Film / The Idolmaker

The Idolmaker is a 1980 American musical drama starring Ray Sharkey, Peter Gallagher, Paul Land, Tovah Feldshuh and Joe Pantoliano, based on the life of rock promoter and manager Bob Marcucci.

The film follows Vincent Vacari, a songwriter/manager, driven to discover the next big act. After watching a band play at a local club, Vinnie approaches Tomaso DeLorusso, a popular and talented saxophone player, and convinces him to trade his instrument for a microphone. Following some months under Vinnie's guidance, "Tommy Dee" becomes a rock sensation. Following on from his success with Tommy Dee, Vinnie prepares another act in the form of Guido, a local busboy. With even more gusto and singlemindedness, Vinnie embarks on a destructive journey to control every aspect of his new act's image. Despite Vinnie's obvious attitude for his job, his girlfriend Brenda is concerned that his obsession is destroying everyone around him, including himself.

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