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Copacabana (1985)

Singer Tony loves dancer Lola in 1940s New York, but sinister Rico brings her to his nightclub in Havana.


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Barry Manilow (characters from the song "Copacabana" by), Bruce Sussman (characters from the song "Copacabana" by) | 2 more credits »

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Won 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Barry Manilow ... Tony Starr
Annette O'Toole ... Lola Lamar
Estelle Getty ... Bella Stern
James T. Callahan ... Dennis Reilly
Andra Akers Andra Akers ... Pamela Devereaux
Silvana Gallardo Silvana Gallardo ... Conchita Rivera
Joseph Bologna ... Rico Castelli
Ernie Sabella ... Sam Gropper
Cliff Osmond ... Angelo
Dwier Brown ... Bibi Sutton
Stanley Brock ... 2nd Publisher
Clarence Felder ... Nick Panotis
Hamilton Camp ... Nicky Richards
Hartley Silver Hartley Silver ... Husband
Ralph Clift Ralph Clift ... Customer (as Ralph M. Clift)


A hit song is the inspiration for this movie. In 1948, an aspiring songwriter, Tony, is working as a pianist in a bar; he meets Lola who wants to make it in show business. Tony is immediately smitten with the beautiful woman. At Manhattan's Copacabana lounge, they both start finding fame. However, fate steps in and she is swept to Havana to work in a splashy night club act where she is convinced she will find her stardom. Instead she finds Rico, a suave gangster who manages the club. Written by John Sacksteder <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

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Release Date:

3 December 1985 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Barry Manilow's Copacabana See more »

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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


During a late 1985 appearance on "The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson", shortly before the movie aired on TV, Manilow actually revealed the ending to the movie, leading much of the audience to groan. However, he mistakenly thought they groaned not because he revealed the ending, but because of what actually happened to his character at the end, leading Manilow to comment, "It's only a movie." See more »


Tony Starr: [Improving a musical arrangement for Lola] We'll change the keys! That always works.
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Big City Blues
Music by Barry Manilow
Lyric by Adrienne Anderson
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Embarrassingly bad
30 July 2006 | by doug-336See all my reviews

Who knew that the man who wrote the songs can't act. Barry Manilow has always been a showman, yet somehow playing a showman (even an up and coming one) is beyond him. His acting is stiff...so stiff that when he is shot at the end (this is not a spoiler, you've HEARD the song, there is no more plot to this fiasco than what you get in the song) he looks more like a redwood toppling to the floor than a human. If a Manilow falls in the movie and nobody watches it, what is the sound of no fans clapping. Add to that the awful makeup that "ages" Lola at the beginning and end of the movie, and you have a totally miss-able film. So why not a 1 vote? There was enough that I actually made it to the end of the film. It might be worth it to you for the badness, but the only entertainment value is making fun of this with your friends.

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