The Idolmaker
The Idolmaker (1980)

The story of Philadelphia-based rock 'n' roll starmaker Bob Marcucci is given a pointed a clef treatment in The Idolmaker. Ray Sharkey plays Vincent Vacarri, who takes a couple of raw young kids (Peter Gallagher and Paul Land) and… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: November 14, 1980
DVD Release Date: August 15, 2001
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Noel Murray
The Dissolve

The movie's two main aims -- to blow the lid off the music business and to exalt some of the unsung heroes of American pop culture -- are somewhat contradictory, and haven't been worked into a polished narrative.

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Emanuel Levy

Taylor Hackford showed his skills as a commercial director with his very first picture.

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Cynthia S.
An enjoyable look back at the Italian-American teen idol singers of the 50's and early 60's. The performance by Ray Starkey (super underrated actor)… More
Marion Ravenwood
I thought it was pretty cool. The songs were decent and I enjoyied watching such a driven character. My only gripe is that it ends in the "Hollywood"… More
Jim Hunter
A music manager creates a star out of a singer, but after they part, he has to start all over with a busboy. Some of the film is stylish, but there's… More
Anthony Valletta
Interesting look at early rock.
Adam Mahler
set in '61 but makes fun of 70s AM pop idols; Ray Sharkey, with his doughy mouth, plays it half cold Svengali, half sensitive child; ending number is such… More