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That'll Be the Day (1973)

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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 ... See full summary »

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Nominated for 2 BAFTA Film Awards. See more awards »
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Cast

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David Essex ...
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Mike
Rosemary Leach ...
Mrs. MacLaine
James Booth ...
Mr. MacLaine
Billy Fury ...
Stormy Tempest
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Rosalind Ayres ...
Brenda Bruce ...
Doreen
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Terry
Verna Harvey ...
Wendy
James Ottaway ...
Granddad
Deborah Watling ...
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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Drama | Music

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14 January 1974 (Sweden)  »

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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 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 »

Quotes

Mike: You'll like Bath... better class of fuck in Bath.
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References The Duke Wore Jeans (1958) See more »

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Why Do Fools Fall In Love
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Written by George Goldner and Frankie Lymon
Performed by Frankie Lymon
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10 June 2003 | by (England) – See all my reviews

Striving hard for the authentic feel of the late 1950s scene in working class England and the realistic films of the period That'll be the day is unfortunately weighed down by the double burden of an unimaginative script and David Essex. He tries to be deep and meaningful but emerges as a tedious bore. The eyes of his fellow actors seem to glaze over whenever he recites his lines and because his character and performance are so lifeless you are left with the overwhelming desire to give him a good slap. The one redeeming thing about this whole misguided venture is that - much like during his recording career - he does hardly any real singing. Dull.


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