Ray Sharkey gives a dynamic performance here as the hustling Vincent Vacarri (a thinly veiled version of technical adviser Bob Marcucci, mentor of Frankie Avalon and Fabian), who promotes the careers of rock 'n' roll singers Tommy Dee (Paul Land) and Caesare (Peter Gallagher)--managing
their every move, calling in favors here and making payoffs there, making sure his charges have the best clothes and backup bands, etc.--in the late 50s and early 60s. Brenda Roberts (Tovah Feldshuh) is an editor of a fan magazine who has a fling with Vincent and uses her influence to help make
his boys into stars. THE IDOLMAKER takes itself too seriously, but is nonetheless one of t...