Absolute Beginners

1986, Musical/Romance, 1h 47m

9 Reviews 2,500+ Ratings

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Colin (Eddie O'Connell), an aspiring young British photographer and jazz aficionado, falls for the beautiful Crepe Suzette (Patsy Kensit), a model on the rise. When she leaves him to pursue her dreams of fame, Colin lands under the wing of Vendice Partners (David Bowie), a suave advertising executive, and begins his own climb toward success. As Colin and Suzette get caught up in the promotion of youth culture, they brush up against the era's social issues, including racism.

Cast & Crew

Eddie O'Connell
Colin, Photographer, Narrator
David Bowie
Vendice Partners
James Fox
Henley of Mayfair, Dressmaker to the Queen
Ray Davies
Arthur, Colin's Dad
Anita Morris
Dido Lament, Gossip Columnist
Lionel Blair
Harry Charms, Record Producer
Sade
Athene Duncannon
Al Clark
Executive Producer
Robert Devereux
Executive Producer
Nik Powell
Executive Producer
Chris Brown
Producer
David Bowie
Original Music
Ray Davies
Original Music
Gil Evans
Original Music
Oliver Stapleton
Cinematographer
John Beard
Production Design
Stuart Rose
Art Direction
Sue Blane
Costume Designer
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Critic Reviews for Absolute Beginners

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Audience Reviews for Absolute Beginners

  • Sep 06, 2010
    On the box for this movie, a critic says it's a splashy musical or something, but that doesn't mean it's good, so I wondered why they put that on the box. If you ask me this movie is too splashy and doesn't focus on the story enough. Overall, it's okay.
    Aj V Super Reviewer
  • Feb 23, 2009
    Just re-watched this, having seen it in the theater when it came out and on VHS several years ago. Sure it's not a GREAT film...but as musicals go (I generally hate them) this is one that I don't mind. Which I'm sure is a testament to the historical aspects of it's story and the fact that it is riddled with cameo's (Sandie Shaw) and musical "numbers" performed by some really great musicians (Bowie, Ray Davies, Sade).
    Robert C Super Reviewer
  • Nov 10, 2008
    Going to be honest and admit I was only watching for David Bowie. Wish I hadn't bothered. He's in it about 15 minutes and it's certainly not a career highlight for him when he is. Very hammy, but so is the rest of it. There is some mildly interesting bits and London looks bright and pretty, but it's a pretty crappy story honestly. The main character is uncharismatic and Patsy Kensit always struck me as a bit cheap, so I guess the money hungry Suzette she plays is good casting. The best part of the movie is when the credits roll and the theme song comes on. Can't believe such a great song got lumped in with this mess. I'd rather watch my David Bowie greatest hits DVD next time.
    Nicki M Super Reviewer
  • Apr 03, 2008
    Julien Temple gets an "A" for effort in creating a modern musical recreation of the 1950's British Teen scene. The problem here is that the movie is too dark and risque for the family crowd and too light-hearted and tame for the adult crowd. It catches momentum in its third act, has a star making performance from Tony Hippolyte and Patsy Kensit, a great musical numbers by Bowie, Davies, and Sade, but would have benefited more by sticking closer to the source material of the Notting Hill Riots, instead of turning it into a cartoon.
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