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Year

1980

Character

Guido/Caesare

Summary

Vincent Vaccardi (Ray Sharkey) has talent and drive, but in the singing world of 1959, he knows he has to have looks too. Determined to find success for his songs, he latches on to a local performer and shapes his image into Tommy Dee (Paul Land), who's suddenly an overnight sensation. As his own power and income increase, Vinnie doesn't realize he's lost his focus on the work and is becoming a feral, driven taskmaster. When Tommy starts to agitate for bigger things, Vinnie realizes he'd better have more than one trick up his sleeve. He finds another fresh face in a shy busboy named Guido (Peter Gallagher), whom he transforms into Caesare--a reclusive, mysterious singing sensation. Vinnie's formula is on the money, and Caesare is catapulted to fame as well, but Vinnie finally begins to see that he may have left something important behind, and that he's not the only one who might have to pay for it. Based on the life of rock promoter/producer Bob Marucci, who discovered, among others, Frankie Avalon and Fabian.

Director

Taylor Hackford

Writers

Edward DiLorenzo

Cast

Ray Sharkey

Vincent Vacarri

John Aprea

Pani Vacarri

Richard Bright

Uncle Tony

Olympia Dukakis

Mrs. Vacarri

Tovah Feldshuh

Brenda Roberts

Leonard Gaines

Luchetti

Maureen McCormick

Ellen Fields

Official Site

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Photos

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