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Director: Waris Hussein,

Cast: Joseph Bologna, Estelle Getty, Barry Manilow

This campy drama, set in the 1940s, was inspired by a hit song by Barry Manilow. It tells the tale of an aspiring songwriter, Lola, a showgirl, and the sleazy owner of the Copa. Tragedy ensues as the two men duel over Lola's love.


This campy drama, set in the 1940s, was inspired by a hit song by Barry Manilow. It tells the tale of an aspiring songwriter, Lola, a showgirl, and the sleazy owner of the Copa. Tragedy ensues as the two men duel over Lola's love.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Robert Firsching
Veteran filmmaker Waris Hussein directed this perversely fascinating but amazingly wrong-headed telefilm paying tribute to 1940s musicals and based on the hit song by Barry Manilow. The need for viewers to suspend all preconceived notions of reality begins with the casting of Manilow himself as a World War II veteran named Tony Star. Tony longs to be a famous songwriter and ends up working as a bartender at the legendary Copacabana nightclub in New York City. While participating in a radio quiz show testing contestants' musical knowledge, Tony meets Lola Lamar (Annette O'Toole), whom he later falls in love with while she is working as a B-girl at the club. Tony tends bar while trying to sell his songs and become recognized, but complications ensue when the diamond-festooned gangster Rico Caselli (Joseph Bologna) steals Lola away to Havana. Tony finally becomes a star, enjoys a tearful reunion with his long-lost father, and attempts to rescue Lola, but as anyone familiar with the song can attest, the tensions within the club eventually lead to tragedy. Campy and ridiculous, the film is nevertheless interesting on a number of levels, and O'Toole is admittedly impressive as the dissolute Lola. Estelle Getty, Hamilton Camp, and Cliff Osmond appear, while Silvana Gallardo stands out in an otherwise thankless role as Conchita Rivera.

Product Details

Release Date:
Original Release:
Image Entertainment
Region Code:
[Dolby Digital Mono]

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Joseph Bologna Actor
Estelle Getty Actor
Barry Manilow Actor
Annette O'Toole Actor
Ernie Sabella Actor
Dwier Brown Actor
Clarence Felder Actor
Silvana Gallardo Conchita Ramon
James Callahan Dennis Riley
Andra Akers Pamela Devereaux
Cliff Osmond Angelo
Stanley Brock 2nd Publisher
Hamilton Camp Nicky Richards
Hartley Silver Husband
Ralph M. Clift Customer
John Petlock Man in Lounge
Rafael Mauro 1st Publisher
Lonnie Burr Nightclub Owner
Jimmy Martinez Reporter
Whitney Rydbeck Minister
Robert Broyles Bar Patron
Brad Logan Rico's Henchman
Dickson Hughes Lounge Pianist
Hugo L. Stanger Doorman
Lew Horn 2nd Patron
Richard Kuller Radio Announcer
Carole Meyers Wedding Guest
Artie Butler Nightclub Piano Player
James Gillian Orchestra Leader

Technical Credits
Waris Hussein Director
Tracy Bousman Production Designer
Artie Butler Score Composer,Musical Direction/Supervision
Bobby Byrne Cinematographer
Dick Clark Executive Producer
Grover Dale Choreography
Jack Feldman Score Composer
Michael Jablow Editor
Thomas Kane Producer
James Lipton Screenwriter
Barry Manilow Score Composer
Dan Paulson Executive Producer
Bruce Sussman Score Composer
Robert Turturice Costumes/Costume Designer

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Main Title [1:33]
2. Sing That Song [6:04]
3. Tony and Lola [2:54]
4. Showtime at the Copa [:47]
5. Bartending Starr [3:32]
6. Music for Sale [3:44]
7. The Glass Slipper [7:25]
8. Song for Lola [2:37]
9. "Who Needs to Dream" [8:18]
10. "Man Wanted" [1:59]
11. "Aye Caramba" [4:03]
12. His Name Is Rico [6:55]
13. She Lost Her Tony [4:33]
14. Havana [3:10]
15. "Sweet Heaven" [3:47]
16. Tony's a Starr! [9:44]
17. The Kiss of Death [6:01]
18. "El Bravo" [6:38]
19. The Switch [4:06]
20. They Fell in Love [2:56]
21. Copacabana (At the Copa) [2:48]
22. End Credits [1:39]

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Copacabana 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This film started out as a TV special back in 1984 and received poor reviews. I taped it back way back then and watched it so many times it got blurry. I was elated to see it finally came out on DVD. I love Barry Manilow and of course being a fan he can do no wrong. The best scene is where he sings 'Who Needs To Dream' to Lola. Her face is etched in my mind everytime I hear the song. Unfortunatly Barry never does it in concert.