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That'll Be the Day (1973)

PG | | Drama, Music | 13 May 1973 (UK)
Abandoned by his father at an early age, Jim MacLaine seems to have inherited the old man's restlessness. Despite his apparent intelligence, Jim decides not to take the exams that would ... See full summary »

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Mike
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Mrs. MacLaine
James Booth ...
Mr. MacLaine
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Stormy Tempest
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Rosalind Ayres ...
Brenda Bruce ...
Doreen
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Terry
Verna Harvey ...
Wendy
James Ottaway ...
Granddad
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Sandra
Beth Morris ...
Jean
Daphne Oxenford ...
Mrs. Sutcliffe
Kim Braden ...
Charlotte
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Abandoned by his father at an early age, Jim MacLaine seems to have inherited the old man's restlessness. Despite his apparent intelligence, Jim decides not to take the exams that would pave his way to university. He lives, for a time, a life consisting of dead-end jobs and meaningless sex, before returning home to work in his mother's shop. But still he can't settle down; he begins to think that the life of a pop musician might be the thing for him. Written by George S. Davis <mgeorges@prodigy.net>

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David Essex, whose pop career was just taking off at the time, was still appearing in the stage play "Godspell" - the show that first brought him to public attention. This would explain his slightly anachronistic haircut throughout the film as he was still appearing in the stage show. See more »

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The song, "Long Live Rock" was written by Pete Townshend of The Who and not released until 1972, well after the period of this film. See more »

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Mike: You'll like Bath... better class of fuck in Bath.
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Followed by Stardust (1974) See more »

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It'll Be Me
Written by Jack Clement
Sung by Wishfull Thinking
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Keep rockin' and rollin'! Speaking of which, why isn't the sequel available on DVD?
13 January 2006 | by (Portland, Oregon, USA) – See all my reviews

Probably the best portrayal of the '50s rebel culture has working-class Brit Jim MacLaine (David Essex) with a chip on his shoulder - due to his father abandoning the family - and doesn't care about school; he's into rock 'n' roll. His friend Mike (Ringo Starr) is no more responsible but gets Jim some jobs. But after everything, Jim sees fit only - and I mean ONLY - to play music.

Aside from the fact that this was a really good movie, I should identify that there was a sequel called "Stardust". I've never seen that one, as it's never been released on DVD. WHY NOT?! Considering how good this one was, why can't the latter get released on DVD?!


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