The tune-filled story of star-crossed lovers Tony and Lola comes to life in this delightful musical. Bringing his hit song to life, Barry Manilow stars as Tony, a struggling young pianist/composer at New York's famous Co... more »pacabana nightclub who falls for beautiful showgirl Lola ("Smallville's" Annette O'Toole). Love is in the air, but smarmy rival nighclub owner Rico (Joseph Bologna) offers Lola a shot at the big time performing in Havana. When heartbroken Tony learns that Rico's intentions are not exactly honorable, chaos ensues! An irresistible combination of Manilow's infectious melodies, splashy song and dance numbers, and glitzy costumes, "Copacabana" is a delirious musical romp the whole family will enjoy!« less
"I have been waiting for this in ANY format since it first aired on TV in 1985. I wondered how Barry as an actor would be, but found myself so caught up in the story, I forgot to critique his performance! He tugs at my heartstrings when he stands in a darkened street and sings "Who Needs To Dream". His energy, vitality and charisma shine in "Sweet Heaven I'm In Love Again" and in "Copacabana". I loved Lola, sprawled on the piano, singing "Man Wanted".
As I've discovered over the years, Barry LIVE doing ANYTHING enervates me, has me singing along, and jumping up to dance! You can't go wrong buying this DVD!"
violet17 | Orlando, FL | 08/20/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This movie is great. This movie was broadcast on CBS originally in December 1985. Barry,Bruce and Jack outdid themselves on the songs and score. This movie runs a gambit of emotions. It is set in the 40's right after WWII. Two people meet,begin to fall in love, then interrupted by a third party. Lots of drama, action, romance and you never know what will happen next. A must have for any fan of Barry Manilow. This was his first acting experience as Tony and he is terrific. Of course, I am extremely biased. Friends of mine who watched it even though they were not fans, loved it. Who knew that Annette O'Toole could sing? She also is a wonderful dancer. Joseph Bolonga is wonderful as Rico. Great supporting parts done by Ernie Sabella as Mr. Gropper the owner of the Copa and Estelle Getty as Tony's mother."
James Powers | Fredericksburg, VA | 11/24/2003
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Both Barry Manilow and Annette O'Toole do a wonderful acting job. The music is, of course, incredible. The video quality of the DVD is not as great as I would have expected but it's still good. If you're a Barry Manilow fan you will love this DVD, especially Who Needs To Dream and I'm In Love Again."
Copacabana on DVD is Great, but could be so much better!
Robert Welborn | Illinois/Florida | 05/05/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I have wanted this movie for oh so many years!!! Ever since I first saw it on television. I love all the songs! It a cutesy movie with a thin plot, but the music is what Barry is known for and it will have you humming along! I wish there would have been some special features on this DVd version....it is pretty bare, but after waiting all these years, I AM VERY HAPPY WITH IT!!! Buy this one, you won't regret it!"
At the Copa! Copacabana! the Hottest Spot North of Havana!
Beth | FL, USA | 04/13/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Every Barry fan should have this movie with their fan collection & memorabilia! Barry gave a wonderful performance in this movie as "Tony Starr". I enjoyed his sense of humor when Barry("Tony")said, "Riley, Stern, & Starr ... sounds like a lawfirm" - haha!
It's a wonderful movie but I have to admit that I avoid watching
the ending of this movie cause it's terribly sad. I only go as far watching the movie of the part when Tony rescues Lola, takes her back to New York with him & marries her. After the wedding scene, I don't watch the rest of the movie cause Rico should've been the one to have gotten killed by that gunshot, not Tony!!"