Blu-ray Disc Features:
- Rated: PG
- Run Time: 2 hours
- Video: Color
- Released: August 27, 2013
- Originally Released: 1980
- Label: Shout Factory
- Note: Commentary by Academy Award-Winning Director Taylor Hackford
Performers, Cast and Crew:
New York Times - 11/14/1980
"...Sharkey is funny, fanatical, and energetic..."
A young songwriter from the Bronx who doesn't have the looks to be a teen star himself transforms others into rock legends. He's the Idolmaker. Based on the career of Bob Marcucci, who created teen idols Frankie Avalon and Fabian, the film stars Ray Sharkey in a tour-de-force performance in the title role, with strong supporting work from Tovah Feldshuh, Peter Gallagher, Olympia Dukakis, and Joe Pantoliano (best known as RISKY BUSINESS's Guido the Killer Pimp). THE BRADY BUNCH's Maureen McCormick also plays a small role.
Character Study |
- THE IDOLMAKER is director Taylor Hackford's first feature film.
- Tommy Dee and Caesare are loosely based on Frankie Avalon and Fabian.
- THE IDOLMAKER features the silver screen debut of actor Peter Gallagher (SHORT CUTS, AMERICAN BEAUTY).
- Maureen McCormick, the actress who played Marcia Brady on THE BRADY BUNCH, appears in a small role as Caesare's girlfriend.