Saturday, 27 September 2014

That'll Be The Day + Stardust (Region 2 Pal Format DVD) (Brand new & sealed)

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A David Essex double. In 'That'll Be the Day' (1973) Essex is an angry young teenager growing up in the 50's. The only outlet for his frustrations is Rock and Roll music, which leads him on the rocky road to freedom. 'Stardust' (1974) picks up the older Essex, now a successful star but used and abused by the business and on the decline.


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That'll Be the Day (film)

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That'll Be the Day
That'll be the day.jpg
DVD cover by Arnaldo Putzu
Directed byClaude Whatham
Produced bySanford Lieberson
David Puttnam
Written byRay Connolly
StarringDavid Essex
Rosemary Leach
Ringo Starr
Keith Moon
Billy Fury
Deborah Watling
Distributed byAnglo-EMI Film Distribution
Release dates12 April 1973 (UK)
29 October 1973 (U.S.)
Running time91 minutes
LanguageEnglish
Budget£288,000[1]
That'll Be the Day is a 1973 British drama film starring David EssexRosemary Leach and Ringo Starr, written by Ray Connolly and directed by Claude Whatham. It is set in the late '50s/early '60s and was partially filmed on the Isle of Wight.

Plot summary[edit]

The mother of Jim MacLaine (David Essex) was abandoned by his father when he was young. Later, as a suburban school dropout, Jim leaves home and drifts through a succession of dead-end jobs until he finds an outlet for his frustration in rock 'n' roll. Tossing away the chance of a university education much to the consternation of his mother, alienated MacLaine becomes a lowly deckchair attendant before streetwise friend Mike (Ringo Starr) gets him a job firstly as a barman and then with the fun fair. The initially shy MacLaine quickly becomes a heartless fairground Romeo leaving a trail of broken hearts in his wake. Eventually MacLaine returns home to run the family store and marry his girlfriend, but despite the birth of a son, restless Jim feels the lure of rock ’n’ roll again.

Characters[edit]

The Liverpool days of The Quarrymen/The Beatles and Rory Storm & The Hurricanes were said to be the inspiration for the fictional group called "Stray Cats" in the film.
Many of the characters were played by musicians who had lived through the era portrayed in the film including Ringo Starr of The Hurricanes and The Beatles, Billy FuryKeith Moon of The Who, and John Hawken of The Nashville Teens.
The film was produced by David Puttnam and is loosely based on the Harry Nilsson song "1941".

Cast[edit]

Reception and reputation[edit]

Box Office[edit]

The film was a hit at the box office (by 1985 it had earned an estimated profit of £406,000),[1] leading to a sequel, Stardust, (1974).
Nat Cohen, who invested in the movie, said the film made more than 50% its cost.[2]

Critical Reception[edit]

Critic Anne Billson has called it a "hugely overrated dip into the rock 'n' roll nostalgia bucket, ... " also commenting "Youth culture my eye: they're all at least a decade too old. But good tunes, and worth catching for Billy Fury's gold lamé act."[3]

Soundtrack[edit]


Chart positions[edit]

ChartYearPeak
position
UK Albums Chart[4]19731
Preceded by
Pure Gold by Various artists
UK Albums Chart number-one album
30 June 1973 - 18 August 1973
Succeeded by
We Can Make It
by Peters and Lee

Award Nominations[edit]

BAFTA Best Supporting Actress: Rosemary Leach.
BAFTA Most Promising Newcomer to Leading Film Roles: David Essex.

Spin-off[edit]

An independent Radio Drama recording project was completed in 2008 entitled 'That'll be the Stardust!' which continues the story of Jimmy Maclaine jr. (son of Jim Maclaine). The website featuring the complete drama is now online (see external link below).

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