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.