Absolute Beginners

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A musical adaptation of Colin MacInnes' novel about life in late 1950s London. Nineteen-year-old photographer Colin is hopelessly in love with model Crepe Suzette, but her relationships are strictly connected with her progress in the fashion world. So Colin gets involved with a pop promoter and tries to crack the big time. Meanwhile, racial tension is brewing in Colin's Notting Hill housing estate...

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IMDB 5.6 (3k)


Music & Musical, Romance, Drama


1h 48min

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United Kingdom


Julien Temple


Eddie O'Connell
Colin, Photographer / Narrator
Patsy Kensit
James Fox
Henley of Mayfair, Dressmaker to the Queen
David Bowie
Vendice Partners
Ray Davies
Arthur, Colin's Dad
Mandy Rice-Davies
Flora, Colin's Mum
Eve Ferret
Big Jill
Tony Hippolyte
Mr. Cool
Graham Fletcher-Cook
Joseph McKenna
Fabulous Hoplite
Steven Berkoff
The Fanatic
Athene Duncannon (as Sade Adu)
Edward Tudor-Pole
Ed the Ted (as Tenpole Tudor)
Bruce Payne
Alan Freeman
Anita Morris
Dido Lament
Paul Rhys
Dean Swift
Julian Firth
The Misery Kid
Chris Pitt
Baby Boom
Lionel Blair
Harry Charms
Gary Beadle
Johnny Wonder
Robbie Coltrane
Jess Conrad
Cappuccino Man
Ronald Fraser
Amberley Drove
Slim Gaillard
Party Singer
Irene Handl
Mrs Larkin
Peter-Hugo Daly
Vern (as Peter Hugo-Daly)
Johnny Shannon
Sylvia Syms
Cynthia Eve
Ekow Abban
Santa Lucia Club Owner
Robert Austin
Slim Brother
Gerry Alexander
Ton-Up Vicar
Jim Dunk
Slim Brother
Johnny Edge
Trader Horn
Carmen Ejogo
Paul Fairminer
Eddie Sex
Pat Hartley
Ms Cool Snr
Astley Harvey
Mr Cool Snr
Colin Jeavons
Alfred Maron
Bert the Tailor
Zoot Money
Chez Nobody Barman (as G.B. (Zoot) Money)
Sandie Shaw
Baby Boom's Mother
Bruno Tonioli
Maltese Lodger
Eric Sykes
Arcade Attendant (uncredited)