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Jersey Boys

It's been a while since I have seen a Clint Eastwood directed movie so I thought I would give Jersey Boys a try.

I barely remember many of the Four Season's songs. I just remember them playing on the radio when I was very young. At the time I probably didn't even know who they were.

The story line was rather slow at the beginning but got better farther into the movie. I particularly liked the ending street scene that was done.

Who can forget Frankie Valli's voice in many of the songs.

Over all it was a good movie. Probably worth having in my collection after it is released on DVD.
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Thanks for the review. I love musical theater but haven't seen the stage version of Jersey Boys. On top of that I have high regard for Clint Eastwood's talent as a director. Nevertheless, I have decided not to see the film in the theater because of all the tepid reviews it has received and also because the music genre represented is not among my favorites. I will definitely rent the BD when it becomes available, though. I am hoping that the musical will show up on the schedule of a national touring company series I subscribe to here. Alas, it's not on next season's schedule but maybe the year after that.
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Thanks for the review. I love musical theater but haven't seen the stage version of Jersey Boys. On top of that I have high regard for Clint Eastwood's talent as a director. Nevertheless, I have decided not to see the film in the theater because of all the tepid reviews it has received and also because the music genre represented is not among my favorites. I will definitely rent the BD when it becomes available, though. I am hoping that the musical will show up on the schedule of a national touring company series I subscribe to here. Alas, it's not on next season's schedule but maybe the year after that.
The only what I call musical theater part was the ending scene.

I did see one possible blooper in the movie. I don't recall who was driving the car and they dropped Frankie Valli off where he lived and he gets out and right next to the house next door were modern day A/C condenser coils.
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I have many very fond memories of the Four Seasons, and a lot of their songs are among my all time favorites. I did see Jersey Boys in the theater. What really amazed me was after the show all the people lining up to buy the soundtrack! Why not just get the originals!!!!!

Anyway, the play was fair, and despite my high regard for Clint Eastwood I have no interest in seeing the movie.

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I saw the national touring production of Jersey Boys in Charlotte last year (or the year before, maybe). I highly recommend it if you have a chance. It was a lot of fun, and typical for stage musicals in that every dramatic scene led organically into a song number. It's not really "cinematic" to do that with a movie version, and from what I've heard, Eastwood tried to do a nearly scene-by-scene adaptation of the musical.

I don't see a compelling reason to see this movie in the theaters. I'll wait for the BD and watch in my HT.
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What really amazed me was after the show all the people lining up to buy the soundtrack! Why not just get the originals!!!!!
Agree! I love Frankie & the boys, and will probably check this out when it hits home-vid. They were pretty hip dudes for their time.

Previously posted these in the disco thread (because they came out around that era of the 70's), but I think some of you might enjoy checkin these out.


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The 4 Seasons came out in 1962, not the 70s! I was there!

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I love Frankie Valli and the 4 Seasons but dislike the musical. There was no "soul" in the performance, the musical soundtrack recording is even more "sterile" and "too careful" of a performance.

Maybe I'm just expecting too much from other people emulating Frankie and the boys.

I will give this movie a try though.

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The 4 Seasons came out in 1962, not the 70s! I was there!
Actually, 1960 (according to Wikipedia). I was referring to the release of the above tracks though, which are both from the 1975 album Who Loves You.

I wasn't there btw, but also like many of their early "doo-wop" inspired tunes from the 60's as well.

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Actually, 1960 (according to Wikipedia). I was referring to the release of the above tracks though, which are both from the 1975 album Who Loves You.

I wasn't there btw, but also like many of their early "doo-wop" inspired tunes from the 60's as well.
But as your reference shows, nobody heard of them until Sherry in 1962, then everybody heard of them....

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I found this to be very enjoyable and eye-opening. I guess, to a certain extent, we all think touring and being in a band would be a really cool thing to do. As a big fan of Frankie Valli and 4 Seasons in the 60s, I was really surprised to learn of their ties to the mafia and the struggles they went through. By the time the movie was over I truly detested Tommy DeVito. I'll say what I said to my wife after the movie - "Tommy was a f**k." Frankie was forever grateful to Tommy for giving him his start, thus doing what he did, but the financial position that Tommy put the band in was unconscionable. If you were a fan of the band this is a must see.
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I saw the live musical on their national tour a few years ago. It was very good. Looking forward to catching this on BD.
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