That’ll Be the Day

Here is a nice bit of nostalgia (late 1950s): a serious, loving, but not sticky-sweet probe of a youngster's torment in finding himself, complete with parental problems, friendships gained and lost (ditto jobs), puppy love hangups and first sex; in short, the lot.

With:
David Essex Ringo Starr Rosemary Leach James Booth Billy Fury Keith Moon

Here is a nice bit of nostalgia (late 1950s): a serious, loving, but not sticky-sweet probe of a youngster’s torment in finding himself, complete with parental problems, friendships gained and lost (ditto jobs), puppy love hangups and first sex; in short, the lot.

Script is a big assist, and it rings true without being cloying. Another major asset is having David Essex as its star and key ingredient, as well as in being able to hark back to so colorful a period in which to have him grow up. Essex copes well enough with the few dramatic requirements of the role. Ringo Starr is excellent as his sometime sidekick.

Technically, pic is a superior job, nicely paced by director Claude Whatham with a superior period feel.

That'll Be the Day

UK

Production: Anglo-EMI/Goodtimes. Director Claude Whatham; Producer David Puttnam, Sandy Lieberson; Screenplay Ray Connolly; Camera Peter Suschitzky; Editor Michael Bradsell; Music Neil Aspinall, Keith Moon (sup.)

Crew: (Color) Available on VHS, DVD. Extract of a review from 1973. Running time: 90 MIN.

With: David Essex Ringo Starr Rosemary Leach James Booth Billy Fury Keith Moon

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