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Absolute Beginners (1986)

 -  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 ...
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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 music, the movement, the romance, the passion . . . all explodes on the BIG SCREEN. 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 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

When Harry Charms is auditioning young singers with Colin, there is a boom mic visible when Harry and Colin first enter the studio. 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 The Wizard of Oz (1939) See more »

Soundtracks

Quiet Life
Written by Ray Davies
Performed by Ray Davies
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I like this one!
14 May 2004 | by (Langhorne, PA) – See all my reviews

First, I must respectfully disagree with the other reviewer who hated this movie. It has a complex set of plot lines that deal with a number of issues revolving around the lives of a young up-and-coming "pop photographer", and his love interest -- played by Patsy Kensit. Then, there is the "old queen" (also an unscrupulous real estate developer) who marries Patsy. Now, add to that the ad agency aspect (David Bowie's song and dance routine to "Selling Out" is a classic), plus the racial tensions in 1950's or 1960's London, and you have a multi-layered plot tapestry.

Personally, I don't mind that David Bowie is only in the movie for ten minutes -- I am a fan of Bowie, but this is really not "his movie".


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