Tuesday, April 23, 2013

The Idolmaker (1980)

The Idolmaker (1980)

A music manager turns ordinary young men into singing idols.

Ray Sharky gives a killer high-octane performance as Vincent Vacarri, an intensely driven music manager who transforms a high school kid and a small-time sax player into national superstars.

The ultimate stage mother, he injects every move, every note, and nuance into his performers, and we're all along every step of the way on this ride.  Tremendous supporting cast including Joe Pantoliano, Tovah Feldshuh, and Peter Gallagher.   You can feel the raw nerves the first time this kid walks onto a stage, and the thrill as he breaks through to the audience.

The performance scenes are marvelous.  Hats off to director Taylor Hackford, who pulled them off so precisely.

What rounds this story off nicely is the backstory of Vincent, and the inevitable problems that arise from his obsessive personality.  What could easily have become a happy-dappy one-dimensional biopic turns into a legitimate tale of success, struggle, and redemption.

This one is over 30 years old and still fresh.
A first rate movie from start to finish.

Quickie Synopsis
I just wanna take you.....


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