I love this movie, a bit of which is in the clip above. (If you don't want to watch the whole thing, start at 2:30.) I first saw it in a dollar cinema not long after it was released. Fine performances by Ray Sharkey and Peter Gallagher, a couple of amazing music sequences with Gallagher.
The official word: He's got the look... He's got the talent... He's got the Idolmaker... He's got it all! The Golden Globe-winning cult musical The Idolmaker makes its Blu-ray debut from Shout! Factory on August 27th, 2013. Winner of the 1981 Golden Globe Award for Best Actor in a Musical/Comedy for Ray Sharkey’s performance, the Blu-ray edition also includes a commentary track from director Taylor Hackford. Directed by Academy-Award winning director Taylor Hackford (Ray, Dolores Claiborne), The Idolmaker is the story of idol maker Vincent Vacarri (Ray Sharkey), a music promoter and manager who is obsessively driven by his desire to discover the next big act. After transforming Tomaso DeLorusso (Paul Land), a popular saxophone player, into rock 'n' roll sensation "Tommy Dee," Vinnie becomes obsessed with his next big hit, a local busboy named Guido (Peter Gallagher).
With a single-minded vision of what Guido needs to become, Vinnie embarks on a destructive journey to control every aspect of his new act's image, a journey that might end up destroying everyone around him. Part character study, part musical, The Idolmaker is a fast-paced, compelling look at the music industry during the 1960s.
Marking the feature film debut for Peter Gallagher (American Beauty, The O.C.) and Joe Pantoliano (The Sopranos, The Matrix), The Idolmaker stars Ray Sharkey (Wiseguy) as rock promoter Vincent Vacarri, a character based on the real life of manager Bob Marcucci, who discovered rock 'n' roll stars including Frankie Avalon and Fabian.