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Waris Hussein

Copacabana

An Emmy award-winning film about doomed love, starring Barry Manilow.

Image from Copacabana

Dick Clark Productions-CBS 1985
Dir Waris Hussein
With Barry Manilow, Annette O’Toole, Joseph Bologna
120min
35mm

For his imaginative direction of this musical based on the famous song, Hussein was awarded an Emmy. In a rare acting role, Manilow plays Tony, working as a pianist in Manhattan’s Copacabana Lounge when he meets Lola. Tony is immediately smitten but fate steps in and she’s swept off to Havana, seeking stardom. Instead she finds Rico, a suave gangster who manages the club, but ‘exactly who shot who?’

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