6.7/10
863
17 user 7 critic

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:

Writer:

Reviews

On Disc

at Amazon

Nominated for 2 BAFTA Film Awards. See more awards »

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Stardust (1974)
Drama | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

The rise and fall of the rock singer Jim Maclaine, in the mid 60s, with his manager, Mike, and his group, "The Stray Cats."

Director: Michael Apted
Stars: David Essex, Adam Faith, Larry Hagman
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

In England, two men working on the docks close to London's Tower Bridge find a dead body of an unidentified man floating in the River Thames, they call the local police. The police later ... See full summary »

Director: Vernon Sewell
Stars: Dermot Walsh, Sydney Tafler, Mary Germaine
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Because of its high productivity and "almost" 100 per cent employment, the village of Little Heyhoe, England is expecting a visit from the Prime Minister. The "almost" is because of Dan ... See full summary »

Director: Lewis Gilbert
Stars: Eddie Byrne, Jane Barrett, Robert Brown
Comedy | Horror | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.8/10 X  

Due to be crowned King of the Netherworld by his mentor Merlin the Magician at a monster's convention Count Downe, the son of Count Dracula, falls in love with the beautiful but human Amber... See full summary »

Director: Freddie Francis
Stars: Harry Nilsson, Ringo Starr, Freddie Jones
Blindman (1971)
Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

After fifty mail-order brides intended for miner husbands are kidnapped by bandits, the blind gunfighter hired to escort them heads into Mexico in pursuit.

Director: Ferdinando Baldi
Stars: Tony Anthony, Ringo Starr, Lloyd Battista
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

A naive aristocrat in search of a career becomes caught up in the struggles between his profit-minded uncle and an aggressive labour union.

Director: John Boulting
Stars: Ian Carmichael, Terry-Thomas, Peter Sellers
Certificate: Passed Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

Lady Buckering, an English widow, has four daughters; Doreen, married to Dougall and about to give birth at home, and Gerda, Bicky and Catherine. The story revolves around the impending ... See full summary »

Director: Henry Cass
Stars: Richard Attenborough, Heather Thatcher, Noel Purcell
Ringo (TV Movie 1978)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

Ringo, stressed out by fame, trades places with a schmuck who looks exactly like him. Then the problems start.

Director: Jeff Margolis
Stars: Ringo Starr, Art Carney, Angie Dickinson
200 Motels (1971)
Comedy | Fantasy | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

"Touring makes you crazy," Frank Zappa says, explaining that the idea for this film came to him while the Mothers of Invention were touring. The story, interspersed with performances by the... See full summary »

Directors: Tony Palmer, Frank Zappa
Stars: Mark Volman, Howard Kaylan, Ian Underwood
Quadrophenia (1979)
Drama | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Jimmy loathes his job and parents. He seeks solace with his mod clique, scooter riding, and drugs only to be disappointed.

Director: Franc Roddam
Stars: Phil Daniels, Leslie Ash, Phil Davis
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A disillusioned, angry university graduate comes to terms with his grudge against middle-class life and values.

Director: Tony Richardson
Stars: Richard Burton, Claire Bloom, Mary Ure
Comedy | Drama

When a former child star is released from prison, he turns to method acting and becomes Buddy Holly, losing himself in the process, in hopes that he can win the role of Buddy on Broadway and bring back his career.

Director: Michael Simon
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Jim MacLaine
... Mike
... Mrs. MacLaine
... Mr. MacLaine
... Stormy Tempest
... J.D. Clover
... Jeanette
... Doreen
... Terry
... Wendy
... Granddad
... Sandra
Beth Morris ... Jean
Daphne Oxenford ... Mrs. Sutcliffe
Kim Braden ... Charlotte
Edit

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>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Drama | Music

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

13 May 1973 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Az lesz majd a nap  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show more on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

(Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

The shop owned by Jim's mum is located at the corner of St. John's Hill and Meaders Road in Ryde on the Isle of Wight. The site is still recognizable but the shop has since been converted into accommodation. Also, the nightclub featured was La Babalu, also located in Ryde on the site of the old airport. A McDonalds Drive-Thru and Car Wash now occupy the site. Many of the regular customers and local well known faces from the town featured as extras. 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.
See more »

Connections

References Giant (1956) See more »

Soundtracks

Singing The Blues
(uncredited)
Written by Melvin Endsley
Performed by David Essex
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Superb film with great performance by Essex
14 June 2003 | by See all my reviews

ITV have just shown the Jim Maclaine(David Essex) films of which this is the first and Stardust is the second and as an avid supporter and fan of sixties and seventies British cinema i thought i had to check it out.

It doesn't disappoint with its gritty evocation of a fifties childhood with a lack of a father figure. Jim then turns to the Rock and Roll world when he buys a guitar from a pawn shop at the end. His rise and fall is taken up in Stardust with Adam Faith taking the Ringo Starr role as Mike.

Great, forgotten film with superior performances from Essex and Ringo Starr and a good cameo from Keith Moon and Billy Fury.


13 of 13 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 17 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Stream Popular Sci-Fi Titles With Prime Video

Explore popular sci-fi movies and TV shows available to stream with Prime Video.

Start your free trial