American Hot Wax

75
  • PG
  • Genre(s): Drama History
  • Release year: 1978
  • Running time: 91 min
American Hot Wax is a 1978 biopic film directed by Floyd Mutrux and written by John Kaye, telling the story of pioneering disc jockey Alan Freed, who was instrumental in introducing and popularizing rock and roll in the 1950s. read more

American Hot Wax is a 1978 biopic film directed by Floyd Mutrux and written by John Kaye, telling the story of pioneering disc jockey Alan Freed, who was instrumental in introducing and popularizing rock and roll in the 1950s. Freed is often credited with coining the term "Rock 'n' Roll." The film starred Tim McIntire as Freed, as well as Fran Drescher as Freed's feisty secretary, Laraine Newman as a young aspiring songwriter, Melanie Chartoff as a young singer, Jeff Altman as a sleazy record promoter who is told off by everybody he approaches, Jay Leno as Freed's mischievous limousine driver, Moosie Drier in a warmly reviewed performance as the head of a Buddy Holly fan club with at least 5,000 members, and a walk-on part by a teen-aged Cameron Crowe. It also featured performances by Chuck Berry, Jerry Lee Lewis, Frankie Ford, Screamin' Jay Hawkins and the Brooklyn Dreams performed as "Professor La Plano and The Planotones". On theater release, the film did not do well at the box office with critics, which resulted in one of the reasons it didn't gain a wide audience gross worldwide. A&M Records released a 2-record soundtrack album featuring the Brooklyn Paramount performances from the movie on Record 1 (in stereo) and original recordings used throughout the film on Record 2 (all in mono). The soundtrack reached #31 on the Billboard charts, leaving some to wonder just how that was possible with such meagre public exposure. Producer Art Linson discusses the movie's production and failure at the box office in his book What Just Happened? Bitter Hollywood Tales from the Front Line.

Original Release

03/17/1978

US Release

03/17/1978

Cast

Tim McIntire Alan Freed
Fran Drescher Sheryl
Jay Leno Mookie
Laraine Newman Teenage Louise
Chuck Berry Himself / Self
Screamin' Jay Hawkins Himself / Self
Jerry Lee Lewis Himself / Self
Carl Weaver Member of The Chesterfields (as Carl Earl Weaver) / Member of The Chesterfields
Al Chalk Member of The Chesterfields
Sam Harkness Member of The Chesterfields
(see additional cast & crew)

Directors

Floyd Mutrux

Writers

John Kaye, Art Linson

Cast

Tim McIntire Alan Freed
Fran Drescher Sheryl
Jay Leno Mookie
Laraine Newman Teenage Louise
Chuck Berry Himself / Self
Screamin' Jay Hawkins Himself / Self
Jerry Lee Lewis Himself / Self
Carl Weaver Member of The Chesterfields (as Carl Earl Weaver) / Member of The Chesterfields
Al Chalk Member of The Chesterfields
Sam Harkness Member of The Chesterfields
Arnold McCuller Member of The Chesterfields
Jeff Altman Lennie Richfield
Moosie Drier Artie Moress
John Lehne D.A. Coleman
Stewart Steinberg Stone
Jack Edward Ellis Phillips
Richard Forbes Donahue
Stephen Pearlman Peter Overmyer
Keene Curtis Mr. Leonard
Pat McNamara Gordie

Producers

Editors

Ronald J. Fagan, Melvin Shapiro

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