American Hot Wax (1978)

PG 03/17/1978 (US) DramaHistoryMusic 1h 31m

1959. New York City. The battleground was Rock and Roll. It was the beginning of an era. You shoulda been there.


This is the story loosely based on Cleveland disc jockey Alan Freed, who introduced rock'n'roll to teenage American radio audiences in the 1950s. Freed was a source of great controversy: criticized by conservatives for corrupting youth with the "devil's music"; hated by racists for promoting African American music for white consumption; persecuted by law enforcement officials and finally brought down by the "payola" scandals.

  1. Floyd Mutrux


  2. John Kaye


Top Billed Cast

  1. Tim McIntire

    Tim McIntire

    Alan Freed

  2. Fran Drescher

    Fran Drescher


  3. Jay Leno

    Jay Leno


  4. Laraine Newman

    Laraine Newman

    Teenage Louise

  5. Carl Weaver

    Member of The Chesterfields

  6. Al Chalk

    Al Chalk

    Member of The Chesterfields

  7. Sam Harkness

    Member of The Chesterfields

  8. Arnold McCuller

    Arnold McCuller

    Member of The Chesterfields

  9. Jeff Altman

    Jeff Altman

    Lennie Richfield

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American Hot Wax
American Hot Wax

Status Released

Original Language English

Budget -

Revenue $11,000,000.00


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