The Fabulous Allan Carr

8.61 h 30 min2018ALL
Allan Carr built his bombastic reputation producing the hit movie "Grease" and Broadway sensation "La Cage Aux Folles," but it all came crashing down after he conceived the notorious 1989 Academy Awards.
Jeffrey Schwarz
Maxwell CaulfieldSteve GuttenbergLorna Luft
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Michael MustoConnie StevensMarlo ThomasBruce Vilanch
John BoccardoJeffrey Schwarz
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TV ViewerReviewed in the United States on December 5, 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
Fascinating Behind-the -Scenes Showbiz Documentary
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Although most are not familiar with the overweight, gay deceased producer Allan Carr, this documentary offers fascinating insight on the projects he worked on during his career, focusing mainly on:

1. Allan managing Ann-Margret's career in the late 60's, early 70's

2. Launching Marlo Thomas' career (Marlo is interviewed)

3. Producing the iconic 1978 blockbuster "Grease"

4. Producing the notorious clunker bomb "Can't Stop the Music" (stars Valerie Perrine and Steve Guttenberg are interviewed and say that Nancy Walker, of "Rhoda", was a totally incompetent director. They also explain how Valerie Perrine was actually the 4th choice for the role.)

5. Producing "Grease 2" (Stars Maxwell Caufield and Connie Stevens are interviewed)

6. Producing "Where the Boys Are '84"

7. Producing "La Cage Aux Folles" on Broadway in 1983

8. Producing the infamous 1989 Oscars, which featured the Snow White opening number (Eileen Bowman, who played Snow White, is interviewed)

9. His life as a gay man in the 1970's and 1980's, and his constant struggle with his weight, leading to his death in 1999 at age 62

...Also the dvd featured a full hour of additional unused interview footage, much of which is fascinating! Including Lorna Luft telling how she was the original choice to do the Snow White number, but after her sister Liza Minelli told her to decline the offer, Allan told her off... Also writer Paul Rudnick talks about Allan's attempts to get him to work on "Where the Boys Are '84" and Allan's cocaine problem.

Anyone who loves behind-the-scenes showbiz stories will LOVE THIS DOCUMENTARY!! My only (slight) criticism is that Ann-Marget and Angie Dickinson should've been interviewed, since both women are mentioned often, and were clearly good friends of Allan.... and lastly the documentary oddly never even mentions that he produced the 1984 hit kids movie "Cloak and Dagger"- presumably because it doesn't fit the notion that Allan only produced fabulous extravaganzas that mainly appealed to gays.
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Ch.Reviewed in the United States on March 23, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
3 Syllables: FAB.U.LOUS.
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Great doc. When I was a kid in the 70s, I heard the name Allan Carr. I might have seen him on the Mike Douglass Show or on Merv. But I probably didn't grasp who he was. What a career this guy had! The highs and the lows. A Hollywood life. His wanting to re-store classic Hollywood glamour to his events in the 70s and 80s is especially interesting to me. He had a knack, but sometimes the execution was a tad off the mark. But, what a life! The best parts of the doc for me were the interview clips of the man himself. You get hear the bravado, the insecurity, the humor, the fabulosity.
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JenniferReviewed in the United States on January 5, 2020
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It was interesting to see his life's journey and remember the things he helped produce. As for grease 2 - I thought while it didn't do well in the box office it was popular once it hit HBO etc. I remember when it went on to HBO, as a kid, everyone I knew had seen the movie and knew the songs. While it was cheesy it was a fun movie. I recommend watching this documentary
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B. G. MeadowsReviewed in the United States on November 24, 2018
4.0 out of 5 stars
"Fabulous," no. Driven, motivated, highly productive, yes.
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I always cringe a bit whenever I hear a man referred to as "fabulous." The word "fabulous" is rather superficial and ephemeral. I think it a bit dismissive of Allan Carr's energy, motivation, and productivity. My goodness! He was non-stop. Admittedly, like anyone, he has his flops along the way, but his successes far outweigh them. Thoroughly enjoyable documentary with a lot of insightful and substantive info about Allan Carr.
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michelleReviewed in the United States on April 11, 2019
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i wondered how long the "oscar goes to line" has been used now the reviews that 89 awards show got are irrelevant because of the things allan carr made permanent fixtures in the academy awards show. i for whatever reason thought of the failed football leagues xfl and usfl how they both got bashed for whatever reason at some point but in hindsight we cant ignore the things the nfl uses today that those leagues used first
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Aanel VictoriaReviewed in the United States on October 20, 2020
4.0 out of 5 stars
Very enjoyable and entertaining show-biz biography
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This is well worth watching even if you don't know anything about Allan Carr.

The story sweeps you up and takes you along with it, through the ups, downs, and dreams of a flamboyant theater and film producer with big dreams and stars in his eyes.
StephenReviewed in the United States on July 11, 2020
2.0 out of 5 stars
Another documentary of Hollywood stardom and their...
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... norrisisms, substance abuses, sexual exploits and... the hidden insecurities that kept them captive into their dark lives which ultimately gives birth to their genuine creativity and shine bigger than life to themselves and to their public.
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A. Film LoverReviewed in the United States on July 5, 2019
3.0 out of 5 stars
Okay documentary about a larger-than-life person
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Always happy to see Bruce Vilanch, and the other interviewees are all fun, but in the end what do we know that we didn't already know? It's a surface look at a complicated person who clearly did not know good from bad - there's no other way to explain Can't Stop the Music and Where the Boys Are and his grotesque Oscar show.
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