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The Music Machine (1979)

| Drama, Music | May 1979 (UK)
Lovely live venue The Music Machine in Camden provides the glitzy glitter-ball backdrop for this hugely entertaining North London disco dance contest drama.

Director:

Ian Sharp

Writers:

James Kenelm Clarke (screenplay), Ian Sharp (outline)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Gerry Sundquist ... Gerry Pearson
David Easter David Easter ... Howard
Michael Feast ... Nick Dryden (as Mickey Feast)
Ferdy Mayne ... Basil Silverman
Clarke Peters ... Laurie
Richard LeParmentier ... Jay Reltano (as Richard Parmentier)
Billy McColl Billy McColl ... Mark
Chrissy Wickham Chrissy Wickham ... Sue
Frances Lowe Frances Lowe ... Sharon
Johnnie Wade Johnnie Wade ... Mr. Pearson (as Johnny Wade)
Mandy Perryment Mandy Perryment ... Candy
Gary Shail Gary Shail ... Aldo
Brenda Fricker ... Mrs. Pearson
Thomas Baptiste ... Claire's Father
John Gorman John Gorman ... Newsagent
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Lovely live venue The Music Machine in Camden provides the glitzy glitter-ball backdrop for this hugely entertaining North London disco dance contest drama.

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The Funkiest Disco in town plays host to a competition . . . See more »

Genres:

Drama | Music

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

May 1979 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Music Machine See more »

Filming Locations:

London, England, UK

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

The name of the disco nightclub was "The Music Machine". See more »

Connections

Referenced in Aberraciones sexuales de un diputado (1982) See more »

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So bad it's good
1 March 2005 | by ralovellSee all my reviews

Check out this movie if you want to see a low-rent pastiche of Saturday Night Fever. Gerry is our zero (sorry, hero) stuck in rainy, 70's, low-aspiration North London, dreaming of a way out. Yes, there's a dance contest ("North London vs South London" - Music Machine vs Idon'tknowtheotherone)..yes there's a mid-Atlantic voiced DJ, yes there's an arch bad-guy (the gap-toothed bloke who appears in Sade's Smooth Operator video, fact-fans) and, superbly, there's big-name star-quality in the shape of Patti Boulaye in a bronze Ford Capri MkII with a beige vinyl roof. This was before the glitzy glamour of imported European lager (ok, maybe Skol or Lowenbrau were a treat)...instead halves of bitter and cheesy chat up lines fired at the out-of-his-league "bird" - "Can I get you a drink?" "I'm alright thanks.." "I know you're alright, but can I get you a drink...?". Always a winner. A brilliant film. (Another lyric - 'Dancin' on a Saturdy night..hopin' that there won't be a fight..' They don't write em like that any more)


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