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|That'll Be the Day|
DVD cover by Arnaldo Putzu
|Directed by||Claude Whatham|
|Produced by||Sanford Lieberson
|Written by||Ray Connolly|
|Distributed by||Anglo-EMI Film Distribution|
That'll Be the Day is a 1973 British drama film starring David Essex, Rosemary Leach and Ringo Starr, written by Ray Connolly and directed by Claude Whatham. It is set in the late 1950s/early 1960s and was partially filmed on the Isle of Wight.
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.
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 Fury, Keith Moon of the Who and John Hawken of the Nashville Teens.
According to Anne Billson in the Time Out Film Guide, the film was 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."
|UK Albums Chart||1973||1|
Pure Gold by Various artists
|UK Albums Chart number-one album
30 June 1973 - 18 August 1973
We Can Make It
by Peters and Lee
BAFTA Best Supporting Actress: Rosemary Leach.
BAFTA Most Promising Newcomer to Leading Film Roles: David Essex.
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). (Also see external link below).