Rock the Kasbah

Synopsis: A down-on-his-luck music manager discovers a teenage girl with an extraordinary voice while on a music tour in Afghanistan and takes her to Kabul to compete on the popular television show, Afghan Star.
Genre: Comedy, Music, War
Director(s): Barry Levinson
Production: Open Road Films
Rotten Tomatoes:
106 min







[ MAN ]

Yes, I'm gonna be a pop star

Yes, I'm gonna be

a pop star, now

Yes, I'm going to be

a pop star

Oh, Mama,

Mama, see me

Mama, Mama, see me

I'm a pop star


Yes, I'm goin'

on the TV now, now

Yes, I'm goin'

on the TV, now

Yes, I'm goin'

on the TV, now

Oh, Mama,

Mama, see me

Mama, Mama,

see me on the TV


Yes, I'm goin'

on my first gig

Yes, I'm goin'

on my first gig

Yes, I'm goin'

on my first gig

Oh, Mama,

Mama, see me

Mama, Mama,

see me on my first gig

Oh, listen to me




I drove for miles and miles

And wound up at your door

I've had you so many times

But somehow I want more

I don't mind

spending every day

Out on your corner

in the pouring rain

Look for the girl

with the broken smile

Ask her if she'd like

to stay for a while

And she will be loved

And she will be


Mr. Lanz? I'm done.



Forgive me. No.

You're just beginning.

You liked it?

Liked it?

You made me

want to swallow poison.

And forget pitch,

rhythm and tone...

and emotional attachment

to the lyric or the melody.

I'm sorry.

I don't think I...

A grain of sand

slips into an oyster...

and irritates the bivalve.

What happens?

A pearl.

Celine Dion.

Miss Nicki Minaj.

Christina Aguilera occasionally.

All of them deeply,

profoundly irritating.

Each one of 'em a huge star.

You, mighty Mo...

are that irritant.


So you'll represent me?

If you'll have me...

Richie Lanz Management...

globally, in all markets.


Welcome to the team.

Thank you! Thank you.

So $1,200?

It's just to cover wardrobe,

studio time, gym classes.

Oh, I go to a gym.

Want to get you

a good blender too.

[ RICHIE ] Wow.

I got goose bumps. Me too.

Oh, personal check.

- I'm going to say it's okay, Ronnie.

- Yeah.

Here's our contract.

The only one we'll ever have. Ever.

My handshake is my word.


Conning checks from losers.

Booking cover bands

for bar mitzvahs.

What happened to

that smile you had, huh?

That Richie Lanz smile.

What'd you call it?

Hey, remember, we got

that thing at Pogo's tonight.

Your "winner's smile."

That's what you called it.

All those pictures in your office,

you had that grin.

That grin, man.

You were really something.


Not were, sweetheart. Am.

Yeah, sure,

I'm taking some hits,

you know, but this is

all rope-a-dope, baby.

It looks pretty bad for Richie Lanz

from the cheap seats,

but I am still

in the goddamn game.

You know,

this is not forever.

This is right now.

This is Van Nuys.

Life's about seeing an open door

and walking right through it.

Obviously, some a**hole has changed

the goddamn locks on me,

but... there's still

a door there.

I can see it.

I have always found a way.

I always will.

- I mean, how do you think I found Madonna?

- Richie.

Singing for spare change

in front of Hamburger Hamlet.

Okay, is this our talk?

Because you promised me...

after one year

I'd be singing my own songs.

I don't really...

see that now.

Wear your Meredith Brooks

outfit tonight, please.


- Door number one. That's you.

We have to talk, Richie.


I don't like this!

We have to rock!


I hate the world today

You're so good to me

I know, but I can't change

Tried to tell you

but you look at me

Like maybe

I'm an angel underneath

Innocent and sweet

Yesterday I cried

- You must have been relieved


To see the softer side

I can understand how

you'd be so confused

What's up, buddy?

She's great, isn't she?

I don't envy you

The girl's not that great.

You're too drunk to know.

All rolled into one

I'm a b*tch

I'm a lover

I'm a child

I'm a mother

I'm a sinner

I'm a saint

This sh*t rocks!

[ RICHIE ] Totally.

I love this song.

I do not feel ashamed

It rocks!

It totally rocks.



You know you wouldn't

want me any other way

I got to go check something.

Fuses or watts or something.

No, no, no.

My man, my man, my man.

What you gotta do

is bring this sh*t to Afghanistan.

Afghanistan. Totally.

Got to.

USO tour.

That's me, man.

I book those things.

This chick,

opening for Demi goddamn Lovato

and that Solange?

- The real Solange?

- Hells, yeah. In country, dude.

Goddamn beautiful

this time of year.

What time of year is it?



I think that it's May.

Kandahar rocks in May.

Right, right.

Do the whole circuit...

Herat, Mazar-e Sharif,

two nights in Kunduz, Kabul.

Do the whole thing.

You're talking a tour?

A hellacious tour, dude!

For money?

How about for your country?

Hells, yeah. For a ton of money.

We're at war, dude.

The faucet is open.

You do what you do


- And don't try to save me

- One, two, three.


I'm a b*tch, I'm a lover

I'm a child

I'm a mother

I'm a sinner

I'm a saint

I do not feel ashamed

Daddy, nobody tours Afghanistan.

That's not true.

Nobody good.

Now you're just being cruel.

Aren't you?

Sweetie, your dad

was a rock tour manager...

Your dad is

a rock tour manager.

And this is what

I'm supposed to do.

I'm supposed to tour

with my act.

Now yes,

it's a little bit out of town,

but it's a start.

The first thing I do

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Mitch Glazer

Mitchell A. "Mitch" Glazer (born 1953) is an American movie producer, writer, and actor. more…

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Submitted on August 05, 2018

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