Ricky Nelson: Original Teen Idol

Ricky Nelson: Original Teen Idol

Director: Sturla Gunnarsson Cast: Gregory Calpakis, Jamey Sheridan, Sara Botsford



The life and career of Ricky Nelson--from awkward kiddie TV star to teenaged singing idol to "young hasbeen"--is adequately encapsulated in this made-for-cable movie, one of several celebrity biopics produced for VH-1. Told in flashback as Ricky Nelson (Gregory Calpakis) recounts his experiences to a worshiping fan in the last hours before the 1985 air crash that would take his life, the story begins around 1952, as the adolescent Ricky is recruited by his bandleader-producer father Ozzie Nelson (Jamey Sheridan) to play "himself" on the movie and TV version of the popular radio series The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet. Anxious to crawl out from under the shadow of his dictatorial father Ozzie, his vocalist mom Harriet (Sara Botsford) and his marginally more talented older brother David (Anthony Lemke), the 16-year-old Ricky begs for a chance to sing on the family's series. The wildly enthusiastic audience response to Ricky's warblings prompt Ozzie to aggressive promote Ricky's musical career, but ultimately Ricky breaks loose from the family's influence to strike out on his own. Alas, after several years at the top, Ricky's career and fan following plummets, before he has reached his 30th birthday he is grasping at straws by performing at county fairs and trade shows. Making matters worse is his unhappy marriage to Kris Harmon (depicted as something of a conniving opportunist by Anne Openshaw) and his ever-increasing dependence upon drugs. Astonishingly, the film never allows us to hear Ricky perform "Garden Party," the song that enabled him to make a spectacular comeback. Ricky Nelson: Original Teen Idol first aired on August 22, 1999.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/18/2011
UPC: 0085365642720
Original Release: 1999
Rating: NR
Source: Lightyear Video
Time: 1:33:00

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Gregory Calpakis Ricky Nelson
Jamey Sheridan Ozzie Nelson
Sara Botsford Harriet Nelson
Anthony Lemke David Nelson
Nicky Guadagni Donna Fontana
Larissa Laskin Helen Blair
David Keeley Bobby Neal
Melodie Johnson Lorrie Collins
Peter Oldring Terry
Tara Rosling Suzanne Fontana
Anne Openshaw Kris
Katie Griffin June Blair
Chris Loane James Burton
Rob Fenton Elvis
Booth Savage Lew Chudd
Christopher Dignan Johnny Burnette
Sean Dignan Dorsey Burnette
Bruce McFee Brad Rank
Vince Corazza Freddie
Paulino Nunes Toreador
Natalie Urquhart Alma Jean Viator
Jessica Lynn Cohen Euphemia Wells
Damir Andrei Prof. Randolph
Michael Rhoades Victor Vouhdum
Barry Flatman Charles Koppelman
Lizz Alexander Ginger
John Hyatt Dennis
David Eisner Dan Cohen
Balazs Koos John Boylan
Kelly Harms Randy Meisner

Technical Credits
Sturla Gunnarsson Director
Jonathan Goldsmith Score Composer
Lindsey Hermer-Bell Production Designer
Michael Jaffe Executive Producer
Susan Murdoch Producer
Arlene Sarner Screenwriter
Jeff Warren Editor
Tony Westman Cinematographer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Ricky Nelson: Original Teen Idol
1. Start [5:02]
2. Ozzie & Harriet [4:21]
3. The Matador [3:34]
4. Teen Tempo [4:15]
5. The Accident [3:56]
6. Rock and Roll [4:19]
7. Lonely [13:10]
8. Two Years Later [9:17]
9. The Diner [11:18]
10. Fools Rush In [7:48]
11. Three Years Later [2:32]
12. Recording [6:44]
13. Over Spending [5:57]
14. New Beginnings [4:09]
15. The Trubador [6:43]

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