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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 ...
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 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

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$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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Volare
Written by Domenico Modugno / Franco Migliacci
Performed by David Bowie
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Brilliant, ambitious film
18 October 2003 | by (St. Louis, MO) – See all my reviews

This film is clearly not for everyone, but it was a major step forward in the evolution of the movie musical, perhaps the first "post-modern" movie musical, looking back to the history of musical film, paying tribute, but also rejecting and replacing many movie musical conventions. It's a brilliant, exciting film, without which we might not have Moulin Rouge today. And even if you don't get it, the music is terrific enough...


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