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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.


Ian Sharp


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


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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


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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First Saturday Night Fever, then Grease, now...The Music Machine See more »


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Release Date:

May 1979 (UK) See more »

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London, England, UK

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1.66 : 1
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The movie was inspired and influenced by Saturday Night Fever (1977) which had been made and released around a couple of years earlier. See more »


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

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Appaling 70's Kitsch
11 July 2000 | by roadofloveSee all my reviews

From the very outset this movie attempts to rip-off all that was hip and trendy in late 70's England. The title track "Music Machine/If you go I'll see you there/Down at the Music Machine" leads us mesmerisingly into a land of suburban high rise chaos where a working boy who wants to escape the grind of his daily life has only the local disco to look to. His chosen love is infatuated by the current disco king, so our hero decides to take lessons in order to impress her. Despite the thumping soundtrack it rapidly becomes obvious that the chosen actor actually cannot dance at all, so all disco scenes are shot showing only his face. Anyway, after a lot of minor plot detail he hooks up with a talented rich black disco dancer chick who helps him to win the local disco dance off. While his former infatuation is now begging to be his squeeze, he realises her shallowness and vanity and so devotes himself to things which matter more. Overall a pleasant pastiche of 70's England which can be seen again in the more modern Velvet Goldmine.

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