5.5/10
2,374
41 user 20 critic

Absolute Beginners (1986)

PG-13 | | Drama, Fantasy, Musical | 18 April 1986 (USA)
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 »

Director:

Writers:

(based on the novel by), (developed for the screen by) | 4 more credits »
Reviews

On Disc

at Amazon

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Two disgruntled restaurant employees (David Bowie, Rosanna Arquette) decide to rob their employers (Buck Henry, Andre Gregory).

Director: Richard Shepard
Stars: Rosanna Arquette, David Bowie, Eszter Balint
Just a Gigolo (1978)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

After World War I, a war hero returns to Berlin to find that there's no place for him--he has no skills other than what he learned in the army, and can only find menial, low-paying jobs. He decides to become a gigolo to lonely rich women.

Director: David Hemmings
Stars: David Bowie, Sydne Rome, Kim Novak
The Hunger (1983)
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

A love triangle develops between a beautiful yet dangerous vampire, her cellist companion, and a gerontologist.

Director: Tony Scott
Stars: Catherine Deneuve, David Bowie, Susan Sarandon
Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

In 1942 British soldier Jack Celliers comes to a Japanese prison camp. The camp is run by Yonoi, who has a firm belief in discipline, honor and glory. In his view, the allied prisoners are ... See full summary »

Director: Nagisa Ôshima
Stars: David Bowie, Tom Conti, Ryuichi Sakamoto
Short | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
Director: Indrani Pal-Chaudhuri
Stars: David Bowie
Sci-Fi | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Thomas Jerome Newton is a humanoid alien who comes to Earth to get water for his dying planet. He starts a high technology company to get the billions of dollars he needs to build a return ... See full summary »

Director: Nicolas Roeg
Stars: David Bowie, Rip Torn, Candy Clark
Comedy | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Ed Okin's life is somewhat out of control. He can't sleep, his wife betrays him and his job is dull. One night he starts to drive through Los Angeles and he finally ends in the parking ... See full summary »

Director: John Landis
Stars: Jeff Goldblum, Michelle Pfeiffer, Stacey Pickren
Short | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
Director: Floria Sigismondi
Stars: David Bowie, Andreja Pejic, Tilda Swinton
Documentary | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
Director: David Mallet
Stars: David Bowie, Carlos Alomar, Steve Elson
Short | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
Director: Floria Sigismondi
Stars: Megan Neal Bodul, David Bowie, Marion Cotillard
Glass Spider (Video 1988)
Documentary | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

David Bowie's Glass Spider Tour show, held in November 1987 at the Sydney Entertainment Centre, Australia.

Director: David Mallet
Stars: David Bowie, Carlos Alomar, Alan Childs
Documentary | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

In a career chock full of "you've never seen him like this" moments, you've never seen David Bowie as you will in A Reality Tour. The rock legend and his ace band blaze through stunners ... See full summary »

Director: Marcus Viner
Stars: David Bowie, Gerry Leonard, Sterling Campbell
Edit

Cast

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

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>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

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


Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

18 April 1986 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Absolutamente Principiantes  »

Box Office

Gross:

$930,211 (USA)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

(70 mm prints)| (35 mm prints)

Color:

| (Rankcolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

The production, in common with the rest of the British film industry at the time, had severe financial problems. Shooting stopped for several weeks due to lack of funds. See more »

Goofs

Stock sound effect of glass breaking is heard every time a window is broken and thunder stock sound effect is heard each time lightning strikes. 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 ...
See more »

Connections

References Naked City (1958) See more »

Soundtracks

Little Cat (You Never Had It So Good)
Performed by Jonas Hurst
Written by Nick Lowe
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

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.


7 of 8 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Suitable for kids? gumbyman91
Off-the-wall Question. doomsday_freak
Remake please but properly this time! KMitford
dvd adamsplace1981
That trivia information doesn't sound right nxylas
Ray Davies song cookie_boy2000
Discuss Absolute Beginners (1986) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?