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I also remember the number of times I tuned into MTV for David Bowie's video, which included clips from that movie. I finally saw it on TV and I was blown away.
Colin is the main character and narrator of this story. It's the long hot summer of 1958. Rationing was over, and Britain was rebuilt, thanks to the Marshall Plan--now it was time for Britain to have fun with their own pop culture explosion. Colin has a lot of colourful friends. There's Wizard, pickpocket and entrepreneur out for a fast pound, Cool, the African trumpet player, the flamboyant Fabulous Hotlife, described as "our own Oscar Wilde," Dean Swift, "a modern jazz creation," and Big Jill, a hefty but friendly lesbian. And yes, there's the luscious Suzette, Colin's love interest, whose wanting to make it to the fashion big-time causes a rift between them.
Suzette does make it big, attracting the attention of her boss, Henley of Mayfair (James Fox). She comes onstage in a daring glittering black mini, and does the hot jazz number "Va Va Voom" with some African dancers.
Colin spends time taking snaps at the neon glitter and sights of the London nightlife, but doesn't want to go mainstream. "It's not that I've got anything against money. It's just what you have to do to get it." He eventually does pictures for Harry Charms (Lionel Blair), an oily talent searcher and agent with a penchant for young boys. It's actually gratifying when his protege Baby Boom shoves a microphone full force in his happy sacks.Read more ›
Despite what many critics may say, this is an awesome movie/musical. It's kind of like "The Music Man" meets "Quadrophenia" meets "Streets of Fire." Very cool indeed.
Story involves the emergence of Soho in the very early 1960's. The whole Mod scene was just catching on and times were about to get very interesting, as the whole Northern Soul and R&B sound was about to explode. Features an awesome David Bowie, and, as always, the dazzling (despite being somewhat talent-hungry) Patsy Kensit. Add to this, an impeccable soundtrack.
I recall that when it came out, I first got the soundtrack lp just for the Vespa on the front. (Since I collect them, as well as Lambrettas). Then, I flipped the lp over and saw the features. Three words sealed the deal for me: "The Style Council." Paul Weller and Mick Talbot are still among my personal idols.
Get this movie. It's very good and I know you won't regret it. Also get for "Quadrophenia" featuring very young "bell-boy" Sting. It too captures the mod scene very well, and the clashes with greasers and the infamous "Rumble in Brighton" of which Sezter (a la the Stray Cats) sang.
Also, check out "Streets of Fire" and "Something Wild." Particularly the latter has an INCREDIBLE soundtrack.
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Awesome movie!!!! ❤️❤️❤️ Not hard to find 😊 I got it at Walmart for $14.95. I've loved this move since childhood, I unfortunately could not afford $99 especially not for a DVD.Published 29 days ago by Amazon Customer
Great movie with amazing musical performances and dancing. Ray Davies' performance of the song "Quiet Life" alone makes the price for the DVD worth the money. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Nate the Skate
Hard to find this movie anywhere, so I was very happy it was available here. This is a musical with a very wide range of cameo appearances and some great music. Read morePublished 12 months ago by John Howard
I loved this movie when it first came out, and it was worth the wait to see it all again. Even for a "period piece", a staged musical, and a product of the 80s, it remains a great... Read morePublished on October 22, 2011 by Karen Murphy
As previously mentioned ABSOLUTE BEGINNERS is a absolute required view for the 'serious film buff'. Every aspect from production to lighting is flawless! Read morePublished on October 13, 2010 by Paul Davis
Absolute Beginners was a real "Blast from the Past". a star-studded adventure set in the post-blitz era of mod bohemian England. Read morePublished on October 10, 2010 by Paul Davis
I saw this film in its initial theatrical release in 1986, and enjoyed it quite a bit. For the most part, it holds up many years later. Read morePublished on October 9, 2010 by Grant Lupher
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