Hanging on a Star (1978)

Genres - Comedy  |   Run Time - 92 min.  |   Countries - USA  |   MPAA Rating - PG
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The Jeff Martin Band thinks they have what it takes to make it big, but despite great songs and a charismatic lead singer (Lane Caudell), the rock quartet is stuck playing a succession of sleazy dives and bar mitzvahs, going nowhere fast. Enter Katie Ross (Deborah Raffin), an ambitious would-be rock manager who is sure she can break the boys big. After initially resisting, the band is convinced by her persistence (as well as an incident in which she rescues them from a certain stomping at the hands of angry bikers) and Katie gets to work, following some leads she has in the industry thanks to her father, a retired showbiz promoter. She manages to sell powerful booking agent Gordon Shep (Wolfman Jack) on the talents of the Jeff Martin Band, and he promises the group a big show at the Greek (where only "superstars" play) by the end of the summer. Things get easier as the months progress, the group's popularity soars and Katie and Jeff find love in each other's arms. Unfortunately, when the Greek cancels their big gig, the band falls despondent and Jeff disappears. Katie convinces the theatre to reconsider, but it takes a trip to Mexico and a wild helicopter ride to get everyone on-stage at the same time.

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music-business, friendship, music, rock-music, songwriter, stars [celebrities]