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That'll Be the Day (1973)

That'll Be the Day





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Long before Grease was even thought of, the British came out with That'll Be The Day, the story of a young man (David Essex) growing up in the dreary working-class world of Britain who comes of age and finds his proper outlet in the first outgrowths of the rock-and-roll world in Britain. This film and its accompanying album were extremely successful in Britain. Along with an excellent (and nostalgic) soundtrack, it features acting performances by rockers David Essex, Billy Fury, Keith Moon and Ringo Starr.more
Rating: PG
Genre: Drama, Musical & Performing Arts, Classics
Directed By:
Written By: Ray Connolly
In Theaters:
On DVD: Nov 28, 2000
Anglo-EMI Productions Ltd.


David Essex
as Jim MacLaine
Rosemary Leach
as Mrs. MacLaine
James Booth
as Mr. MacLaine
Billy Fury
as Stormy Tempest
Keith Moon
as J.D. Clover
James Ottaway
as Granddad
Patti Love
as Sandra's Friend
Daphne Oxenford
as Mrs. Sutcliffe
Bernard Severn
as Sutcliffe
Kim Braden
as Charlotte
Susan Holderness
as Girls in Coffee Shop
Sally Watts
as Girls in Coffee Shop
Alan Foss
as Teacher
Patsy Blower
as Young Girl at Fair
Sara Clee
as Girl with Baby
Sacha Puttnam
as Young Jim
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Critic Reviews for That'll Be the Day

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Full Review… | March 26, 2009
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Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
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Full Review… | May 9, 2005
New York Times
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Full Review… | January 10, 2004
Chicago Reader
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August 16, 2005

Full Review… | May 24, 2003

Audience Reviews for That'll Be the Day


Very similar to Quadrophenia (which I coincidentally saw right before this), but with a not quite so angry a tone. David Essex (of "Rock On" fame) plays Jimmy, a rather lost young man who has a dream of being a rock star in late 1950's Britain. He drops out of school to realize his dream, but finds out it's not nearly as simple as he anticipated. Ringo Starr -- yes, THAT Ringo -- has a nice role as Mike, Jimmy's carnival worker friend. He has a funny scene regarding a tattoo in a rather private place. Essex does a pretty good job in this film, although you don't find yourself really rooting for his success because he does a few things that make you want to punch him. The soundtrack is outstanding -- every great 50's hit you ever heard on those Time-Life CD commercials is here. Plus you get a taste of Keith Moon's drumwork. He plays the drummer -- yeah, I know, quite a stretch -- in a band called Stormy Tempest, who's lead singer is early Brit rocker Billy Fury. All in all, worth a nostalgic look. I'm told there's a sequel, called Stardust.

Cindy I

Super Reviewer

Solid British film, based on the early life of John Lennon, has a terrific cast with excellent performances from everyone, especially David Essex and Ringo Starr. Great score of 1950's hits, fast moving, well directed.

James Higgins

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