That'll Be the Day


1h 30m 1974

Brief Synopsis

Abandoned by his father at an early age, Jim MacLaine seems to have inherited the old man's restlessness. Despite his apparent intelligence, Jim decides not to take the exams that would pave his way to university. He lives, for a time, a life consisting of dead-end jobs and meaningless sex, before returning home to work in his mother's shop. But still he can't settle down; he begins to think that the life of a pop musician might be the thing for him.

Film Details

MPAA Rating
Release Date
1974

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 30m
Sound
Mono
Color
Color (Technicolor)
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.85 : 1

Synopsis

Abandoned by his father at an early age, Jim MacLaine seems to have inherited the old man's restlessness. Despite his apparent intelligence, Jim decides not to take the exams that would pave his way to university. He lives, for a time, a life consisting of dead-end jobs and meaningless sex, before returning home to work in his mother's shop. But still he can't settle down; he begins to think that the life of a pop musician might be the thing for him.

Film Details

MPAA Rating
Release Date
1974

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 30m
Sound
Mono
Color
Color (Technicolor)
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.85 : 1

Quotes

Trivia

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 does not closely resemble the story in the song.

It is rumoured that Nilsson made a cameo appearance in the film which may have ended up on the cutting room floor.

Miscellaneous Notes

Released in United States Winter January 1, 1974

Released in United States 1974

Released in United States Winter January 1, 1974

Released in United States 1974 (Shown at FILMEX: Los Angeles International Film Exposition March 28 ¿ April 9, 1974)