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Absolute Beginners (1986)

PG-13 | | Drama, Fantasy, Musical | 18 April 1986 (USA)
In 1958 London a young photographer seeks media stardom to keep the love of a beautiful, aspiring fashion designer.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Eddie O'Connell ...
Colin
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Henley of Mayfair
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Arthur
Mandy Rice-Davies ...
Mum
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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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18 April 1986 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Absolutamente Principiantes  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$83,743 (USA) (20 April 1986)

Gross:

$930,211 (USA)
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Although the film was neither a commercial nor critical success, the theme song by David Bowie became one of his most popular 1980s singles in the UK, reaching number two in the charts. It has been described as Bowie's last big international hit, as it was also a top ten hit in Australia, Austria, West Germany, Netherlands, Norway, Sweden and Switzerland, as well as a number one in the Republic of Ireland and a minor hit in the United States. The music video was directed by the film's director Julien Temple, who shot Bowie on location in London for black-and-white scenes reminiscent of a film noir, interspersed with clips from the film. See more »

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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 »

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[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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References The Adventures of Robin Hood (1955) See more »

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Absolute Beginners
Performed and composed by David Bowie
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A great journey through London
6 September 2003 | by (Premiere Video (Dallas, Tx)) – See all my reviews

A fun musical with a lot of energy and great acting, 'Absolute Beginners' will win a place in your heart. This is the sharpest I've seen Bowie in a film, and Patsy Kensit was beautiful as Suzette. A political piece as well as a time piece, Temple captured the feel of a Broadway or West End musical perfectly. A great turnaround for Temple, who really had me worried after directing 'Mantrap'. It is a musical, so liberties have to be allowed, but for fans of the musical this is a great one to check out. Rating: 27/40


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