Mr. Rock 'n' Roll: The Alan Freed Story

Mr. Rock 'n' Roll: The Alan Freed Story
Type TV Movie
MPAA Rating N/A
Runtime 1hr 31mins.
Genres Adaptation, Period, Biopic
Keywords N/A
Status Completed
US Release Date
  
Name Credit Credited as Role Id Sort Order
Judd Nelson Actor Alan Freed 1 1000001
Mädchen Amick Actor Jackie McCoy 1 1000002
David Gianopoulos Actor Morris Levy 1 1000003
Daniel Kash Actor Hooke 1 1000004
Leon Robinson Actor Jackie Wilson 1 1000005
Paula Abdul Actor Denise Walton 1 1000006
Bobby Rydell Actor Country Club Parent 1 1000008
Mark Wilson Actor Leo Mintz 1 1000009
Leroy Brazile Actor Frankie Lymon 1 1000010
Joe Davis Actor Buddy Holly 1 1000011
Walter Franks Actor Little Richard 1 1000012
James Victor Actor Jerry Lee Lewis 1 1000013
Michael Hall Actor Bill Haley 1 1000014
Michael Dunston Actor Bo Diddley 1 1000015
Reg Dreger Actor Captain O'Malley 1 1000016
Ross Petty Actor J Elroy McCaw 1 1000017
Fulvio Cecere Actor Pete Bell 1 1000018
Richard Fitzpatrick Actor VP Programming 1 1000019
Dennis Mirkovic Actor Levy Associate 1 1000020
Aron Tager Actor J Edgar Hoover 1 1000021
Laura Catalano Actor Record Executive's Wife 1 1000022
Bruce Hunter Actor Head Parent Shaw 1 1000023
Gavin Hope Actor Teenager 1 1000024
Troy Liddell Actor Teenager 1 1000025
Chris Rouse Actor Teenager 1 1000026
Jae Christie Actor Teenager 1 1000027
Howard Chen Actor Member of Dominoes 1 1000028
Paislee Crawford Actor Member of Dominoes 1 1000029
Gary McAuley Actor Member of Dominoes 1 1000030
David Stevenson Actor Menber of Penguins 1 1000031
Anthony Hylton Actor Member of Penguins 1 1000032
George McAuley Actor Member of Penguins 1 1000033
Jim Codrington Actor Member of Penguins 1 1000034
Vivienne Williams Actor Member of Chantels 1 1000035
Hedy McKenzie Actor Member of Chantels 1 1000036
Novie Edwards Actor Member of Chantels 1 1000037
Ordena Stephens Actor Member of Chantels 1 1000038
Andy Wolk Director n/a 2 2000001
Frank Von Zerneck Executive Producer n/a 174 3000001
Robert Sertner Executive Producer n/a 174 3000002
Andy Wolk Executive Producer n/a 174 3000003
Matt Dorff Executive Producer n/a 174 3000004
Erik Storey Co-Executive Producer n/a 185 3000005
Lawrence Levy Co-Executive Producer n/a 185 3000006
Rick Arredondo Producer n/a 3 3000007
Randy Sutter Producer n/a 3 3000008
Matt Dorff Screenplay n/a 120778 4000001
John Jackson Book as Source Material ("Big Beat Heat: Alan Freed and the Early Years of Rock & Roll") 120888 4000002
Charles Braive Unit Production Manager n/a 182 5000001
Charmaine Carvalho Assistant Director n/a 163 5000002
Derick Underschultz Director of Photography n/a 120780 6000001
Mark Conte Editor n/a 172 7000001
Lawrence Shragge Music n/a 120781 8000001
Little Richard Music song/ song performer("Tutti Frutti") 120781 8000002
Jerry Lewis Song Performer ("A Whole Lot a Shakin' Goin' On") 120788 8000005
Jackie Wilson Song Performer ("Lonely Teardrops") 120788 8000007
Peter Cosco Production Designer n/a 164 9000001
Rex Fields Set Decorator n/a 165 9000002
Humberto Garcia Art Director art direction 183 9000003
Susan Glicksman Casting Director (Los Angeles) 157 10000001
Fern Orenstein Casting Director (Los Angeles) 157 10000002
Clare Walker Casting Director (Toronto) 157 10000003
Trysha Bakker Costume Designer n/a 169 13000001
Kelly Brennan Hair Stylist key hairstylist 120799 13000002
Chris Pizzarelli Makeup key makeup 353 13000003
Jim Harrison Sound Editor n/a 229 14000001
Barry Cherin Publicity publicist(NBC/Los Angeles) 120789 29000001
Synopsis
Television movie about 1950s rock deejay Alan Freed and the scandals that ended his career. In 1951, Cleveland DJ Alan Freed eavesdrops on a group of black and white teenagers bopping to the sounds of rhythm and blues. Freed takes a chance and plays the controversial music at midnight. Suddenly, the world and music changes forever. "Rock'n'Roll" becomes part of America's lexicon, but for conservative right-wing citizens, the music represents sex, anarchy and crime. Freed's show, "Big Beat," is the first nationally televised rock'n'roll dance program. However, when singer Frankie Lymon dances with a white girl, the network flips and tells Freed that he can no longer have black artists on the show. Freed refuses and "Big Beat" is cancelled but his wealth and fame grow. Eventually, Freed's world begins to crumble -- his marriage dissolves, his health declines, he lives beyond his means and borrows money from the wrong person. His lifestyle becomes a target of investigation by J. Edgar Hoover's FBI.
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