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Waris Hussein


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

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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