Stardust (1974 film)
|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.)
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."
Following on from the events in the late 1950s/early 1960s of That'll Be the Day, the characters Jim Maclaine, Jeanette, and J.D. have moved into the mid 1960s/early 1970s and the growing career of aspiring rock star MacLaine. MacLaine has assembled a group of musicians and formed the band the Stray Cats, he seeks out his old friend Mike to become the band’s road manager. Mike acquires a new van, accommodation, and a recording session for the group. MacLaine soon becomes a massive star and is plunged into the centre of media attention. He indulges in casual sex and heavy drug use and the film documents the detrimental effects of this success on MacLaine and his relationship with his friends and colleagues. In particular, MacLaine’s long-standing friendship with manager Mike is now soured by money and success.
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 nominations
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.
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.