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The Hard Part Begins (1973)

Jim King is a struggling country singer whose life if falling apart. His partner left him to pursue a solo career, his son is out of control and his ex-wife hates his guts and can't wait to see him fail. Life on the road is no fairytale.

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(as John Clifton Hunter)
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Jim King
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Jenny Frame
Paul Bradley ...
Duane Eccles
Linda Sorensen ...
Alice Neely
Robert Hawkins ...
Lou Roxton
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Al Dawson
Leslie Carlson ...
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Cliff Carroll ...
Cliff
Hugh Curry ...
Justin Boyd
David Daniels ...
Marie Fleming ...
Laura's friend
Susan O'Sullivan ...
Bonnie
Vinetta Strombergs ...
Laura
Neil Vipond ...
Hank Riley
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Jim King is a struggling country singer whose life if falling apart. His partner left him to pursue a solo career, his son is out of control and his ex-wife hates his guts and can't wait to see him fail. Life on the road is no fairytale.

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Drama | Romance

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25 October 1973 (Canada)  »

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Weg ohne Ziel  »

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CAD 95,000 (estimated)
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Life on the Road!
19 December 2003 | by (Toronto,Ontario) – See all my reviews

This early 70s effort is about the ups and downs in the life of a country-western singer (Rhodes from Danger Bay) as he travels throughout the country (in this case, small Ontario towns) It's slow moving and cheap looking like many Canadian movies but it does contain a 70s ambiance and is packaged in a more professional way than most Canadian products. The storyline, dealing with Rhodes' relationships with his band mates, groupies, family (which he abandoned years earlier) and various sundry characters he meets up with, is realistic though the tone is somewhat downbeat. The lack of glamor and sunshine depicted here compliments the melancholic nature of Rhodes' character. The late Paul Bradley plays Rhodes' band mate, fellow womanizer and best pal. It's nice to see him in one of his rare lead roles and he adds a certain manic energy to the proceedings. His "Goin' Down the Road" co-star, Doug McGrath, plays a small town lout with a score to settle with Rhodes. McGrath only has a small role here but, like Bradley, also hints at a level of talent he never really got to show. This was the third Bradley-McGrath pairing (the other one being "Wedding in White" in which they again played interesting characters). Actors like these make you wish that Canada had the kind of star system the USA does so as to properly recognize our talent (and keep them from heading south!).


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