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Stardust (1974)

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

Writer:

Ray Connolly
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Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 2 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
David Essex ... Jim MacLaine
Adam Faith ... Mike
Larry Hagman ... Porter Lee Austin
Ines Des Longchamps Ines Des Longchamps ... Danielle
Rosalind Ayres ... Jeanette
Marty Wilde Marty Wilde ... Colin Day
Edd Byrnes ... TV Interviewer
Keith Moon ... J.D. Clover
Dave Edmunds ... Alex
Paul Nicholas ... Johnny
Karl Howman Karl Howman ... Stevie
Richard LeParmentier ... Felix Hoffman (as Richard Le Parmentier)
Peter Duncan Peter Duncan ... Kevin
John Normington ... Harrap
James Hazeldine ... Brian
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The rise and fall of the rock singer Jim Maclaine, in the mid 60s, with his manager, Mike, and his group, "The Stray Cats."

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Remember when skirts went up and hair came down? See more »

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Drama | Music

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R | See all certifications »

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Trivia

The film features two actors who had played Jesus on stage. David Essex has played Jesus in Godspel, whilst Paul Nicholas has played Jesus in Jesus Christ Superstar. See more »

Goofs

Although the main cast are perfectly groomed and attired for the period in the early-'60s concert scenes, this does not stretch to the extras (the crowd, and in particular the security staff) who are all clearly from 1974. Some of the music also sounds 1970s rather than 1960s. See more »

Quotes

J.D. Clover: Jim... piss off.
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Crazy Credits

The male dancers (extras) in the dance hall scene, dancing to "the tits and bums" were supplied by the Army Apprentices College, Harrogate, North Yorkshire, England, UK. In particular John HICKMAN, Peter COSSON and Neil TURNER. See more »

Connections

Featured in Flicks: Episode #1.2 (1975) See more »

Soundtracks

Take It Away
Written by Gary Osborne (as Gary Osbourne) and Paul Vigrass
Performed by David Essex, with Dave Edmunds and The Stray Cats
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User Reviews

profound impact on my psyche
19 May 2002 | by ZigZagRnautSee all my reviews

As a very young viewer of this film at 19 in 1974 when this film was released, I saw it at the theater as there was no such thing as video tape in those days. David Essex performance had a profound effect on me as did the films plot in general. The deep insight into the life of a famous rock n roll star as can only be experienced by that individual was both riveting to me at the time and has been indelibly etched in my mind ever since. As a matter of fact i have been looking for a copy of this film on video ever since videos inception with no success to this day. A truly captivating and entertaining film if you can find it!


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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 December 1974 (Ireland) See more »

Also Known As:

Stardust See more »

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Goodtimes Enterprises See more »
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4-Track Stereo (35 mm magnetic prints)| Mono (35 mm optical prints)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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