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Robert Lipsyte (original story)
Robert Lipsyte (screenplay)
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Release Date:
June 1975 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
Simple truths for the ways of the world. See more »
Plot:
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. | Add synopsis »
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Effective screenplay of the music industry then and now See more (7 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)

Harvey Keitel ... Coleman Buckmaster

Ed Nelson ... Carlton James
Cynthia Bostick ... Velour Page
Bert Parks ... Franklyn Page
Jimmy Boyd ... Gary Page

Michael Dante ... Mike Lemongello

Maurice White ... Early

Earth Wind & Fire ... The Group (as Earth Wind and Fire)
Ron Gorton ... Warren Barfield
Valerie Shepherd ... Ellen
Herb Downer ... Player (as Herb Towner)
Francesca De Sapio ... Amanda (as Francesca Di Sapio)
Charles McGregor ... Mantan (as Charles MacGregor)
Fred Versacci ... Ferrara
Murray Moston ... Buck's Father
Sig Shore ... Norman Shulman (as Mike Richards)
Charles Stepney ... Johnny Lyman (as Chuck Stepney)
Linda Fields ... Annabel Lee
Nick Lapadula ... Al Rapp (as Nick La Padula)
Steve Shore ... The Kid
Frankie Crocker ... Frankie Crocker
Murray the 'K' ... Big John Little
Vi Higgenson ... Wonder Woman
K.C. ... Cab Driver
Dick Stewart ... Mel Cooper
Ramon Feliciano ... Busboy
Aubrey De Souza ... Chauffeur
Jerry Rush ... TV Interviewer
John Powers ... The Greek
We Four Guys ... Skaters
Randy Higgenson ... Skaters
The Roller Rockers ... Skaters
Leonard Smith ... Rollerdome Bouncer
John Haney ... Control Room Engineer
Doris Troy ... Wedding Pianist
Barbara Engel ... James' Secretary
Andrew Blau ... TV Studio Director
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Philip Bailey ... Band Member (uncredited)
Larry Dunn ... Band Member (uncredited)
Johnny Graham ... Band Member (uncredited)
Ralph Johnson ... Band Member (uncredited)
Al McKay ... Band Member (uncredited)
Freddie White ... Band Member (uncredited)

Verdine White ... Band Member (uncredited)
Andrew Woolfolk ... Band Member (uncredited)

Directed by
Sig Shore 
 
Writing credits
Robert Lipsyte (original story)

Robert Lipsyte (screenplay)

Produced by
Phillip Fenty .... associate producer
Ron Gorton .... associate producer
Sig Shore .... producer
 
Cinematography by
Alan Metzger  (as Allan Metzger)
 
Film Editing by
Bruce Witkin  (as Bruce Wittkin)
 
Makeup Department
William Lyon MacKenzie .... makeup artist (as Will McKenzie)
 
Production Management
Jerry W. Kisker .... production manager (as Jerry Kisker)
Bruce Witkin .... post-production supervisor (as Bruce Wittkin)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Steve Shore .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Peter Kunz .... props
Monroe Liebgold .... property man (as Jockey Liebgold)
 
Sound Department
Bill Daly .... sound (as William Daly)
Harriet Fidlow .... sound effects editor: Magnofex (as Harriet Glickstein)
Al Gramaglia .... re-recording mixer: Magno Sound
Samantha Heilwell .... boom operator (as Samantha Heilweil)
Robert Post .... boom operator
Robert Post .... sound mixer
Dan Sable .... sound effects editor: Magnofex
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Michael F. Barrow .... chief gaffer (as Michael Barrow)
Robert Comer .... gaffer (as Bobby Comer)
Michael Daly .... grip assistant
Larry Flynn .... best boy
David Greene .... second assistant camera
Butch Hazel .... grip
'Big John' Marwick .... key grip (as Big John Marwick)
Rick Raphael .... assistant camera
Abe Schrager .... grip (as Abe Shrager)
Lindsay Shore .... still photographer
Ellis St. Rose .... assistant camera
Alan Stensvold .... camera operator (as Alan Stensvolt)
Steven Wolper .... assistant camera (as Steve Wolper)
 
Editorial Department
Sandy Tung .... assistant editor
 
Music Department
Charles Stepney .... associate music producer
Charles Stepney .... music arranger
Maurice White .... music producer
 
Other crew
Howard Levitt .... production assistant
Peter Maloney .... production assistant
Greg Nelson .... production assistant
Valerie Shepherd .... continuity
 

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Also Known As:
"Shining Star" - USA (reissue title)
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Runtime:
100 min
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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.See more »
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6 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
Effective screenplay of the music industry then and now, 21 May 2002
Author: ColemanDerrick from Decatur, Georgia

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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