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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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Nominated for 2 BAFTA Film Awards. See more awards »
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Mr. MacLaine
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Jean
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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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Producer David Puttnam was impressed by Harry Nilsson's song "1941" and asked writer Ray Connolly to create a screenplay based on it. The resulting film resembles the song in all key respects except a funfair substitutes the circus of the song. See more »

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The film is set in 1958. Songs from beyond that year used . They include Runaround Sue (1961),Runaway (1961) and Poetry in Motion. Pete Townshend's song (Long Live Rock) has already been identified. 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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Donna
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Written by Ritchie Valens
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Well crafted and cast, but familiar and obvious...
24 February 2007 | by (las vegas, nv) – See all my reviews

Working-class British lad in 1958 leaves school and hitches a ride into the next town, where he has hopes of becoming a rock star. Extension of the "angry young man" U.K. dramas from the early 1960's, with real-life pop star and Alan Bates-lookalike David Essex in the lead, has some appeal but is full of recycled ingredients: jukebox hits, nostalgic surroundings, boys chasing "birds". The correlation between Essex and his own roaming father (who left his wife and child after returning from service) is made too obvious, and the addition of Ringo Starr in a supporting role is cute but somewhat disconcerting (one of the threads within the film is the perception in late-'50's England that true rock-'n-rollers had to be from America--this before the Beatles rose to prominence). Essex, with his low-key charm and overbite, is quite believable, but neither the script nor the direction offers anything other than a formula. It's both an updating of, and throwback to, the British dramas of Albert Finney and Tom Courtenay, but without fresh subtext it becomes flabby. Released the same year as "American Graffiti", which romanticized this generation, the movie's downbeat tone is alienating--and its anti-hero leanings are unsatisfying. ** from ****


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