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Absolute Beginners (1986)

PG-13 | | Drama, Musical, Romance | 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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Athene Duncannon (as Sade Adu)
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Ed the Ted (as Tenpole Tudor)
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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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Drama | Musical | Romance

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18 April 1986 (USA)  »

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Absolutamente Principiantes  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$83,743, 20 April 1986, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$930,211
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2.35 : 1
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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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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 »

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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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Much Better than Expected....
26 November 2003 | by 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.


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