That'll Be the Day

1973, Musical/Drama, 1h 30m

2 Reviews 1,000+ Ratings

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Raised by his single mother after the abrupt departure of his father, Jim MacLaine (David Essex) is a restless British youth. Leaving home to find his place in the world, Jim eventually meets kindred spirit Mike (Ringo Starr). The two lads get into plenty of trouble as they shirk responsibility and chase women, but ultimately Jim has to decide on a career, and dreams of becoming a rock 'n' roll star. Can Jim make it as musician, or will he remain stuck in a mundane rut?

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  • Jul 07, 2007
    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.
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