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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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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

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Trivia

Producer David Puttnam was impressed by Harry Nilsson's song "1941" and asked Screenwriter Ray Connolly to create a screenplay based on it. The resulting movie resembles the song in all key respects except a funfair substitutes the circus of the song. See more »

Goofs

As Jim sits on the truck giving him a lift, after being told "today will be a scorcher" during the summer exams, the trees behind him are leafless and must have been filmed in winter. See more »

Quotes

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

References Cinderella (1950) See more »

Soundtracks

Rock On
Written and Sung by David Essex
(End credits, American release)
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Keep rockin' and rollin'! Speaking of which, why isn't the sequel available on DVD?
13 January 2006 | by lee_eisenbergSee all my reviews

Probably the best portrayal of the '50s rebel culture has working-class Brit Jim MacLaine (David Essex) with a chip on his shoulder - due to his father abandoning the family - and doesn't care about school; he's into rock 'n' roll. His friend Mike (Ringo Starr) is no more responsible but gets Jim some jobs. But after everything, Jim sees fit only - and I mean ONLY - to play music.

Aside from the fact that this was a really good movie, I should identify that there was a sequel called "Stardust". I've never seen that one, as it's never been released on DVD. WHY NOT?! Considering how good this one was, why can't the latter get released on DVD?!


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Language:

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