That's the Way of the World


Drama / Music

IMDb Rating 6.2


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100 min
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Reviewed by Sylviastel 7

This film was featured on the Decades You Were Born in 1970s. While the film could be forgettable, Harvey Keitel stands out as Coleman Buckmaster, a New York City music producer. The film has a largely forgettable storyline and romance between Coleman and Amanda. Coleman's entire life was dedicated to music. He goes to a party with music industry people. He wants to promote his group over a lily white singing group from Florida. His relationship with Amanda grows from their first meeting. The film is satisfactory overall. I enjoyed seeing New York City in the 1970s. Other then Keitel and Earth, Wind and Fire, I don't see many familiar names in the cast. If you're a devout Harvey Keitel fan, you will see this film as his breakout as a leading actor.

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Reviewed by lonearrngr-1 8

I haven&#39;t seen this film since it came out in the mid 70s, but I do recall it as being a very realistic portrayal of the music business ( right up there with Paul Simons &quot;One Trick Pony &quot; ..another vastly underrated film IMO )<br/><br/>Harvey Keitel does an excellent job as a producer caught between the music he believes in , and the commercial &quot;tripe&quot; the record company &quot;suits&quot; want him to work with.<br/><br/>Since I spent my entire career in the music business as a composer /arranger /producer, I can really vouch for the verisimilitude this film possesses. <br/><br/>If it should ever come out on DVD uncut, I&#39;d buy it!

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Reviewed by TheFearmakers 7

One of those movies that you don&#39;t hear a lot about, and it&#39;s not bad, really, for a music group&#39;s outright propaganda piece: herein promoting the soulful funk/disco outfit Earth, Wind &amp; Fire. And with Harvey Keitel as a sane version of record-producing phenom Phil Spector, this should&#39;ve been a goldmine... or at least silver...<br/><br/>But the problem with THAT&#39;S THE WAY OF THE WORLD is it spends too much time on an uninteresting romance between Keitel&#39;s Coleman Buckmaster and the lead singer of a white milquetoast singing trio, who have as little talent as Earth, Wind &amp; Fire&#39;s fictional band The Group has soul and motivation...<br/><br/>Sadly, we only see the latter jamming twice: the best during an opening credit sequence liken to, say, a car racing flick with a line of rod rods revving at the starting gate as The Group warms up each instrument with funky delight...<br/><br/>Then when Keitel&#39;s given the task to instead record a single for the other outfit, called The Pages, the ingenue alone is the best thing going: But mostly for her looks: think exploitation starlet Angel Tompkins had she joined The Partridge Family...<br/><br/>Introducing Cynthia Bostick as one of those progressive 1970&#39;s women who says what she means and holds little back, acting like cocky go-to dudes did in the 1950&#39;s while making the producer/artist courtship anything but subtle, or intriguing. She practically throws herself into Keitel&#39;s arms, and there could have been some worthy sparks flying, especially in the recording studio where things go way too easily for both...<br/><br/>As an actress, Bostick only has three credits to her name (the rest on television). And ironically, the only other potentially great character is played by a tough looking Italian with this his sole effort, named Charles McGregor, as a mobster-like industry mogul, who seems more fitting a movie where a far too subdued Keitel would have fit much better. He has a way of making threats without saying much to his sellout underlings Michael Dante and Ed Nelson, both repeating the exposition/plotline mantra: that Keitel&#39;s &quot;Buck&quot; needs to think about money over artistic integrity...<br/><br/>So it&#39;s that much more frustrating for Earth, Wind &amp; Fire not having a more active part, musically and otherwise, and it seems like Maurice White and company were ready and willing: this could have been their very own ROCK AND ROLL HIGH SCHOOL, and four years beforehand.<br/><br/>Ultimately, a fantastic twist end explaining how Keitel bedded down the ingenue so quickly, and without any obstacles, makes up for the slow, uneventful buildup. But overall, as an attempted realistic/edgy glimpse into the music industry, THAT&#39;S THE WAY OF THE WORLD simply doesn&#39;t pay enough dues.

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