starring: Olivia Newton-John · Benny Thomas · Vic Cooper
· Karl Chambers · Imogen Hassall
Here's Olivia Newton-John's Mega-Rare debut film,
produced eight years before Grease.
this one is so rare that for many years there was speculation that it
didn't exist at all.
Even today only few people have actually seen it.
producer Don Kirshner put the project together in the late 60s. He had
seen much success with the creation of the Monkees in 1966 and wanted
to update the formula with a band that represented the [pseudo] hippie
flower generation. Perhaps - as some sources claim - Kirshner was
spread too thin during this time. He was producing and hosting a weekly
concert TV series (Don Kirshner's Rock Concert), attempting to keep the
Monkees relevant to their fans, and was helming his
newly developed Archies franchise (TV series and music group
riding the success of their Sugar Sugar #1 hit single in '68).
As a result, he turned most production for the newly created Toomorrow
franchise over to the movie's writer/director Val Guest. Reportedly, Kirshner
was unhappy with the film's "mature theme" and SciFi elements
and abandoned the project midstream. Unfortunately - or fortunately, considering
Newton-John's future success- TOOMORROW was not
a hit and was abandoned after only playing British theaters for a week
is the story
an alien race - secretly hovering in the skies over the earth - who stumble
upon the music of Olivia and her pop band. Seemingly, the aliens have
been dying from the lack of stimulation produced from their own computerized
music and are rejuvenated by an element in Toomorrow's sound. A
convoluted plan is hatched by the aliens to kidnap the band and bring
them back to their home planet [rather than simply taking a couple records
back home]. After the abduction, the aliens learn that the band needs
external influences in order to reproduce the desired impact. So, they
come up with a plan that involves capturing and transporting the band
- intact with its audience - to their dying planet.
As a side note, this film was written and directed by legendary British
filmmaker Al Guest, best known for movies like WHEN DINOSAURS RULES THE
EARTH (as well as the genre classic Quatermass Experiment series
and The Day the Earth Caught Fire). Mr Guest, died in May of 2006
from cancer at age 92.
A British film in English
language; widescreen format (16:9), uncut version (90 min.), DVD encoded
for ALL REGION NTSC WORLD FORMAT, playable on any American machine. Extras
include theatrical trailers.
Intended for Mature Audiences