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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 ...
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Doreen
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Terry
Verna Harvey ...
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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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The early Liverpool days of The Quarrymen/ The Beatles served as inspiration for the plot of the film. John Lennon's father also quit the family when Lennon was an early age, much as Jim's father does in this movie. See more »

Goofs

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 »

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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('Till) I Kissed You
Written by Don Everly
Performed by the The Everly Brothers
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Superb film with great performance by Essex
14 June 2003 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

ITV have just shown the Jim Maclaine(David Essex) films of which this is the first and Stardust is the second and as an avid supporter and fan of sixties and seventies British cinema i thought i had to check it out.

It doesn't disappoint with its gritty evocation of a fifties childhood with a lack of a father figure. Jim then turns to the Rock and Roll world when he buys a guitar from a pawn shop at the end. His rise and fall is taken up in Stardust with Adam Faith taking the Ringo Starr role as Mike.

Great, forgotten film with superior performances from Essex and Ringo Starr and a good cameo from Keith Moon and Billy Fury.


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