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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 seems to have inherited the old man's restlessness. Despite his apparent intelligence, Jim decides not to take the exams that would ... 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 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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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 May 1973 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Az lesz majd a nap 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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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 the film as he was still appearing in the stage show. See more »

Goofs

The song, "Long Live Rock" was written by Pete Townshend of The Who and not released until 1972, well after the period of this film. See more »

Quotes

Mike: You'll like Bath... better class of fuck in Bath.
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Connections

References Giant (1956) See more »

Soundtracks

Jailhouse Rock
(uncredited)
Written by Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller
Performed by Rock Island Line
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David Essex shines
29 October 2018 | by fostrhodSee all my reviews

Classic tail of adolescent male on leaving school refusing to get stuck in a dead end job, working in a corner shop if I recall rightly. Picks up a guitar and works his way to stardom. Rejecting his family, childhood girlfriend anc baby on route. David Essex is great as Jim MacLaine as is Ringo Starr his partner in crime when working the waltzers and Wong man when pulling the birds. The 50's soundtrack original songs produced by David Edmunds.

Overall it's a great taste of life in the early 60s.


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