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Stardust (1974)

R | | Drama, Music | 27 October 1974 (UK)
The rise and fall of the rock singer Jim Maclaine, in the mid 60s, with his manager, Mike, and his group, "The Stray Cats."

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Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 2 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »
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The rise and fall of the rock singer Jim Maclaine, in the mid 60s, with his manager, Mike, and his group, "The Stray Cats."

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This is not a movie about Paul McCartney, John Lennon, George Harrison, Mick Jagger, Jim Morrison, Bob Dylan, Jimi Hendrix or Janis Joplin. It's only a story but it could be the story of all of them. See more »

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Drama | Music

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27 October 1974 (UK)  »

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Csillagpor  »

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(35 mm magnetic prints)| (35 mm optical prints)

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Trivia

Martin Balsam was first choice for the role of Porter Lee Austin. See more »

Goofs

In the first concert scene at the Warehouse Club, set in 1964, the Stray Cats use a WEM public address system, but these were not developed until 1966. See more »

Quotes

Jim Maclaine: I remember you from New York.
TV Interviewer: It was nice of you to remember.
Jim Maclaine: I forgot to forget.
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Crazy Credits

The male dancers ( extras )in the dance hall scene, dancing to "the tits and bums" were supplied by the Army Apprentices College,Harrogate, Yorkshire, UK. In particular John HICKMAN, Peter COSSON and Neil TURNER. See more »

Connections

Referenced in High Hopes: Stardust (2003) See more »

Soundtracks

You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'
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Written by Phil Spector, Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil
Music Directed by John Scott as Johnny Scott
Performed by The Righteous Brothers
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A true gem
24 February 2001 | by See all my reviews

Stardust starts off beautifully. Jim McLaine (David Essex) is working at a carnival in England where business is slow that night, as it is Nov. 22, 1963. In the background is Neil Sedaka singing "Happy Birthday Sweet Sixteen". McLaine meets an old mate (Adam Faith) and tells him the little rock and roll band he's in needs a road manager. Faith sees opportunity and moulds the band known as the Stray Cats into a vehicle for Jim McLaine. There are so many great and true to life moments in this movie, the early recording sessions, Faith's behind the scenes manoeuvering, Larry Hagman arriving when the Stray Cats make it big to muscle in on things, and Jim McLaine's typical 1960's rock and roll odyssey. Essex and Faith are excellent (who says rockers can't act?) and it's a still relevent look at the "star maker machinery behind the popular songs". This picture is a sequel to That'll Be the Day, which is more about McLaine's coming of age in early 60's England, that is a great movie in it's own right, but the two can be watched independently of each other. Very highly recommended. Oh yes, the ending is as well directed, dramatic and atmospheric as the beginning. Great job Michael Apted!


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