Flick Review < That'll Be the Day | Claude Whatham (1973)

That'll Be the Day (1973)
Director: Claude Whatham
Stars: David Essex, Ringo Starr, Rosemary Leach
Cinematography: Peter Suschitzky
Producer David Puttnam was impressed by Harry Nilsson's song "1941" and asked writer Ray Connolly to create a screenplay based on it.
The resulting film resembles the song in all key respects except a funfair substitutes the circus of the song.

* The Liverpool days of the Quarrymen/the Beatles and Rory Storm & the Hurricanes were said to be the inspiration for the fictional group called "Stray Cats" in the film.

* Many of the characters were played by musicians who had lived through the era portrayed in the film including Ringo Starr of the Hurricanes and the Beatles, Billy Fury, Keith Moon of the Who and John Hawken of the Nashville Teens. 

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