The Idolmaker

Synopsis: Based on the life of rock promoter/producer Bob Marcucci, who discovered, among others, Frankie Avalon and Fabian.
Director(s): Taylor Hackford
Production: United Artists
  Won 1 Golden Globe. Another 2 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
117 min


Hey, move over, will you?

Come on, give me some room here!

How are you?

How's everything?

What you been doing?

Hey, Vinnie, what's happening, huh?

-Where'd you get those pants?



All right, all right, all right.

You ready? You ready?

-Let's go!


Okay, okay, very good, okay.

Okay, ten bucks.

I know, I know, I know all that.

-Okay. All right. Quattro!


Hey, Tommy, give me a chance

to break even, all right?

Hey, man, relax.

Like the good book says...

..."Never give a sucker

an even break."

Oh, come on, Tommy.

Hey, Vin, how you doing?

Still hustling babies, huh, Tommy?

Hey, it's like chicks, Vin. You

know what I mean? Hard to resist.

Besides, they don't have to

play if they don't want to.

Hey, when you coming to

Jersey to see us play?

All the way to Jersey,

what do I need that for?

Hey, so where is it, the North Pole?

I mean, it's been three years now,

you never heard me play before.

I'm looking for singers,

not saxophone players.

Hey, we got a singer, Vinnie.

A new kid, Jimmy Ryan.

Blonde hair, blue eyes.

Great kid. You gotta hear him.

-No thanks, Cuz.

What do you mean, 'no thanks'?

What are you gonna do, Vinnie,

sit home and read that... magazine s..t?

-Let me tell you something, okay?

I can learn a lot from this,

you know what I mean?

It doesn't matter whether it's

Tony C., Rock Hudson,...

...Elvis they all got it

right there.

Right in the windows,

know what I mean?

Your friend there,...

-Jimmy Ryan.

-Jimmy Ryan.

He's not gonna be a star.

-What do you mean?

I mean, women don't want,

blonde singing idols.

They want dark hair.

They like dark hair.

Take Frank Sinatra, Elvis...

You know what I mean?

They got it.

You better read up, kid.

In the windows.

-Ciao, everybody.

-Ciao, Vincente.

About time you got here.

Your brother's going potso.

He had to take the orders on

twelve and thirteen.

He's going crazy.

-It's about time he had to do...

...some work.

-You'd better get to work.

Hey, take it easy, Emilio.

Don't panic.

What do you think we got,

a wedding out there?

Let's see, what do we got here?

Twelve and thirteen.

-Twelve and thirteen.

-Hey, no movie magazines.

Oh, I'm sorry, Mario.

Listen, I had some real business

to do across the river.

You know, music business.

And, uh, I got hung up.

But I tell you what, you know what

I'm gonna do for you?

I'm gonna work all night for you.

Tonight you got me for the duration.

Vinnie, I'm running a business here.

When people come in for dinner

they got to have waiters... serve them.

-Mario, the food's getting cold.

I can't stand here talking to you

all night, you know what I mean?

I got customers waiting.

How are you, Carl?

Don't ask. Hi.

Linguini in white clam sauce?

-Right here, please.

Emilio, I got some people coming in

tonight just before closing.

Seventeen people.

I want everything fresh.

I don't want anybody going home,


Some veal... What?

-Mario, where's Vinnie?

He's busy.

Don't bother him, huh?

And, seem zabaglione for desert.

Don't' send anybody home

because they're coming in late.

But I want to keep the kitchen open.

Make sure they're open, okay?

People came all the way from

Brooklyn just to taste these.

They're really incredible, really.

They're the chef's specialty.


-Gino, what are you doing?

I'm working here.

-I gotta talk to you.

-Not now, Gino.

-Now. Now, Vinnie, now!

It's Jerry Martin.

He just called me.

Excuse me for a second.

What the hell are you doing?

-He's at the Annex studio.

He says if we want him

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