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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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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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18 April 1986 (USA)  »

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Absolutamente Principiantes  »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$83,743, 20 April 1986, Limited Release

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$930,211
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2.35 : 1
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The last feature film of actress Irene Handl, who died in 1987. 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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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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My Mammy
Composed by Walter Donaldson (as W. Donaldson), Sam Lewis (as S. Lewis) and Joe Young (as J. Young)
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wasted time
11 January 2011 | by See all my reviews

This might be the worst movie I ever saw. From the historical inaccuracies to the pretentious pop, everything that could be overdone was. If the year is 1958, why then is Patsy Kensit wearing a miniskirt half the time? Why not have her use a cell phone too. Hairstyles and clothes are decidedly 1980's, not 1950's. The characters in the film are lightweight, every cliché is over-indulged, and no explanation is ever given as to why the lead character is so widely admired, since he sows nothing that would make him so.

The film is shallow almost beyond belief; It is nearer a comic book than a film. Perhaps that was the filmmaker's intent. I cannot imagine anyone over the age of 12 liking this movie.


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