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on 11 May 2008
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. David Essex reprises his role as the wayward hero but it's the teen idol from another time, Adam Faith who steals the show as Mike Menary - a shifty wheeler-dealer along with "Dallas" star, Larry 'J.R.' Hagman. It was Mr. Faith who got the BAFTA nomination for Best Supporting Actor, but the film itself won the Writer's Guild Award for Best Original British Screenplay which went to the writer of both films, Ray Connolly.

"Stardust" is the dark illustration of interchanging trends, attitudes and politics within the music business which combines the family and friendship aspects of the previous story. It is a classic tale of a bittersweet dream...and a sour nightmare. A great soundtrack is once again prominent throughout, along with another great cast which also includes Paul Nicholas, Ines Des Longchamps, Dave Edmunds, Marty Wilde, Peter Duncan, James Hazeldine, along with Keith Moon, Rosalind Ayres and Karl Howman reprising their roles.

This is a great must-buy DVD set as your practically getting both films for the price of one. Fabulous!
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TOP 1000 REVIEWERon 6 January 2015
Less a film and its sequel than the 1st and 2nd act of one story, these two films are much more powerful seen together than separately.

Together the two films give us over 3 hours of the life of Jim MacLaine as he goes from bright mid 1950s schoolboy to an aimless drifter shagging every woman he can get his hands on, breaking the hearts of everyone close to him, to stumbling into a career in rock 'n roll, to becoming one of the biggest stars in the world, with all the attendant hollowness of super-stardom in a business designed to make you self your soul and lose sight of what's real.

This 2nd film makes up the rock-star years of Jim's life, but the 1st film makes it clear that his self-destructive tendencies were there long before stardom, And if he's taken advantage of by managers and record labels, he's also a man who was amoral, selfish and at sea long before that.

It's a shame that pop star David Essex isn't an even stronger actor. He's not at all bad, but this is the kind of rich, juicy role in which a great actor could have exposed multiple layers of depth and complexity. Essex does his best, and is always natural, but isn't able to go that step beyond. (director Michael Apted apparently learned that lesson, and had actors play singers to great effect in his later 'Coal Miner's Daughter').

It would also have been great if the films had managed to avoid some of the clichés around the music business and sex, drugs and rock and roll. It may well be that they're clichés because they're true, but we've also seen them many times, in many films before – even by 1974 when 'Stardust' was made.

One odd thought; on some level 'Stardust' seems to be channeling Peter Watkins' far more original, political and challenging 1967 U.K. rock film "Privilege', with more slickness, but less grand ambition. No idea if that's intentional, but watching this film made we want to go back and re-visit that one.
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on 16 March 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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on 27 October 2015
Problem with this 2 disc pack is the DVD's are incorrectly labelled (ie when watching That'll be the Day you have to put the DVD labelled Stardust in player and vice versa). That said, I loved both these films when they originally came out and they have lost none of their enjoyment even though I had an abortive start trying to watch That'll be the Day by having to change discs over.
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on 29 May 2017
Bought for my mother everything was fine apart from a part of the film that went out of sync with the audio it wasn't that long and due to the films age it was probably an oversight on the edit .
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on 10 August 2012
These two films from 1973 (i think ) are a tonic, david essex the idol and pin up of the time along with david cassidy the late michael jackson and the osmonds, is a step back in time when dare i say it things seemed to be nicer, at first that,ll be the day seems a bit dated but then it gets into its stride and the quality shines through,stardust is on a different level when jim has got a little jaded about fame and the rock world, all in all two fab films from an era that had style ( i loved my chopper bike )buy them !!
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on 1 July 2017
That'll be the day is a great movie.
Stardust is a good follow up.
Fantastic Music
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on 10 July 2017
DVDs had each other's label on so I was a little confused at first. 'Stardust' froze a couple of times and seemed to end abruptly. Had seen both movies before so couldn't be bothered with the hassle of sending back but not a good purchase.
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on 28 April 2017
just what I wanted.
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on 20 March 2017
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