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That's the Way of the World (1975)

PG | | Drama, Music | June 1975 (USA)
Record executives want a highly-regarded record producer to focus on a white pop act whom they feel has the sound America wants. To keep his creative integrity, Buckmaster carefully begins to fight the system that has made him the respected producer he has become.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Coleman Buckmaster
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Carlton James
Cynthia Bostick ...
Velour Page
Bert Parks ...
Franklyn Page
Jimmy Boyd ...
Gary Page
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Mike Lemongello
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The Group (as Earth Wind and Fire)
Ron Gorton ...
Warren Barfield
Valerie Shepherd ...
Ellen
Herb Downer ...
Player (as Herb Towner)
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Amanda (as Francesca Di Sapio)
Charles McGregor ...
Mantan (as Charles MacGregor)
Fred Versacci ...
Ferrara
Murray Moston ...
Buck's Father
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Record executives want a highly-regarded record producer to focus on a white pop act whom they feel has the sound America wants. To keep his creative integrity, Buckmaster carefully begins to fight the system that has made him the respected producer he has become.

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Simple truths for the ways of the world. See more »

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Ferrara: You know, Buckmaster, you are what's wrong with America today. You're supposed to be an artist. You're supposed to have soul. But you're just a schemer, like them. When the artists of a nation act like politicians, and businessmen, we can expect the decline of greatness.
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Connections

Featured in Dusk to Dawn Drive-In Trash-o-Rama Show Vol. 6 (1999) See more »

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Happy Feelin'
" (uncredited)
Performed by Earth Wind & Fire
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An excellent look into the "music business"
19 April 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I haven't seen this film since it came out in the mid 70s, but I do recall it as being a very realistic portrayal of the music business ( right up there with Paul Simons "One Trick Pony " ..another vastly underrated film IMO )

Harvey Keitel does an excellent job as a producer caught between the music he believes in , and the commercial "tripe" the record company "suits" want him to work with.

Since I spent my entire career in the music business as a composer /arranger /producer, I can really vouch for the verisimilitude this film possesses.

If it should ever come out on DVD uncut, I'd buy it!


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