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A.K.A. Doc Pomus (2013)

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Average Rating: 8.2/10
Critic Reviews: 6
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Paralyzed with polio as a child, Brooklyn-born Jerome Felder reinvented himself first as a blues singer, renaming himself Doc Pomus, then emerged as a one of the most brilliant songwriters of the early rock and roll era, writing "Save the Last Dance for Me," "This Magic Moment," "A Teenager in Love," "Viva Las Vegas," and dozens of other hits. For most of his life Doc was confined to crutches and a wheelchair, but he lived more during his sixty-five years than others could experience in several

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A touching, delightful and exceptionally well-crafted new documentary, "AKA Doc Pomus" follows the life and career of Pomus, who wrote "Save the Last Dance for Me," "A Teenager in Love," "Viva Las Vegas" and scores of other hits.

October 31, 2013 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
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Expertly put together by editor Amy Linton, "AKA Doc Pomus" uses its wealth of material to create the sense of a man with a genius for putting undistilled emotion into his songs.

October 10, 2013 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
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This static documentary portrait relies on the usual panning over photos and tag-team interviews, but the format, like the radio length of a song, doesn't get in the way of its subject's heart.

October 3, 2013 Full Review Source: New York Times
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A moving, un-mawkish portrait of a songwriting icon.

October 1, 2013 Full Review Source: Time Out New York
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Even if you know this history already, A.K.A. Doc Pomus is vital and endearing, a celebration of a great artist, a great character, and the universality of great pop.

October 1, 2013 Full Review Source: Village Voice
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Thrusts a forgotten pioneer back into the limelight while illuminating a part of rock history.

February 1, 2013 Full Review Source: Variety
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"A.K.A. Doc Pomus" gathers friends, collaborators, and, of course, the music to show just how big the talent and how much bigger the heart of an incredible artist.

December 23, 2013 Full Review Source: Oregonian
Oregonian

The film leaves us with tons of great music and the lingering impression that Felder, aka Pomus, would have been a terrific person to hang out with.

December 5, 2013 Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press
St. Paul Pioneer Press

A thoughtful, intimate documentary about a blues shouter, in the tradition of the great Joe Turner...

October 4, 2013 Full Review Source: Leonard Maltin's Picks
Leonard Maltin's Picks

Fascinating documentary about one of the greatest songwriters of the R&B and Brill Building eras of the 1950s and '60s.

September 13, 2013 Full Review Source: Reason Online
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This absolutely gorgeous retrospect on perhaps one of the greatest song writers of all time. His personal struggles seem to drive the passion behind the lyrics and we learn of someone deeply loved and admired by all who came into contact with him.
March 11, 2014
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