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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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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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Features Horrors of the Black Museum (1959) See more »

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What Did I Say
Written by Ray Charles
Sung by Billy Fury
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One of the best British films of the 1970's
23 March 2001 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

Set in post austerity Britain of the 1950's,this film brings alive the feeling and the vibe of that time vividly to to the screen.David Essex plays( or underplays )the laconic hero Jim Mclean.Jim's a bright boy but stepping on to the career ladder holds no interest for him.Rock'n'roll has broken through and for Jim there's only one vocation in life.To rock'n'roll.

The film perfectly captures the staid,constraint and carefree days of Britain in the 1950's.Along with a great soundtrack Jim makes the break from home and sets out to find his dream.

He finds it a tough world out there but eventually finds work in a holiday camp.Here he meets Mike (brilliantly played by Ringo Starr) who's been there, seen it,done it or so he claims.Mike introduces Jim to the ways of the adult world,so therefore throwing of the constrictions of the social strait-jacket that was '50's Britain.

The strong point of the film is it's realism.Why have I never heard of it's directors' other work? One of the best British films of the 1970's;this is a must see for film fans and rock'n'roll fans alike.It's sequel 'Stardust' which charts Jims rise to fame should not be mentioned in the same breath.


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