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  • Summary: Doc Pomus was the most unlikely of rock & roll icons. Paralyzed with polio as a child, Brooklyn-born Jerome Felder reinvented himself first as a blues singer, renaming himself Doc Pomus, then as a songwriter, creating some of the greatest hits of the early rock and roll era: "Save the LastDoc Pomus was the most unlikely of rock & roll icons. Paralyzed with polio as a child, Brooklyn-born Jerome Felder reinvented himself first as a blues singer, renaming himself Doc Pomus, then as a songwriter, creating some of the greatest hits of the early rock and roll era: "Save the Last Dance for Me," "This Magic Moment," "A Teenager in Love," "Viva Las Vegas," and a thousand others. Doc used crutches and a wheelchair. He lived life fully, if not always happily or easily. A.K.A. Doc Pomus brings to life Doc's joyous, heartbreaking, romantic, and extraordinarily eventful journey. Collapse
  • Director: Peter Miller and William Hechter
  • Genre(s): Biography, Music, Documentary
  • Rating: Not Rated
  • Runtime: 98 min
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  1. Positive: 5 out of 5
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  1. Reviewed by: Kenneth Turan
    Oct 10, 2013
    90
    Expertly put together by editor Amy Linton, AKA Doc Pomus uses its wealth of material to create the sense of a man with a genius for putting undistilled emotion into his songs.
  2. Reviewed by: Alan Scherstuhl
    Oct 1, 2013
    90
    Even if you know this history already, A.K.A. Doc Pomus is vital and endearing, a celebration of a great artist, a great character, and the universality of great pop.
  3. Reviewed by: Sophie Harris
    Oct 1, 2013
    80
    William Hechter and Peter Miller’s documentary explores an artistic life well lived, combining interviews (Leiber & Stoller, Jimmy Scott, Ben E. King) and footage of the man at work beside kindred spirits like Dr. John, to construct a moving, un-mawkish portrait of a songwriting icon.
  4. Reviewed by: Nicolas Rapold
    Oct 3, 2013
    80
    This static documentary portrait relies on the usual panning over photos and tag-team interviews, but the format, like the radio length of a song, doesn’t get in the way of its subject’s heart.
  5. Reviewed by: Ronnie Scheib
    Oct 6, 2013
    70
    [A] deft assemblage of homemovies, work tapes and interviews is further invigorated by 1980s interviews with Pomus and a dynamite soundtrack of his rock ‘n’ roll perennials.
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