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By Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat


Looking for an Echo
Directed by Martin Davidson
USA Home Video 11/00 DVD/VHS Feature Film
R - language

You couldn't ask for a better and more appealing mix of pop music, romance, and family drama than this delightful film produced and directed by Martin Davidson. Vince (Armand Assante), now 49 years old, gave up being lead singer of "Vinnie and the Dreamers" years ago after they had their brief moment in the sun as an a cappella doo-wop group. He tends bar and still joins his buddy Vic Spidero (Joe Grifasi) to play for bar mitzvahs and weddings.

Vince's life is running on empty until he meets Joanne (Diane Venora), a nurse who is one of many looking after Tina (Christy Romano), his fourteen-year-old daughter who has leukemia. Over the past decade since his wife died, he's tried to be both mother and father to the girl. Joanne lifts his spirits and is the moving force behind a surprise celebration for his 50th birthday.

He is happy to see the other two members of his old group, and they decide to spend a weekend together. As they come face to face with their memories of the past, old resentments and tensions that haven't been resolved come to the surface. Equally difficult for Vince is the rise of his son Anthony (Edoardo Ballerini) as a gifted musician and songwriter.

This wonderful film is the third in a series of movies about pop music from Martin Davidson: the first was The Lords of Flatbush (1974) and the second was Eddie and the Cruisers (1983). The music supervised and produced by Kenny Vance is absolutely delightful — a trip down memory lane for all pop music devotees.


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