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* VillainRecruitmentSong: "That's Motivation" for Vendice -- and it works, if only temporarily.

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* VillainRecruitmentSong: "That's Motivation" for Vendice -- and it works, if only temporarily.temporarily.
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* ActorAllusion: Ray Davies' character is named "Arthur", after Music/TheKinks' 1969 ConceptAlbum.


While that may sound like an issue drama, the movie is in fact a musical, featuring not only Bowie, but also music by [[Music/TheKinks Ray Davies]], Music/GilEvans, and Music/{{Sade}}, among others. Despite heavy promotion by Creator/{{MTV}}, the movie was a flop on release, but has since gained somewhat of a cult following, despite criticism of how different it was from the novel.

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While that may sound like an issue drama, the movie is in fact a musical, featuring not only Bowie, but also music by [[Music/TheKinks Ray Davies]], Music/GilEvans, Gil Evans, and Music/{{Sade}}, among others. Despite heavy promotion by Creator/{{MTV}}, the movie was a flop on release, but has since gained somewhat of a cult following, despite criticism of how different it was from the novel.



* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: Harry Charms, clearly meant to be Larry Parnes the record mogul and manager of teen sensation Billy Fury.

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Harry Charms, clearly meant to be Larry Parnes the record mogul and manager of teen sensation Billy Fury. Fury.
** The unnamed leader of the white supremacists is very clearly based on British Union of Fascists leader [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oswald_Mosley Sir Oswald Mosley]].


* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: Harry Charms, clearly meant to be Larry Parnes the record mogul and manager of teen sensation Billy Fury. Veers a little towards UnfortunateImplications, as Parnes was homosexual and [[DepravedHomosexual Harry Charms]] is a [[AllGaysArePedophiles predatory pedophile]] who uses his position to literally scout for boys- and it's PlayedForLaughs.

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* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: Harry Charms, clearly meant to be Larry Parnes the record mogul and manager of teen sensation Billy Fury. Veers a little towards UnfortunateImplications, as Parnes was homosexual and [[DepravedHomosexual Harry Charms]] is a [[AllGaysArePedophiles predatory pedophile]] who uses his position to literally scout for boys- and it's PlayedForLaughs.


While that may sound like an issue drama, the movie is in fact a musical, featuring not only Bowie, but also music by [[TheKinks Ray Davies]], GilEvans, and {{Sade}}, among others. Despite heavy promotion by {{MTV}}, the movie was a flop on release, but has since gained somewhat of a cult following, despite criticism of how different it was from the novel.

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While that may sound like an issue drama, the movie is in fact a musical, featuring not only Bowie, but also music by [[TheKinks [[Music/TheKinks Ray Davies]], GilEvans, Music/GilEvans, and {{Sade}}, Music/{{Sade}}, among others. Despite heavy promotion by {{MTV}}, Creator/{{MTV}}, the movie was a flop on release, but has since gained somewhat of a cult following, despite criticism of how different it was from the novel.



* TheCameo: Ray Davies (of TheKinks) and Mandy Rice-Davies (notorious for being a minor player in the Profumo scandal in TheSixties) appear briefly as Colin's parents.

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* TheCameo: Ray Davies (of TheKinks) Music/TheKinks) and Mandy Rice-Davies (notorious for being a minor player in the Profumo scandal in TheSixties) appear briefly as Colin's parents.


* TroubledProduction: Went hugely overbudget during its production, was critically panned and failed at the box office. Considered an OldShame for most of the cast, especially Bowie.


* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: Harry Charms, clearly meant to be Larry Parnes the record mogul and manager of teen sensation Billy Fury.

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* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: Harry Charms, clearly meant to be Larry Parnes the record mogul and manager of teen sensation Billy Fury. Veers a little towards UnfortunateImplications, as Parnes was homosexual and [[DepravedHomosexual Harry Charms]] is a [[AllGaysArePedophiles predatory pedophile]] who uses his position to literally scout for boys- and it's PlayedForLaughs.


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* TroubledProduction: Went hugely overbudget during its production, was critically panned and failed at the box office. Considered an OldShame for most of the cast, especially Bowie.


* EvilPlan: As it turns out, [[spoiler: the white supremacists are being encouraged/employed by Vendice, Henley, et.al. to drive minorities out of Notting Hill. That would allow them to buy up the tenements cheaply, knock them down, and build luxury apartments in their place]].

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* EvilPlan: As it turns out, [[spoiler: the white supremacists are being encouraged/employed by Vendice, Henley, et.al. to [[RealEstateScam drive minorities out of Notting Hill. That would allow them to buy up the tenements cheaply, knock them down, and build luxury apartments in their place]].place]]]].


->''I remember that hot, wonderful summer. When the teenage miracle reached full bloom and everyone in England stopped what they were doing to stare at what had happened. The Soho nights were cool in the heat, with light and music in the streets. And we couldn't believe that this was really coming to us at last. Nobody knew exactly why. But after so many dreary years of bombs and blitz and slow rebuilding; no sugar, no jam, nothing sweet anywhere; with the whole English world dressed in gray, it seemed, forever. Suddenly life broke out in warm colors again, so young and beautiful that a lot of people couldn't stand to look at it. For the first time ever, kids were teenagers. They had loot, however come by, and loot's for spending. And where there's loot, trouble follows.''
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'''''Absolute Beginners''''' is a 1986 musical drama directed by music video director Julien Temple, [[TheFilmOfTheBook and based on the cult novel by Colin [=MacInnes=].]] Set in London during [[TheFifties the late fifties]], it chronicles the story of Colin (Eddie O'Connell), a struggling young mod photographer, and Suzette (Patsy Kensit), his fashion model girlfriend. Suzette loves Colin, but is more ambitious than he is, so she gets a job working for Henley (James Fox), a top designer, and through chance, ends up being the showcase of his latest campaign, which is cashing in on the new teen craze. Colin reluctantly ends up working for Harry Charms (Lionel Blair), a pop promoter, but is afraid of selling out. He also catches the eye of Vendice Partners (Music/DavidBowie), an unscrupulous businessman. Meanwhile, the neighborhood Colin lives in -- Notting Hill -- seems like a perfect combination of energy, music and cultural harmony. But there's trouble brewing as a group of white supremacists start causing trouble, especially when Colin finds out who's behind them...

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->''I ->''"I remember that hot, wonderful summer. When the teenage miracle reached full bloom and everyone in England stopped what they were doing to stare at what had happened. The Soho nights were cool in the heat, with light and music in the streets. And we couldn't believe that this was really coming to us at last. Nobody knew exactly why. But after so many dreary years of bombs and blitz and slow rebuilding; no sugar, no jam, nothing sweet anywhere; with the whole English world dressed in gray, it seemed, forever. Suddenly life broke out in warm colors again, so young and beautiful that a lot of people couldn't stand to look at it. For the first time ever, kids were teenagers. They had loot, however come by, and loot's for spending. And where there's loot, trouble follows.''
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'''''Absolute Beginners''''' ''Absolute Beginners'' is a 1986 musical drama directed by music video director Julien Temple, [[TheFilmOfTheBook and based on the cult novel by Colin [=MacInnes=].]] Set in London during [[TheFifties the late fifties]], it chronicles the story of Colin (Eddie O'Connell), a struggling young mod photographer, and Suzette (Patsy Kensit), his fashion model girlfriend. Suzette loves Colin, but is more ambitious than he is, so she gets a job working for Henley (James Fox), a top designer, and through chance, ends up being the showcase of his latest campaign, which is cashing in on the new teen craze. Colin reluctantly ends up working for Harry Charms (Lionel Blair), a pop promoter, but is afraid of selling out. He also catches the eye of Vendice Partners (Music/DavidBowie), an unscrupulous businessman. Meanwhile, the neighborhood Colin lives in -- Notting Hill -- seems like a perfect combination of energy, music and cultural harmony. But there's trouble brewing as a group of white supremacists start causing trouble, especially when Colin finds out who's behind them...



* VillainRecruitmentSong: "That's Motivation" for Vendice -- and it works, if only temporarily.

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* VillainRecruitmentSong: "That's Motivation" for Vendice -- and it works, if only temporarily.


'''''Absolute Beginners''''' is a musical drama directed by music video director Julien Temple, [[TheFilmOfTheBook and based on the cult novel by Colin [=MacInnes=].]] Set in London during [[TheFifties the late fifties]], it chronicles the story of Colin (Eddie O'Connell), a struggling young mod photographer, and Suzette (Patsy Kensit), his fashion model girlfriend. Suzette loves Colin, but is more ambitious than he is, so she gets a job working for Henley (James Fox), a top designer, and through chance, ends up being the showcase of his latest campaign, which is cashing in on the new teen craze. Colin reluctantly ends up working for Harry Charms (Lionel Blair), a pop promoter, but is afraid of selling out. He also catches the eye of Vendice Partners (Music/DavidBowie), an unscrupulous businessman. Meanwhile, the neighborhood Colin lives in -- Notting Hill -- seems like a perfect combination of energy, music and cultural harmony. But there's trouble brewing as a group of white supremacists start causing trouble, especially when Colin finds out who's behind them...

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'''''Absolute Beginners''''' is a 1986 musical drama directed by music video director Julien Temple, [[TheFilmOfTheBook and based on the cult novel by Colin [=MacInnes=].]] Set in London during [[TheFifties the late fifties]], it chronicles the story of Colin (Eddie O'Connell), a struggling young mod photographer, and Suzette (Patsy Kensit), his fashion model girlfriend. Suzette loves Colin, but is more ambitious than he is, so she gets a job working for Henley (James Fox), a top designer, and through chance, ends up being the showcase of his latest campaign, which is cashing in on the new teen craze. Colin reluctantly ends up working for Harry Charms (Lionel Blair), a pop promoter, but is afraid of selling out. He also catches the eye of Vendice Partners (Music/DavidBowie), an unscrupulous businessman. Meanwhile, the neighborhood Colin lives in -- Notting Hill -- seems like a perfect combination of energy, music and cultural harmony. But there's trouble brewing as a group of white supremacists start causing trouble, especially when Colin finds out who's behind them...



* BillingDisplacement: Music/DavidBowie gets third billing even though he gets less screentime than most of the other antagonists -- mostly because he was by far the biggest name in the cast, especially for non-U.K. audiences.


* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: Harry Charms, clearly meant to be Larry Parnes the record mogul and manager of teen sensation Billy Fury. Veers a little towards UnfortunateImplications, as Parnes was homosexual and [[DepravedHomosexual Harry Charms]] is a [[AllGaysArePedophiles predatory pedophile]] who uses his position to literally scout for boys- and it's PlayedForLaughs.

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* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: Harry Charms, clearly meant to be Larry Parnes the record mogul and manager of teen sensation Billy Fury. Veers a little towards UnfortunateImplications, as Parnes was homosexual and [[DepravedHomosexual Harry Charms]] is a [[AllGaysArePedophiles predatory pedophile]] who uses his position to literally scout for boys- and it's PlayedForLaughs.


* AffablyEvil: From what the viewer can tell, Vendice Partners is a genuinely pleasant, friendly guy, and his charisma is a big reason his VillainRecruitmentSong temporarily proves effective. But that song is largely about how a life of glamour and dirty dealings tend to go hand in hand with each other, and he may well be the mastermind of the EvilPlan.

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* AffablyEvil: From what the viewer can tell, Vendice Partners is a genuinely pleasant, friendly guy, and his charisma is a big reason his VillainRecruitmentSong temporarily proves effective. But that song is largely about how a life of glamour and dirty dealings tend to go hand in hand with each other, and [[spoiler: he may well be the mastermind of one who came up with the EvilPlan.Evil Plan]].

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* AffablyEvil: From what the viewer can tell, Vendice Partners is a genuinely pleasant, friendly guy, and his charisma is a big reason his VillainRecruitmentSong temporarily proves effective. But that song is largely about how a life of glamour and dirty dealings tend to go hand in hand with each other, and he may well be the mastermind of the EvilPlan.


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* EvilPlan: As it turns out, [[spoiler: the white supremacists are being encouraged/employed by Vendice, Henley, et.al. to drive minorities out of Notting Hill. That would allow them to buy up the tenements cheaply, knock them down, and build luxury apartments in their place]].


* AwardBaitSong: The title tune.
* BigLippedAlligatorMoment: "That's Motivation", bizzare even by the film's standards. It has no bearing on the plot because it's a SellOut song, despite the fact there already is a song called Selling Out, it's way over the top, it comes out of nowhere, and David Bowie's character disappears for the rest of the movie save for a glimpse of him at the end.

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* AwardBaitSong: The title tune.
* BigLippedAlligatorMoment: "That's Motivation", bizzare even by the film's standards. It has no bearing on the plot because it's a SellOut song, despite the fact there already is a song called Selling Out, it's way over the top, it comes out of nowhere, and David Bowie's character disappears for the rest of the movie save for a glimpse of him at the end.
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* LowerClassLout: Ed the Ted and Colin's brother Vern.

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* BigLippedAlligatorMoment: "That's Motivation", bizzare even by the film's standards. It has no bearing on the plot because it's a SellOut song, despite the fact there already is a song called Selling Out, it's way over the top, it comes out of nowhere, and David Bowie's character disappears for the rest of the movie save for a glimpse of him at the end.


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* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: Harry Charms, clearly meant to be Larry Parnes the record mogul and manager of teen sensation Billy Fury. Veers a little towards UnfortunateImplications, as Parnes was homosexual and [[DepravedHomosexual Harry Charms]] is a [[AllGaysArePedophiles predatory pedophile]] who uses his position to literally scout for boys- and it's PlayedForLaughs.

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