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That'll Be the Day (1973)

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 »

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Claude Whatham

Writer:

Ray Connolly
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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 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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Features Horrors of the Black Museum (1959) See more »

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Bye Bye Love
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One of the best British films of the 1970's
23 March 2001 | by chris-42See all my reviews

Set in post austerity Britain of the 1950's,this film brings alive the feeling and the vibe of that time vividly to to the screen.David Essex plays( or underplays )the laconic hero Jim Mclean.Jim's a bright boy but stepping on to the career ladder holds no interest for him.Rock'n'roll has broken through and for Jim there's only one vocation in life.To rock'n'roll.

The film perfectly captures the staid,constraint and carefree days of Britain in the 1950's.Along with a great soundtrack Jim makes the break from home and sets out to find his dream.

He finds it a tough world out there but eventually finds work in a holiday camp.Here he meets Mike (brilliantly played by Ringo Starr) who's been there, seen it,done it or so he claims.Mike introduces Jim to the ways of the adult world,so therefore throwing of the constrictions of the social strait-jacket that was '50's Britain.

The strong point of the film is it's realism.Why have I never heard of it's directors' other work? One of the best British films of the 1970's;this is a must see for film fans and rock'n'roll fans alike.It's sequel 'Stardust' which charts Jims rise to fame should not be mentioned in the same breath.


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