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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
Billy Fury ...
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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It is rumoured that Nilsson made a cameo appearance in the film which may have ended up on the cutting room floor. 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 »

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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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That'll Be The Day
Written by Norman Petty, Buddy Holly & Jerry Allison
Sung by Bobby Vee
(End credits, original British release)
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Lifeless
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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