Stardust (1974 film)
Stardust is a 1974 British musical drama film directed by Michael Apted and starring David Essex and Adam Faith. The film is the sequel to the 1973 film That'll Be the Day. Its tagline is: "Show me a boy who never wanted to be a rock star and I'll show you a liar."
|Directed by||Michael Apted|
|Produced by||David Puttnam|
|Written by||Ray Connolly|
|Cinematography||Anthony B. Richmond|
|Edited by||Michael Bradsell|
|Distributed by||EMI Films (UK)|
Columbia Pictures (U.S.)
|24 October 1974 (UK)|
12 November 1975 (U.S.)
Following on from the events in the late 1950s/early 1960s of That'll Be the Day, the film features the characters Jim Maclaine, Jeanette, and J.D. as they move into the mid 1960s/early 1970s and covers the growing career of aspiring rock star MacLaine. After MacLaine forms a band, the Stray Cats, he seeks out his old funfair friend Mike to become its road manager.
Mike acquires a better van, accommodation, and a recording session for the group. The band becomes a success and MacLaine becomes the lead vocalist, attracting a great deal of media attention. His relationship with the band deteriorates and he becomes a successful solo artist. The film finishes by relating the detrimental effects of this success on MacLaine and his relationships.
By the end of the Stardust, the timeline has roughly caught up to the 1974 release of the film. Many of the characters were played by British musicians who had lived/were living through the era portrayed in the film including Essex, Faith, Marty Wilde, Keith Moon, Dave Edmunds, and Paul Nicholas.
|David Essex||Jim MacLaine|
|Adam Faith||Mike Menary|
|Larry Hagman||Porter Lee Austin|
|Ines Des Longchamps||Danielle|
|Marty Wilde||Colin Day|
|Edd Byrnes||TV Interviewer|
|Keith Moon||J. D. Clover|
|Richard LeParmentier||Felix Hoffman|
|John Normington||Ronald Harrap|
|David Daker||Ralph Woods|
Awards and nominationsEdit
BAFTA Writers' Guild of Great Britain for Best Original British Screenplay WINNER: Ray Connolly.
BAFTA Best Supporting Actor NOMINATED: Adam Faith.
The Stardust soundtrack album was released in October on Ronco Records to coincide with the opening. Some of the later songs in the film were performed by the Stray Cats themselves.
- Neil Sedaka – "Happy Birthday Sweet Sixteen"
- The Drifters – "Up On The Roof"
- Del Shannon – "Hats Off To Larry"
- The Zombies – "She's Not There"
- Bobby Darin – "Dream Lover"
- Billy J. Kramer & The Dakotas – "Do You Want To Know A Secret"
- Dave Edmunds & The Electricians – "Da Doo Ron Ron"
- The Beach Boys – "I Get Around"
- Diana Ross & The Supremes – "Baby Love"
- The Chiffons – "One Fine Day"
- Tommy Roe – "Dizzy"
- The Fortunes – "You've Got Your Troubles"
- Martha Reeves & The Vandellas – "Dancing In The Street"
- Gerry & The Pacemakers – "Don't Let The Sun Catch You Crying"
- Stevie Wonder – "Uptight"
- Cat Stevens – "Matthew & Son"
- Barbara Lewis – "Baby I'm Yours"
- Jimmy Ruffin – "What Becomes Of The Brokenhearted"
- The Box Tops – "The Letter"
- The Mamas And The Papas – "Monday Monday"
- Lovin' Spoonful – "Summer In The City"
- Manfred Mann – "Do Wah Diddy Diddy"
- The Animals – "The House Of The Rising Sun"
- The Hollies – "Carrie Anne"
- Procol Harum – "Whiter Shade Of Pale"
- The Who – "My Generation"
- The Bee Gees – "I've Gotta Get A Message To You"
- The Righteous Brothers – "You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'"
- Barry McGuire – "Eve Of Destruction"
- Jefferson Airplane – "White Rabbit"
- Jimi Hendrix – "All Along The Watchtower"
- Derek & The Dominos – "Layla"
- Joe Cocker – "With A Little Help From My Friends"
- The Stray Cats – "When Will I Be Loved"
- The Stray Cats – "Need A Shot Of Rhythm & Blues"
- The Stray Cats – "Make Me Good"
- Jim Maclaine And The Stray Cats – "You Kept Me Waiting"
- The Stray Cats – "Let It Be Me"
- The Stray Cats – "Some Other Guy"
- Jim Maclaine And The Stray Cats – "Take It Away"
- The Stray Cats – "C'Mon Little Dixie"
- Jim Maclaine – "Americana Stray Cat Blues"
- Jim Maclaine – "Dea Sancta"
- David Essex – "Stardust"
The film is the sequel to the 1973 film That'll Be the Day, in which Essex plays a younger Jim Maclaine, through the 1950s and 1960s.
- Alexander Walker, National Heroes: British Cinema in the Seventies and Eighties, Harrap, 1985 p 79
- Harper, Sue (2011). British Film Culture in the 1970s: The Boundaries of Pleasure: The Boundaries of Pleasure. Edinburgh University Press. p. 211.
- "Tony G. Marshall's "That'll be the Stardust!"". CosmicDwellings.com. Retrieved 3 August 2019.