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Absolute Beginners (1986)

PG-13  |   |  Drama, Fantasy, Musical  |  18 April 1986 (USA)
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A musical adaptation of Colin MacInnes' novel about life in late 1950s London. Nineteen-year-old photographer Colin is hopelessly in love with model Crepe Suzette, but her relationships are... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Eddie O'Connell ...
Colin, Photographer / Narrator
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Henley of Mayfair, Dressmaker to the Queen
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Arthur, Colin's Dad
Mandy Rice-Davies ...
Flora
Eve Ferret ...
Big Jill
Tony Hippolyte ...
Mr. Cool
Graham Fletcher-Cook ...
Wizard
Joseph McKenna ...
Fabulous Hoplite (as Joe McKenna)
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The Fanatic
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Athene Duncannon (as Sade Adu)
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Ed the Ted (as Tenpole Tudor)
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Flikker
Alan Freeman ...
Call-Me-Cobber
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Storyline

A musical adaptation of Colin MacInnes' novel about life in late 1950s London. Nineteen-year-old photographer Colin is hopelessly in love with model Crepe Suzette, but her relationships are strictly connected with her progress in the fashion world. So Colin gets involved with a pop promoter and tries to crack the big time. Meanwhile, racial tension is brewing in Colin's Notting Hill housing estate... Written by Michael Brooke <michael@everyman.demon.co.uk>

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The Sounds. The Moves. The Style. The Magic. The Musical. See more »


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PG-13 | See all certifications »
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18 April 1986 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Absolutamente Principiantes  »

Box Office

Gross:

$930,211 (USA)
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The character of "Harry Charms" was based on a real-life British manager and impresario of the period, Larry Parnes, who was famous for hiring unknown singers and giving them extravagant stage names (his most famous client was Billy Fury). In 1960 he hired an unknown Liverpool band called The Beatles to accompany one of his lesser stars, Johnny Gentle, on a tour of Scotland, but he decided not to take the Beatles on as clients because he was only interested in handling solo singers, not groups. See more »

Goofs

During the riot scenes, in one shot a double decker bus is on fire. In the next shot, it isn't burning. In the next shot, it is. (During the T.V. announcers speak to the viewing public about the 'race riots'). See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Colin: [narrating] I remember that hot, wonderful summer. When the teenage miracle reached full bloom and everyone in England stopped what they were doing to stare at what had happened. The Soho nights were cool in the heat, with light and music in the streets. And we couldn't believe that this was really coming to us at last. Nobody knew exactly why. But after so many dreary years of bombs and blitz and slow rebuilding; no sugar, no jam, nothing sweet anywhere; with the whole English ...
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Connections

References Naked City (1958) See more »

Soundtracks

Va Va Voom
Written by Gil Evans
Performed by Gil Evans
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Much Better than Expected....
26 November 2003 | by (NYC & Cherry Grove) – See all my reviews

With the great era of musicals long past, it was interesting to see how stylized & clever this little "musical" film really was.

The story line was nil, but then great musicals don't need one, anyway. --Not to say that this was a "great musical", but the music WAS pretty good, and the film's use of thoughtful & colorful sets was stunning.

The camera movement, the scene changes, the hypnotic (almost psychedelic) fades, and the simply dazzling use of color, more than made up for the silly dialog and tripey sub-plots.

All in all, a good looking, well-mounted, and (except for the ending) enjoyable experience. The fast pace of the dream-like musical sequences made this a much better film than I had anticipated seeing.

I rated it 9, -mostly for sets, color, music, costumes, & photography.


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