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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...

  1. Julien Temple


  2. Colin MacInnes


  3. Richard Burridge


  4. Christopher Wicking


  5. Don MacPherson


Top Billed Cast

  1. Eddie O'Connell

    Eddie O'Connell

    Colin, Photographer / Narrator

  2. Patsy Kensit

    Patsy Kensit


  3. David Bowie

    David Bowie

    Vendice Partners

  4. James Fox

    James Fox

    Henley of Mayfair, Dressmaker to the Queen

  5. Mandy Rice-Davies

    Mandy Rice-Davies

    Flora, Colin's Mum

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Status Released

Release Information

  • January 1, 1986


    Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13. Films given this rating may contain sexual content, brief or partial nudity, some strong language and innuendo, humor, mature themes, political themes, terror and/or intense action violence. However, bloodshed is rarely present. This is the minimum rating at which drug content is present.

Original Language English

Runtime 1h 48m

Budget -

Revenue -



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