspect of his new act's image.
Despite his obvious flair for making idols, Vacari's girlfriend, Brenda (Tovah Feldshuh), is concerned that his obsession is destroying everyone around him, including himself.
Marcucci approached producer Gene Kirkwood with the idea for the film. In the original script, the singers were more sympathetic and the producer less so.
On July 23, 2013, the soundtrack album was finally issued on CD by Varese Sarabande Records.
|Golden Globe for Best Actor in a Musical/Comedy||Ray Sharkey|
|Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture in a Musical/Comedy||Howard W. Koch Jr., Gene Kirkwood|