Rock Star

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Studio Warner
SKU 211423830
UPC 883929084968
UPC 14 00883929084968
Format DVD
Keywords
Music
Rock And Roll
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
Note Mark Wahlberg plays Chris Cole, a local guy from Pittsburgh who is a copy-machine repairman by day (still living at home), and the lead singer of Blood Pollution, a Steel Dragon tribute band, at night. (Steel Dragon is a heavy-metal hair band living it big in the 1980s.) Cole prides himself on getting everything exactly right when he's onstage, every note, every costume, every shade of mascara; he even gets a nipple ring right after Steel Dragon's lead singer does. Chris's dream turns into reality when Steel Dragon fires its lead singer and brings Chris in to audition for the job. He gets the gig, but he also gets a lot more than he bargained for. ^Wahlberg is brilliant as Cole, playing the role to perfection, both as the young dreamer and the rock star living to excess. Jennifer Aniston is also excellent as Emily, his longtime girlfriend and manager who stands by him for as long as she can. The music nails the 1980s heavy-metal explosion, both in the original songs that Steel Dragon plays and the incidental music, from such groups as Kiss, Jon Bon Jovi, Ted Nugent, AC/DC, Motley Crue, and Dio. As good as Wahlberg and Aniston are, Timothy Spall, as Steel Dragon's manager, nearly steals the picture. ROCK STAR is an invigorating, intoxicating, thrilling ride of a movie; at times it even feels like it's the true story behind Spinal Tap. (In fact, it is loosely based on the true story of Ripper Owens and Judas Priest.) As an added bonus, the film features, in small roles, musicians who have played with such metalheads as Dokken, Slaughter, Ozzy Osbourne, and more.
Reviews
Entertainment Weekly "...[Wahlberg] becomes the spirit of heavy metal....Not since BOOGIE NIGHTS has Wahlberg created so winning and personal a character..." 09/04/2001 p.61-2
Variety "...Aniston and Spall lead the supporting cast with considerable conviction..." 09/03/2001 p.38-47
Los Angeles Times "...The film uses its easy sense of humor to convey what is sometimes lost in rock films, the sense of fun involved in playing and listening to the music..." 09/07/2001 p.1
Film Comment "...The film is front-loaded with plenty of funny, authentic-feeling snapshots from the life of an earnest steel-belt metalhead..." 09/01/2001 p.76-7
New York Times "...[Spall] is charming....Mr. Stockwell and Mr. Herek balance mockery with affection..." 09/07/2001 p.E10
Sight and Sound "...One-time teen-pop idol Mark Wahlberg is a good metal-mimic, and manifestly enjoys the strutting and the squealing..." 12/01/2001 p.56-7
Chicago Sun-Times "...There are good performances and the period is well captured..." 09/07/2001 p.31
USA Today "...Mark Wahlberg gives one of his better performances..." 01/25/2002 p.14D
Directors
Stephen Herek
Actors
Mark Wahlberg
Jennifer Aniston
Cast & Crew
Dominic West - Star
Mark Wahlberg - Star
Timothy Olyphant - Star
Carrie Stevens - Star
Heidi Mark - Star
Rachel Hunter - Star
Jennifer Aniston - Star
Dagmara Dominczyk - Star
Jason Flemyng - Star
Timothy Spall - Star
Stephan Jenkins - Star
Robert Lawrence - Producer
Sammy Hagar - Additional Music/Songs
Ritchie Blackmore - Additional Music/Songs
Steven Reuther - Executive Producer
George Clooney - Executive Producer
Trevor Rabin - Composer
Toby Jaffe - Producer
John Stockwell - Screenwriter
Ueli Steiger - Director of Photography
Stephen Herek - Director
Technical Info
Original Release Date 2001
UPC 00883929084968
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 106 minutes
Color Color
Features
DVD
Product Attributes
Video Format DVD

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