American Hot Wax (1978)

American Hot Wax




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This lively musical comedy pays tribute to the birth of rock & roll in the late 1950s and the instrumental role played by disc jockey Alan Freed who helped bring the new sound into vogue. Much of the story centers on the daring deejay's attempts to put on the very first live rock & roll stage show at the Paramount Theatre in Brooklyn. To do this he must overcome the protests of concerned and angry parents, conservatives, and local police. Several performers of the era appear in the film … More

Rating: R
Genre: Drama, Musical & Performing Arts, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: John Kaye
Paramount Pictures


as Alan Freed

as Mookie

as Teenage Louise

as The Chesterfield

as The Chesterfield

as The Chesterfield

as Lennie Richfield

as Artie Moress

as District Attorney

as Prof. La Plano

as Himself

as Prof. La Piano

as Peter Overmyer

as Mr. Leonard

as Louie Morgan

as Member of The Cheste...

as Pianotone

as Newscaster #1

as Artie's Dad

as Tap Dancer

as Union Man

as Timmy and the Tanger...

as Timmy and the Tanger...

as Janitor

as Harriet (D.A.'s Secr...

as Louise's Mom

as Louise's Dad

as Arnold (Musician in ...

as Diamond's Manger

as Stage Manger's Date

as Girl at Bar

as Song Plugger

as Mr. Morris (Manager)

as Man Singing in the H...

as "Big Red"

as Billy Russo

as George (Record Produ...

as Delivery Boy

as Freed's Friend

as Vinnie (Promo Man)
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... a solid stellar performance by Tim McIntire, and if he doesn't manage to save the film, he gives it a much-needed center of gravity.

Full Review… | September 18, 2010
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I saw this back in the day and there's really not much plot, but man oh man -what a lineup of who's who at the live concert at the end. WOW!

David Bell

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