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The Gene Krupa Story [Import]
Sal Mineo (Rebel Without a Cause) steals the screen with his acclaimed portrayal of one of the greatest jazz drummers of all time in this realistic bio-pic. Defying the wishes of his parents, the youngKrupa sets out for New York in search of fame and fortune with his musician buddy, Eddie (James Darren, Gidget, The Guns of Navarone), and his small-town sweetheart, Ethel (Susan Kohner,Imitation of Life). After Krupa's incredible talents are discovered, his rocketing career leaves little time for Ethel. Now playing in the fast lane, the hard-hitting drummer falls for a sexy jazz singer, Dorissa(Susan Oliver, The Disorderly Orderly), who introduces him to drugs. But after serving time in jail and losing true love Ethel, Krupa yearns for only one thing: a second chance at life and love. Special appearances by Anita O’Day and Red Nichols, and a superb soundtrack with Krupa on drums, highlight this compelling story of a musical genius who transformed the sound of jazz percussion.
Top Customer Reviews
The film traces Krupa's life from his humble beginnings in Chicago as the youngest child of working class parents who live by the rules of traditional life based around family and the church. We get a very early glimpse of the conflict already existing in young Gene when he brings home a set of drums which his angry father smashes as unsuitable for his son to be wasting his time on. After his father's death Gene however bows to the expectations of his family and joins the priesthood but after a year realises that it is not the life for him.Read more ›
This bio pic is melodramatic and predictable and has the look of the fifties instead of the thirties, but it's still quite enjoyable thanks to the good actors and electrifying drum solos.
Most recent customer reviews
I was stationed on a NIKE Army site between Albany and Sylvester Georgia in 1960-1961. I had the priviledge of showing the movies on our base. Read morePublished on Dec 26 2003 by Ben L. Shackelton
The acting is not great & the story is full of half-truths & the usually hollywood coloring.However if you love Krupa, swing. Read morePublished on April 22 2003 by joel seidler
THis film is loads of fun and is kind of like the rocky film for drummers! Sal mineo gives a wonderful performance here and manages to keep the movie really posistive and uplifting... Read morePublished on Jan. 29 2002 by mark logg
I find it difficult to understand why so many critics have slammed this movie. Granted it isn't a 100 percent factual account of Krupa's life, but the acting and musical... Read morePublished on Dec 23 1999 by DANIEL MILES
Easily Sal Mineo's best movie role...what a guy! I wonder if he kissed good?...Handsome Harry From HonoluluPublished on Sept. 15 1999
This is one of my all-tme favorite films of Sal Mineo.The music and acting is first rate. Fine performances by Darren,Kohner and Susan Oliver. Read morePublished on June 27 1999 by firstname.lastname@example.org