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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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Coleman Buckmaster
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Carlton James
Cynthia Bostick ...
Velour Page
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Franklyn Page
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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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The only movie featuring Harvey Keitel and Bert Parks. See more »

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Coleman Buckmaster: They're just gonna keep cranking out that same kind of garbage. Right now the idea is to have me produce fast-buck bubblegum shit. Then when they think the drug supplies are loosening up, then they tell me to produce some music for kids to freak out by.
Amanda: You mean, like instant social remedies from the same wonderful people who gave us decadence?
Coleman Buckmaster: Hmmm. I kinda like that.
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Shining Star
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Performed by Earth Wind & Fire
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Effective screenplay of the music industry then and now
21 May 2002 | by (Decatur, Georgia) – See all my reviews

While it has been more than ten years since I have seen That's The Way of The World, I can say that anyone who sees the picture will appreciate it, and its view of the music industry. Harvey Keitel plays a record executive who appreciates the talent of a band played by Earth Wind and Fire. However, the record company is forcing him to promote a white popular act(based primarily on The Carpenters). While Keitel's character stays true to his heart, the overall message of the movie is that popular culture, expressed by music and images, maintains a discriminatory profile of American culture. If you see this movie, realize that it was made before disco became truly popular in the USA.

Another point to mention is that the movie deserves a look, but suffered because it was hard to market. Yes, unfortunately in 1975, American society was still segregated. Black music was marketed to blacks only, while popular music was either rock/heavy metal or melody music. Because white audiences were not as familiar with EWF, they did not care that they were in the picture. On the other hand, this was at the climax of the blaxploitation era, and the soundtrack and appearance of EWF were hyped to black audiences. However, when people saw the film and realized that the group only make brief appearances, they turned away.

My point is that because of the racial attitudes of American culture in 1975, the movie was not appreciated as it should have been. So when you watch it, please do so with an open mind. One of the more refreshing things about it is that it is a drama with more substance than style, and easy to get into without always being reminded that you're watching something from the 1970s.

Charles Stepney, who was involved in the making of the motion picture, was a close associate of Maurice White. He was involved in EWF's music leading into this project.


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