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The David Essex Double Bill [DVD]

David Essex , Ringo Starr , Claude Whatham , Michael Apted    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (84 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: David Essex, Ringo Starr, Rosemary Leach, James Booth, Billy Fury
  • Directors: Claude Whatham, Michael Apted
  • Producers: David Puttnam
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Studiocanal
  • DVD Release Date: 26 Feb 2007
  • Run Time: 194 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (84 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,298 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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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66 of 66 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fabulous 2-for-1 odyssey! 11 May 2008
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For any true Rock 'n' Roll fan and any former members of the growing-up cultures of the Fifties and Sixties...Seventies too, you just can't let these two get away - "That'll Be The Day" and it's sequel, "Stardust".

It's a fabulous roller-coaster ride that isn't just limited to the fairground, depicting the social and musical changes of life in 1950's Britain as seen through the eyes of the young man who turns out to be 'the minstrel of a generation' - Jim Maclaine...very amicably portrayed by teen Pop idol (at the time!), David Essex. Infact, it was Mr. Essex who was nominated for the Best Newcomer BAFTA along with Rosemary Leach as Best Supporting Actress in the role of his long-suffering Mother. A stellar cast including Robert Lindsay, Billy Fury, Keith Moon, Rosalind Ayres, James Booth, Karl Howman, Deborah Watling, and a brilliantly-acted performance by Ringo Starr add to the delight of this classic virtually rags-to-riches story of teenage angst and ambition. Jim Maclaine is a clever young man, but forsakes a prospective well-educated career for a life-changing journey on the back of a truck that drops him off at the seaside...and so part one of the odyssey begins. The film unfolds to the hit-making sounds of the late 50's which are a big influence on Maclaine's journey through adolescence away from the bosom of his family. He experiences all he is able to experience over a two-year period, then one day has a sudden change of heart...but does his heart really change that much?

The brilliant sequel, "Stardust" begins the continuing saga of Jim Maclaine's life from 1963 onwards and once again we are introduced to more cultural, and musical, changes and influences of life in the fast lane.
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must See 16 Mar 2008
A real classic from 1973 shows David Essex as a young Jimmy MacLaine and shows his life growing up. He leaves home and works on a pleasure beach then fair ground. This is a classic and has many starts which were not fully recognised back then, included are people like Karl Howman, Dave Edmunds, Ringo Starr, Keith Moon, Adam Faith, Peter Duncan, Larry Hagman and many more.
The first disk "That'll Be The Day" is the first part of the double feature where the second is Stardust which shows his life when he turns pop star.
If you haven't seen this then go out and buy or rent it, you wont regret it.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Rock 'N' Roll Legend Compilation 26 Jan 2008
This two-film set chronicles the life of a discontented, directionless youth, who somewhat aimlessly dreams of being a famous "Rock and Roll" star. It's gritty and realistic in atmosphere, as well as its depiction of the experiences that lead up to the young man's achievement of his dream. David Essex plays innocence, streetwise savvy and jaded overindulgence with equal conviction. The progression of his character is charming, seamless and convincing. Without giving anything away, this morality tale, when both films are seen in succession, is something wondrous to behold. In short I was very impressed, by the material, music and all the performances, which were uniformly excellent. Two thumbs up, as the critics would say...
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars First film is the more universal tale 3 Sep 2009
That'll Be The Day is a modest but very satisfying rites-of-passage movie with 70s pop star David Essex (who'd already scored in the stage musical Godspell) playing a 1950s teenager with a string of conquests but no sense of direction until music starts to give his life a purpose.

He is careless of the feelings of others, so this is not a simple pop cash-in for the singer, and there are good actors around him (the exasperation and affection of mother Rosemary Leach is especially notable) and an excellent, well structured screenplay by Ray Connolly, where even small scenes - the action of a kindly policeman, for example, when Essex is drunk and lonely on his birthday - contribute to a coherent whole.

Ringo Starr must have been taken with the script, too, as he plays Essex's buddy/mentor when they are both working at Butlin's. And a young Robert Lindsay is his schoolfriend, watching in horror as Essex chucks all his books into the river prior to an exam. Lindsay later reappears in a truly fifties moment when he and his university chums are all listening to trad jazz, and the visiting Essex is made to feel left out; shades of the early Beatles having to pretend they were a jazz band to get gigs in Liverpool.

The aimless Essex, for so long indifferent to his mother's concern, eventually makes a stab at being the dutiful son but it does not last long: he cannot resist sleeping with Lindsay's girlfriend (the last in his long line of conquests) immediately before he is due to marry his friend's sister, nor is he able to sustain the marriage for long.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Stardust Memories 16 July 2011
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I wasn't a big David Essex fan in the seventies but I owned the soundtrack I wanted to see the film so I bought it The fact it came as a double header made it more of Bargain I liked both films for different reasons I realise its not everyones cup of tea but for those of you who grew up in the sixties and seventies It will bring back a lot of memories. The Dave edmunds arranged songs in Stardust are brilliant as is I have to say David Essex who as a young lad you couldn't say you liked as he was a girly icon but he is very goood indeed.
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