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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
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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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There are two sides to every hit record! See more »

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Drama | Music

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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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Connections

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

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See the Light
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Performed by Earth Wind & Fire
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Good Effort!
29 August 2000 | by (Toronto,Ontario) – See all my reviews

This is an often amusing insider look at the music business. Keitel plays a producer who is saddled with a G-rated group and is expected to make them popular with the public. There are lots of satirical in-jokes about the egos of recording stars, their managers and the people who run the studios. It has a lot of 70s nostalgia value and many of the philosophies spouted by the characters are still en vogue with the music biz today. All in all, a good job by all involved.


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