Vincent Vaccari (Ray Sharkey) is an idol maker, a music promoter and manager who is obsessively driven by his desire to discover the next big act. After transforming Tomaso DeLorusso (Paul Land), a popular saxophone player, into rock 'n' roll sensation "Tommy Dee," Vinnie becomes obsessed with his next big hit, a local busboy named Guido (Peter Gallagher). With a single-minded vision of what Guido needs to become, Vinnie embarks on a destructive journey to control every aspect of his new act's image, a journey that might end up destroying everyone around him.
Directed by Oscar winner Taylor Hackford, The Idolmaker marks the feature film debut for Peter Gallagher (American Beauty, The O.C.) and Joe Pantoliano (The Sopranos, The Matrix), Ray Sharkey (Wiseguy) also stars as rock promoter Vincent Vaccari, a character based on the real life of manager Bob Marcucci, who discovered and promoted several rock 'n' roll stars including Frankie Avalon and Fabian. Sharkey would go on to win the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor in a Musical/Comedy for his performance.