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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 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 (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

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »
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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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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The original end music, "That'll Be The Day", was replaced for the American release by "Rock On", which had just been released. See more »

Goofs

Jim MacLaine produces an LP he has been waiting "months to play", and we see it is Buddy Hollyy's first album. However, when he puts it on the record player, the music we hear is "Donna" by Ritchie Valens. See more »

Quotes

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

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

Soundtracks

Dream Lover
(uncredited)
Written and performed by Bobby Darin
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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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