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That's the Way of the World (1975)

Harvey Keitel , Ed Nelson , Sig Shore  |  PG |  DVD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)


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  • Actors: Harvey Keitel, Ed Nelson, Cynthia Bostick, Bert Parks, Jimmy Boyd
  • Directors: Sig Shore
  • Writers: Robert Lipsyte
  • Producers: Ron Gorton, Sig Shore, Phillip Fenty
  • Format: Color, NTSC
  • Language: English (DTS 5.1), English (Unknown)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Bci / Eclipse
  • DVD Release Date: July 18, 2006
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000FKO41Q
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #141,494 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "That's the Way of the World" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Commentary by Verdine White and Ralph Johnson of Earth Wind and Fire
  • Still and poster gallery
  • Trailers and TV spots
  • 8-page booklet with liner notes and photos

Editorial Reviews

Gritty, obscure musical drama stars Harvey Keitel as a talented young record producer who becomes embroiled in pop music's seamy underbelly when his clueless boss instructs him to ignore a hot new R&B act (played by Earth, Wind & Fire!) in favor of a troubled vocal trio. Cynthia Bostick, Ed Nelson, Bert Parks, and famed D.J. Murray the 'K' also star. Songs include the title track, "Shining Star" and "Reasons."

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Blacksplotation? February 27, 2008
Format:DVD
Irony? It's a pity. Back when this movie was originally made in 1975, movies starring black artists had a tendency to be short on plot, budget, & actual input from the actors. There was precious little input from the members of EWF, & the story line suffered. Of course Sig Shore of Superfly fame was notorious for these movies, & in true form the REAL stars of the movie, EWF,had little more than a cameo appearance in a movie named after their breakthrough LP. They litteraly mirrored the record labels brush off of the Group (EWF) in the movie. Although the live footage, & the instrumental backing done by EWF was stellar, there was precious little of it. Even Harvey Kietel couldn't save such a bad script. Sad to say most record companys still do business in this fashion, so the script comes off as sad but true. It's a fair assessment of the music & the blacksplotation films of the time, & a sad assessment of the music industry as a whole. Not a great film, but entertaining none the less. Outside of EWF's music, I'd say the plot reeks of Saturday Night Fever psydo drama. If you're a big EWF fan, you'll enjoy their music, but be prepared for a long wait to get to it. Rare film. The movie is OK.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Lost film of 1975 May 26, 2006
Format:DVD
The movie that explains their awesome breaktrough album That's the Way of the World(1975 CBS Records)album soundtrack. Here is a copy of the official press release:

Thursday, May 04, 2006

That's the Way of the World press release

Current mood: excited

Category: Movies, TV, Celebrities

CELEBRATE THE 70S AS BCI PRESENTS THE FILM DEBUT OF THE LEGENDARY EARTH, WIND & FIRE

THATS THE WAY OF THE WORLD

First Time on Home VideoAvailable July 18th For $19.98;

Coinciding with Earth, Wind & Fires Summer Concert Tour;

Breakthrough Film Score Features Classic Hits

Shining Star and Reasons

Also Available This Summer in HD-DVD Format

Los Angeles, CA Theyre one of the most inspirational, influential and successful bands in music history, and have consistently changed the face of R&B and pop music over the past 35 years. In 1975, their breakthrough hits Shining Star and Reasons were the featured songs on the soundtrack for the film Thats the Way of the World. Fresh on the heels of their 23rd album, Illumination, BCI, a wholly owned subsidiary of Navarre Corporation, will release this long thought lost film Thats the Way of the World on DVD July 18th, at a suggested retail price of $19.98. The title will also be available this summer in the HD-DVD format. Featuring an array of special features, Thats the Way of the World explores the politics that surround the recording industry and a producer trying to fight the system, and stars Harvey Keitel and Earth, Wind & Fire.

Earth, Wind & Fire has reached iconic status in the music industry, earning a plethora of accolades too numerous to mention, said Ed Goetz, President, BCI.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not great, but worth owning for gung-ho EWF fans... April 20, 2012
By BiggO
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
When I got my own copy of the "That's the Way of the World" album in 7th grade (around '87), I noticed "hidden text" that said that it was the soundtrack to a movie of the same name. I'd always wanted to see the movie, and since I AM a gung-ho EWF fan, that's why I bought it.

As a movie, IT'S NOT GREAT. The acting is sub-par (and that's saying A LOT since this came out during the so-called "Blaxploitation" era), and it seems that the writers rely on cliches in portraying many of the characters. I give the Maurice White and the other cats an "A" for effort for the little bit of acting they try to do, though. They're not in the movie very much. Like others have said, there's only a little bit of live peformance footage.

From the perspective of a musician, FUNKATEER, and EWF lover, though, the opening scene of the movie is what I enjoyed the most...seeing the cats in a simulated studio situation. For other connoisseurs of soul, a real treat is getting to see footage and hear the voice of Charles Stepney (who tries some acting), EWF's legendary producer and arranger. Also there are a couple of montage's demonstrating the recording/creative process. These were truly pleasures to watch.

As far as the extras were concerned, no big whoop. I was particularly disappointed with the commentary. Ralph Johnson's voice came through loud and clear, but it sounded like Verdine White was on the other side of the room without a mic and was largely hard to understand throughout. How the producers of the package allowed that to happen is beyond me.

All in all, it you're an EWF completist, you should own this DVD...just BECAUSE. For the rest of you, well, you can take it or leave it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My Finacee is a happy man!!! May 11, 2010
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My fiancee has been looking for this movie for years. He told me EW&F was in a movie with the same name as their album, but I didn"t believe him. He has watch this movie over and over since he got it. Thanks!!! A happy man makes a happy home! :)
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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The score for this film is, without doubt, a work of utter brilliance and the highlight of the film. But before I get underway, I would like to address comments made by Fernando Gonzalez dated October 29, 2007 where he, being uncomfortable with the brilliance of Earth, Wind and Fire and wanting to try and downplay their obvious significance, makes several rather ridiculous statements.

He's clearly a Beatles fan and unable to cope with a band who forged their own path and did things that quite frankly were not done before as The Elements. I was curious were this came from, so I read the other reviews listed here and didn't see anyone that mentioned the Beatles but were giving praise, rightfully so, to The Elements.

Let me first say that while I respect what the Beatles did, it is completely uninformed to think that they are the "center of the musical universe" for every artist. To try and down play Earth, Wind and Fire's undeniable and historical influence to build up the Beatles makes no sense. There is absolutely nothing the Beatles did that Earth, Wind and Fire didn't do and they were an overall superior band. Earth, Wind and Fire are the "center of the musical universe" for many artists who have stated so over and over again.

Let's be clear, Verdine White liked the Beatles, he stated that it was his brothers Maurice and Fred who were his main influences along with Motown. I've read no articles nor seen any interviews where any other band member and they were 9 members strong who list the Beatles as any type of influence. So in response to another statement made in the review "I'm sure Maurice is happy about any comparisons to the Beatles" quite frankly, this doesn't hold water.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Nostalgia is good. Finally we can see it
Good to see EWF as youngsters. Story line was ok but somewhat predictable. Harvey Kitel was good even then. Maurice was good
Published 1 month ago by M. H. james
5.0 out of 5 stars That's the way of the world
I remember the commercials about this movie back in the 70s but it was never released to a movie theater in Michigan so when I noticed you guy's had the movie I had to order it. Read more
Published 2 months ago by daryl
5.0 out of 5 stars What the music business is really all about.
Back deals, False representation, pay to play, Harvey Keitel plays a super producer with that talent of spotting and talent and the ability of bringing out the best from them. Read more
Published 4 months ago by columbus tillman
5.0 out of 5 stars EWF awesomeness
The movie was a pleasant surprise. I saw Maurice in a different way. A smart businessman besides being a mountain of talent. Harvey is always a cool guy. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Brenda
4.0 out of 5 stars ewf
Love it . All great songs. Reasons is the best. I like the mix. For the real fans this is great.
Published 5 months ago by slash
4.0 out of 5 stars answers the question "Why is Popular Music today so lame?",
as another reviewer here has pointed out. This is a low budget movie that I personally highly recommend for one reason: There are scenes in it that explain why bad/weak music and... Read more
Published 7 months ago by L. Hunt
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow
I had been listening to the soundtrack for years, which ranks among the finest music ever made, but never saw the movie itself. Thanks to modern technology, now I have.
Published 10 months ago by David Lubega
2.0 out of 5 stars painful
wow. what a painful watch. banal plot, awful acting, and abysmal direction. . as an EWF fan, the only saving grace is the music and getting to hear Maurice and some of the other... Read more
Published 10 months ago by 2tellthetruth
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Earth Wind and Fire World Fame Film Deput!!
I bought the soundrack vynil LP back in 1978 and aquired the film only weeks ago. Great historical viewing of two careers emerging onto their respective stages, Harvey Keitel's... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Tim Phillips
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it
I am a die hard Earth, Wind and Fire fan. I always wanted to see this movie. While E,W & F won't get any Oscar's for acting it was entertaining none the less.
Published 15 months ago by damoeman10
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