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That'll Be the Day (1973)

PG | | Drama, Music | 13 May 1973 (UK)
Abandoned by his father at an early age, Jim MacLaine (David Essex) seems to have inherited the old man's restlessness. Despite his apparent intelligence, Jim decides not to take the exams ... See full summary »

Director:

Claude Whatham

Writer:

Ray Connolly
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Nominated for 2 BAFTA Film Awards. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
David Essex ... Jim MacLaine
Ringo Starr ... Mike
Rosemary Leach ... Mrs. MacLaine
James Booth ... Mr. MacLaine
Billy Fury ... Stormy Tempest
Keith Moon ... J.D. Clover
Rosalind Ayres ... Jeanette
Brenda Bruce ... Doreen
Robert Lindsay ... Terry
Verna Harvey ... Wendy
James Ottaway ... Granddad
Deborah Watling ... Sandra
Beth Morris Beth Morris ... Jean
Daphne Oxenford Daphne Oxenford ... Mrs. Sutcliffe
Kim Braden ... Charlotte
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Storyline

Abandoned by his father at an early age, Jim MacLaine (David Essex) seems to have inherited the old man's restlessness. Despite his apparent intelligence, Jim decides not to take the exams that would pave his way to university. He lives, for a time, a life consisting of dead-end jobs and meaningless sex, before returning home to work in his mother's shop. But still he can't settle down. He begins to think that the life of a pop musician might be the thing for him. Written by George S. Davis <mgeorges@prodigy.net>

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Drama | Music

Certificate:

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Trivia

David Essex, whose pop career was just taking off at the time, was still appearing in the stage play "Godspell", the show that first brought him to public attention. This would explain his slightly anachronistic haircut throughout this movie as he was still appearing in the stage show. See more »

Goofs

Jim MacLaine produces an LP he has been waiting "months to play", and we see it is Buddy Hollyy's first album. However, when he puts it on the record player, the music we hear is "Donna" by Ritchie Valens. See more »

Quotes

Jim MacLaine: Ever thought of writing your own songs ?
J.D. Clover: What ?
Jim MacLaine: Well instead of playing those crummy Cliff Richard songs ?
J.D. Clover: No not really... . you've got to be American write those them rock and roll songs properly.
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Connections

References The Duke Wore Jeans (1958) See more »

Soundtracks

Runaround Sue
(uncredited)
Written by Dion DiMucci and Ernie Maresca
Performed by Dion DiMucci (as Dion) & The Belmonts
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26 year old Essex plays a 16 year of teenager,badly
28 February 2020 | by malcolmgswSee all my reviews

David Essexs acting skills are very limited and do not extend to convincing me that he is 16,or that a teenager would run away from school or home.The story meanders around getting nowhere fast.It includes a totally gratuitous and unnecessary underage rape scene.Any sympathy one might have for the main character is totally lst..


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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 May 1973 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

That'll Be the Day See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Goodtimes Enterprises See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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