That'll Be the Day

That'll Be the Day

Claude Whatham (1973)

15 Certificate


Our Score
With the cheeky glint in the eye that turned girls' heads in his 1970s heyday, David Essex was perfect casting for the role of the teenager with itchy feet who dreams of rock 'n' roll stardom and a life away from humdrum 50s suburbia. He brings a certain swagger to the role of Jim MacLaine, who abandons school to work in a holiday camp and then with a travelling fair, where he's schooled in the ways of the world by the more experienced Mike - a nice turn from Ringo Starr. Director Claude Whatham and writer Ray Connolly eschew the perfect, sun-kissed teen world depicted in Frankie Avalon films for a grittier and more knowing tale set in an austere postwar Britain, where youngsters still got most of their musical entertainment from the US. Drummer Keith Moon and singer Billy Fury score in cameos as members of the holiday-camp band and the sharp-eared will notice the title song over the end credits is actually a version by Bobby Vee rather than the Buddy Holly original.


A school dropout leaves home and drifts through a succession of dead-end jobs until he finds an outlet for his frustration in rock 'n' roll. Drama, starring David Essex, Ringo Starr, Keith Moon, Billy Fury, Robert Lindsay and Rosemary Leach.

Cast & Crew

Jim MacLaine David Essex
Mike Ringo Starr
JD Clover Keith Moon
Terry Sutcliffe Robert Lindsay
Mrs MacLaine Rosemary Leach
Mr MacLaine James Booth
Stormy Tempest Billy Fury
Jeanette Rosalind Ayres
Director Claude Whatham
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourGuidance: May be edited for language. Available on: video and DVD