That's the Way of the World (1975)

Genres - Drama  |   Sub-Genres - Rock Musical  |   Release Date - Jun 1, 1975 (USA - Unknown)  |   Run Time - 99 min.  |   Countries - USA  |   MPAA Rating - PG
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This cult favorite from director/producer Sig Shore featured the music of Earth, Wind and Fire and had a #1 soundtrack album, but went belly-up at the box-office. That's a shame, because what other film offers viewers Harvey Keitel as a record producer who skates at an all-black disco rink, Bert Parks as a child molester, and squeaky-clean singer Jimmy Boyd ("I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus") as a hardcase junkie? Other treats on hand include the manager of a Christian pop band threatening to stick an ice pick in Keitel's ear and appearances by noted disc jockeys Murray the K and Frankie Crocker. Amidst all of this insanity, Cynthia Bostick's female-lead turn as a Joplin-like junkie singer named Velour is lost. The film ends with a number of Earth, Wind and Fire songs, but by that point most viewers will be in bad-movie shellshock.

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behind-the-scenes, business, corruption, executive, gangster, ideals, power, promoter, record-producer, earth, fire, industry, music, music-business, record [world record], record-company, recording, stars [celebrities], wind [air]