Little Richard

Richard Wayne Penniman (December 5, 1932 - May 9, 2020), better known as Little Richard, was a flamboyant and groundbreaking American singer, songwriter and musician. Little Richard was a pioneering influence on the birth of Rock 'n' Roll.

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Down and Out in Beverly Hills (1986)

Beverly Hills couple Barbara and Dave Whiteman find their lives altered by the arrival of a vagrant who tries to drown himself in their swimming pool.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Paul Mazursky
CAST:  Nick Nolte  •  Bette Midler  •  Richard Dreyfuss  •  Little Richard

Beverly Hills couple Barbara and Dave Whiteman find their lives altered by the arrival of a vagrant who tries to drown himself in their swimming pool.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Paul Mazursky
CAST:  Nick Nolte  •  Bette Midler  •  Richard Dreyfuss  •  Little Richard

Last Action Hero (1993)

Following the death of his father, young Danny Madigan takes comfort in watching action movies featuring the indestructible Los Angeles cop Jack Slater. After being given a magic ticket by theater manager Nick, Danny is sucked into the screen and bonds with Slater. ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  John McTiernan
CAST:  Arnold Schwarzenegger  •  Austin O'Brien  •  Charles Dance  •  F. Murray Abraham

Following the death of his father, young Danny Madigan takes comfort in watching action movies featuring the indestructible Los Angeles cop Jack Slater. After being given a magic ticket by theater manager Nick, Danny is sucked into the screen and bonds with Slater. ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  John McTiernan
CAST:  Arnold Schwarzenegger  •  Austin O'Brien  •  Charles Dance  •  F. Murray Abraham

The Girl Can't Help It (1956)

A down-and-out gangster hires an alcoholic press agent to make his blonde bombshell girlfriend a recording star in 6 weeks. But what is he going to do when he finds out that she has no talent? And what is going to happen when the two fall in love?  (more)

DIRECTION:  Frank Tashlin
CAST:  Jayne Mansfield  •  Tom Ewell  •  Edmond O'Brien  •  Julie London

A down-and-out gangster hires an alcoholic press agent to make his blonde bombshell girlfriend a recording star in 6 weeks. But what is he going to do when he finds out that she has no talent? And what is going to happen when the two fall in love?  (more)

DIRECTION:  Frank Tashlin
CAST:  Jayne Mansfield  •  Tom Ewell  •  Edmond O'Brien  •  Julie London

Why Do Fools Fall In Love (1998)

In the mid-80s, three women (each with an attorney) arrive at the office of New York entertainment manager, Morris Levy. One is an L.A. singer, formerly of the Platters; one is a petty thief from Philly; one teaches school in a small Georgia town. Each claims to be ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Gregory Nava
CAST:  Vivica A. Fox  •  Lela Rochon  •  Halle Berry  •  Larenz Tate

In the mid-80s, three women (each with an attorney) arrive at the office of New York entertainment manager, Morris Levy. One is an L.A. singer, formerly of the Platters; one is a petty thief from Philly; one teaches school in a small Georgia town. Each claims to be ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Gregory Nava
CAST:  Vivica A. Fox  •  Lela Rochon  •  Halle Berry  •  Larenz Tate

Chairman of the Board (1998)

A surfer becomes the head of a major company.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Alex Zamm
CAST:  Carrot Top  •  Courtney Thorne-Smith  •  Larry Miller  •  Jack Warden

A surfer becomes the head of a major company.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Alex Zamm
CAST:  Carrot Top  •  Courtney Thorne-Smith  •  Larry Miller  •  Jack Warden

Don't Knock The Rock (1956)

Rock-and-roller Arnie Haynes returns to his hometown as a hero to the teenagers. However, the mayor and other concerned adults have banned him from performing in his hometown because they consider him and his music a negative influence on the youth. But with the ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Fred F. Sears
CAST:  Alan Freed  •  Little Richard  •  Bill Haley  •  Patricia Hardy

Rock-and-roller Arnie Haynes returns to his hometown as a hero to the teenagers. However, the mayor and other concerned adults have banned him from performing in his hometown because they consider him and his music a negative influence on the youth. But with the ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Fred F. Sears
CAST:  Alan Freed  •  Little Richard  •  Bill Haley  •  Patricia Hardy

Mystery, Alaska (1999)

In Mystery, Alaska, life revolves around the legendary Saturday hockey game at the local pond. But everything changes when the hometown team unexpectedly gets booked in an exhibition match against the New York Rangers. When quirky small-towners, slick promoters and ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jay Roach
CAST:  Russell Crowe  •  Hank Azaria  •  Mary McCormack  •  Burt Reynolds

In Mystery, Alaska, life revolves around the legendary Saturday hockey game at the local pond. But everything changes when the hometown team unexpectedly gets booked in an exhibition match against the New York Rangers. When quirky small-towners, slick promoters and ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jay Roach
CAST:  Russell Crowe  •  Hank Azaria  •  Mary McCormack  •  Burt Reynolds

The Late Shift (1996)

David Letterman vies with Jay Leno and his manager to succeed Johnny Carson, retiring from "The Tonight Show."  (more)

DIRECTION:  Betty Thomas
CAST:  Kathy Bates  •  John Michael Higgins  •  Daniel Roebuck  •  Bob Balaban

David Letterman vies with Jay Leno and his manager to succeed Johnny Carson, retiring from "The Tonight Show."  (more)

DIRECTION:  Betty Thomas
CAST:  Kathy Bates  •  John Michael Higgins  •  Daniel Roebuck  •  Bob Balaban

Let the Good Times Roll (1973)

Documentary of a 1950s rock and roll revival show, with split-screen editing to rival Woodstock.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Robert Abel  •  Sidney Levin
CAST:  Chuck Berry  •  Little Richard  •  Fats Domino  •  Bo Diddley

Documentary of a 1950s rock and roll revival show, with split-screen editing to rival Woodstock.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Robert Abel  •  Sidney Levin
CAST:  Chuck Berry  •  Little Richard  •  Fats Domino  •  Bo Diddley

Little Richard: Keep on Rockin' (1973)

Keep On Rockin', aka Little Richard: Keep On Rockin' (USA video title) is a film of a 1969 Little Richard concert at the Sweet Toronto Peace Festival, originally released in 1970. Richard performs a number of his greatest hits, including "Good Golly Miss Molly," ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  D. A. Pennebaker
CAST:  Little Richard

Keep On Rockin', aka Little Richard: Keep On Rockin' (USA video title) is a film of a 1969 Little Richard concert at the Sweet Toronto Peace Festival, originally released in 1970. Richard performs a number of his greatest hits, including "Good Golly Miss Molly," ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  D. A. Pennebaker
CAST:  Little Richard

Mister Rock and Roll (1957)

Alan Freed is "Mr. Rock and Roll" as he sets out to prove that rock 'n' roll doesn't cause juvenile delinquency. Terrific original rock 'n' roll legends perform their classics!  (more)

DIRECTION:  Charles S. Dubin
CAST:  Alan Freed  •  Teddy Randazzo  •  Lois O'Brien  •  Rocky Graziano

Alan Freed is "Mr. Rock and Roll" as he sets out to prove that rock 'n' roll doesn't cause juvenile delinquency. Terrific original rock 'n' roll legends perform their classics!  (more)

DIRECTION:  Charles S. Dubin
CAST:  Alan Freed  •  Teddy Randazzo  •  Lois O'Brien  •  Rocky Graziano

Sunset Heat (1992)

A former drug-dealer photojournalist (Michael Paré) returns to Los Angeles and helps friends terrorized by his ex-partner (Dennis Hopper).  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Nicolella
CAST:  Michael Paré  •  Adam Ant  •  Dennis Hopper  •  Daphne Ashbrook

A former drug-dealer photojournalist (Michael Paré) returns to Los Angeles and helps friends terrorized by his ex-partner (Dennis Hopper).  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Nicolella
CAST:  Michael Paré  •  Adam Ant  •  Dennis Hopper  •  Daphne Ashbrook

John & Yoko's Year of Peace (2000)

The year: 1969. Headlines blare war and civil unrest while John Lennon and Yoko Ono are in love. The eccentic rock 'n' roll couple has just gotten married, and more than happy to be together, they want to change the world. Lying in a hotel bed surrounded by ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Paul McGrath
CAST:  Laurie Brown  •  John Lennon  •  Yōko Ono  •  Pierre Elliott Trudeau

The year: 1969. Headlines blare war and civil unrest while John Lennon and Yoko Ono are in love. The eccentic rock 'n' roll couple has just gotten married, and more than happy to be together, they want to change the world. Lying in a hotel bed surrounded by ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Paul McGrath
CAST:  Laurie Brown  •  John Lennon  •  Yōko Ono  •  Pierre Elliott Trudeau

Christmas from Hollywood (2003)

Dozens of stars--including Arnold Schwarzeneggar, Bob Hope, and more--demonstrate how the yuletide season is celebrated in the perpetually warm and sunny world of Hollywood, California.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Phillip Dye
CAST:  Arnold Schwarzenegger  •  Charlton Heston  •  Joan Collins  •  Jane Seymour

Dozens of stars--including Arnold Schwarzeneggar, Bob Hope, and more--demonstrate how the yuletide season is celebrated in the perpetually warm and sunny world of Hollywood, California.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Phillip Dye
CAST:  Arnold Schwarzenegger  •  Charlton Heston  •  Joan Collins  •  Jane Seymour

The Little Richard Story (1980)

Klein goes on the hunt for Little Richard, the legendary ‘Architect of Rock and Roll’, who quit show business in 1957 at the height of his fame to become an evangelist. Richard was then lured back to secular music in the 1960s and 70s, but the excesses of stardom ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  William Klein
CAST:  Little Richard

Klein goes on the hunt for Little Richard, the legendary ‘Architect of Rock and Roll’, who quit show business in 1957 at the height of his fame to become an evangelist. Richard was then lured back to secular music in the 1960s and 70s, but the excesses of stardom ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  William Klein
CAST:  Little Richard

The Pickle (1993)

Harry Stone always dreamed of making "The Great American Movie." Instead he made The Pickle - a teenage sci-fi flick about a flying cucumber. Harry just wanted to get out of debt; now everyone he's ever known, loved and neglected is standing in line for tickets.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Paul Mazursky
CAST:  Danny Aiello  •  Dyan Cannon  •  Clotilde Courau  •  Shelley Winters

Harry Stone always dreamed of making "The Great American Movie." Instead he made The Pickle - a teenage sci-fi flick about a flying cucumber. Harry just wanted to get out of debt; now everyone he's ever known, loved and neglected is standing in line for tickets.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Paul Mazursky
CAST:  Danny Aiello  •  Dyan Cannon  •  Clotilde Courau  •  Shelley Winters

The London Rock and Roll Show (1973)

Filmed record of a major rock and roll festival held at Wembley Stadium, London, in August 1972. London Rock and Roll Show begins with excerpts from numerous "warm-up" performers shown singing either covers of 1950s hits, or original tunes, including a performance ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Peter Clifton
CAST:  Bo Diddley  •  Buddy Holly  •  Jerry Lee Lewis  •  Little Richard

Filmed record of a major rock and roll festival held at Wembley Stadium, London, in August 1972. London Rock and Roll Show begins with excerpts from numerous "warm-up" performers shown singing either covers of 1950s hits, or original tunes, including a performance ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Peter Clifton
CAST:  Bo Diddley  •  Buddy Holly  •  Jerry Lee Lewis  •  Little Richard

Chuck Berry: Hail! Hail! Rock 'n' Roll (1987)

St. Louis, 1986. For Chuck Berry's 60th, Keith Richards assembles a pickup band of Robert Cray, Joey Spampinato, Eric Clapton, himself and long-time Berry pianist, Johnnie Johnson. Joined on stage by Etta James, Linda Ronstadt and Julian Lennon, Berry performs his ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Taylor Hackford
CAST:  Chuck Berry  •  Keith Richards  •  Ingrid Berry  •  Eric Clapton

St. Louis, 1986. For Chuck Berry's 60th, Keith Richards assembles a pickup band of Robert Cray, Joey Spampinato, Eric Clapton, himself and long-time Berry pianist, Johnnie Johnson. Joined on stage by Etta James, Linda Ronstadt and Julian Lennon, Berry performs his ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Taylor Hackford
CAST:  Chuck Berry  •  Keith Richards  •  Ingrid Berry  •  Eric Clapton

Jimi Hendrix (1973)

Made shortly after his death, this documentary explores the brief life and remarkable legacy of guitarist Jimi Hendrix. After finding fame in the U.K., Hendrix brought his act back to the U.S., where his influential playing style left a blazing imprint on a whole ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Joe Boyd  •  Gary Weis  •  John Head
CAST:  Eric Clapton  •  Lou Reed  •  Billy Cox  •  Alan Douglas

Made shortly after his death, this documentary explores the brief life and remarkable legacy of guitarist Jimi Hendrix. After finding fame in the U.K., Hendrix brought his act back to the U.S., where his influential playing style left a blazing imprint on a whole ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Joe Boyd  •  Gary Weis  •  John Head
CAST:  Eric Clapton  •  Lou Reed  •  Billy Cox  •  Alan Douglas

Mother Goose Rock 'n' Rhyme (1990)

Set in the mythical world of Rhymeland, Gordon Goose returns home to discover that his mom has mysteriously vanished. Now the characters of Rhymeland are in danger of disappearing unless Mother Goose returns.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jeff Stein
CAST:  Harry Anderson  •  Cyndi Lauper  •  Brian Bonsall  •  Shelley Duvall

Set in the mythical world of Rhymeland, Gordon Goose returns home to discover that his mom has mysteriously vanished. Now the characters of Rhymeland are in danger of disappearing unless Mother Goose returns.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jeff Stein
CAST:  Harry Anderson  •  Cyndi Lauper  •  Brian Bonsall  •  Shelley Duvall
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