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That'll Be The Day/Stardust [DVD] [1973]


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  • Actors: David Essex, Ringo Starr, Rosemary Leach, James Booth, Billy Fury
  • Directors: Claude Whatham
  • Writers: Ray Connolly
  • Producers: David Puttnam, Gavrik Losey, Roy Baird, Sanford Lieberson
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Warner
  • DVD Release Date: 25 Aug 2003
  • Run Time: 194 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00009P9MC
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 60,305 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Product Description

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
Enjoy a nostalgic trip back to the late 1950s, time of brothel-creeper shoes, drainpipe trousers, sideburns and greased-back hair. David Essex makes his screen debut as the wayward hero who dreams of becoming a rock star. Ringo Starr, as his fairground buddy, epitomizes the period and is joined by Billy Fury and Keith Moon in a living tapestry of memories for rock fans.

Stardust
Jim is now enjoying the nomadic gigs and groupies life of The Stray Cats (Paul Nicholas, Keith Moon, Dave Edmunds and Karl Howman). When he achieves all his wildest dreams of international stardom, the sweet taste of success begins to turn sour, reflecting the tragic days when the pressures proved too great for many talented musicians of the 1960s.

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42 of 45 people found the following review helpful By Kev on 31 Aug 2003
Format: DVD
An excellent double bill, though be mindful of the 15 cert - it portrays the groupie lifestyle in some detail! That'll be the Day captures the feel of the 50's and 60's perfectly and David Essex plays the part of Jim Maclaine very well - though he does gradually turn into 'David Essex' as the film moves on. Great cameos from Ringo Starr, Rory Storm, Keith Moon and others give this film a real authenticity - and the music's great.
Stardust portrays sex drugs and rock'n'roll to excess with great performances from Essex and Adam Faith replacing Ringo as his sidekick (Starr apparently turned it down as it was too reminiscent of his own spell in a well known group in the sixties!). Great original music produced by Dave Edmunds who also appears with, again, cameos from Keith Moon, Paul Nicholas and, erm, Peter Duncan. Larry Hagman puts in a great pre-JR performance as a very convincing manipulative manager.
Overall a great three hours of nostalgia, fun and great music. Buy it!!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. S. J. Roberts on 12 Nov 2011
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When I first watched this film back in the 70's. We had a great time dancing to the music in the cinema, and when I found it on amazon I couldn't resist buying it, it brought back such happy memories. Not only a great film but is excellent quality, a must buy for all you pop pickers from the 70's.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Flickering Ember TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 25 Oct 2012
Format: DVD
The first of the two films, That'll Be The Day is the better of the two and really sets a standard which Stardust can't quite meet. Ringo Starr totally nails his part, delivering his lines with perfect humour and timing. He's convincing and likeable and also a good sport, appearing in his underwear and there's even a bum shot (I don't think it was a stunt bottom!) Having seen him in A Hard Day's Night and Help, it is strange to see him go from squeaky clean Beatle to cheeky Scous chappy with a bit of a mouth on him, but he makes the transition perfectly.

Billy Fury appears as a singer and Keith Moon as a drummer, as the other notable famous cameos. As for David Essex, he appears confident yet unassuming and it's an enjoyable viewing experience.

As for Stardust, although given the filming locations of some of the scenes, it was clear they had a larger budget, this sequel fell short of the mark for me. I enjoyed it but it wasn't as good as its predecessor. Ringo Starr had the good sense not to participate in this film. The cliches are just too Beatley...it seems to me that the industry realised that they had to give the world The Beatles again. Early on, it's a street similar to Mathew Street in Liverpool, and set inside a music club inside a cellar, like The Cavern...there's even a house which looks very much the same as John Lennon's house in Weybridge. It would have been in poor taste and a bad career move for Ringo to have included himself in this!

Later on, the film goes into a documentary mode, like the Albert Maysles footage of The Beatles. It was just a bit too cliched for me and the acting not as strong, although Marty Wilde was good.
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18 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Mark R. Ramsden on 15 Jan 2004
Format: DVD
I'll admit coming to this double pack that Staardust has always been my least favorite of the 2 films here. Adn nothing in rewatching this has changed that opinion.
That'll Be The Day tells the story of Jim Maclaine from his farther return from the war and subsequently abandoning his family throght to MacLaine abndoning his own. It is a great well paced story.
Stardust picks up a while latter when MacLaine is now starting out in the world of rock and roll and charts his rise and subsequent downfall. Whilst a great film it doesn't match the standard set by That'll Be The Day and I admit I've always found the last 20 minutes slightly disjointed.
The DVD itself offers no special features but the you do get both movies, personally that suits me rather than having to pay for 2 DVD's with 'dodgy' extras. My one critiscim is that the sound quality is not great
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Two different films- Stardust must have been one of the first films to show the inherent dangers/attractions of fame/drugs. TBTD was better for being more innocent and fun.

The bonus is the footage of the much missed Billy Fury starring as Stormy Tempest. He must have laughed when his script asked him to say "Only americans can write rock 'n' roll" Billy was probably our only british rock 'n' roll singer/songwriter
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By julie on 30 Jun 2014
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This item was purchased as i was unable to get what I wanted on the high street. But it is a good item
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By piper56 on 22 Jun 2014
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a film well acted about the 50-60s when this country was nice to live in not that it is today im affraid
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By Betty Boop on 16 Jun 2014
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That'll be the day loved it brought back. Memories as teen and 1st love he was a rebel to :-) film quality was as expected for. Old film ,

Stardust I am a fan David Essex so I will be biased lol. It was a trip down memory lane for me loved it
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