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Ricky Nelson: Original Teen Idol (1999)

Not Rated | | Drama | TV Movie 22 August 1999
Biographical story of rock idol and TV star, Ricky Nelson is recalled from the view of Ricky in a discussion with a fan just hours before his death in a plane crash in 1985. Told in ... See full summary »

Director:

Sturla Gunnarsson

Writer:

Arlene Sarner
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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
Melody Johnson ... Lorrie Collins
Peter Oldring ... Terry
Tara Rosling ... Suzanne Fontana
Anne Openshaw Anne Openshaw ... Kris
Katie Griffin ... June Blair
Chris Loane Chris Loane ... James Burton
Rob Fenton Rob Fenton ... Elvis
Booth Savage ... Lew Chudd
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Biographical story of rock idol and TV star, Ricky Nelson is recalled from the view of Ricky in a discussion with a fan just hours before his death in a plane crash in 1985. Told in flashbacks, the film examines the Nelson's early life, their rise to TV stardom in the 50's, Ricky's struggles with his Dad to move into music and out of his Dad's control, and his own struggles with drugs and his star drop after his early teen successes. Written by John Sacksteder <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

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Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated

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Country:

Canada | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 August 1999 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ricky Nelson See more »

Filming Locations:

Toronto, Ontario, Canada See more »

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Trivia

When the episodes of the Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet with Lorrie Collins were aired the name on her guitar was always spelled correctly as Lorrie Collins not Laurie as is shown in this biopic. See more »

Goofs

The guitar Rockabilly singer Lorrie Collins is holding has her name spelled Laurie Collins. See more »

Connections

References Maverick (1957) See more »

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Very Good
29 October 2017 | by aliasstoneSee all my reviews

Having grown up watching all of the "The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet" on the one and only b&w television that our family owned, the best episodes by far were the ones where Ricky was singing. This movie brought back those memories and it was interesting to see some of the behind the scenes things that went on and how Ricky's musical began and developed. Ozzie with his total control over the program along with his control over Ricky were the things we never knew about while watching the shows. A very good portrayal of all involved in the family by the actors in this movie and I'd recommend this to anyone who grew up with that show playing in their living rooms. It was tragic how Ricky's life ended and his fans remember it well. Thumps up to all involved. Great movie.


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