Quadrophenia

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Overview

This film version of the Who's rock opera Quadrophenia makes a few tentative stabs at "explaining" the alienation of 1960s British working-class youth, but its major selling point is its nonstop rock-and-R&B musical score, including the hit single "Love Reign O'er Me." Phil Daniels replacing the original opera's Roger Daltrey plays Jimmy, a member of a well-dressed, drugged-up teenaged gang called the Mods, forever duking it out with the cycle-punk Rockers. The rivalry between the two gangs comes to a head ...
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Overview

This film version of the Who's rock opera Quadrophenia makes a few tentative stabs at "explaining" the alienation of 1960s British working-class youth, but its major selling point is its nonstop rock-and-R&B musical score, including the hit single "Love Reign O'er Me." Phil Daniels replacing the original opera's Roger Daltrey plays Jimmy, a member of a well-dressed, drugged-up teenaged gang called the Mods, forever duking it out with the cycle-punk Rockers. The rivalry between the two gangs comes to a head during three tempestuous days in the seaside town of Brighton. Here Jimmy makes love to lovely local Steph Leslie Ash, and forges a strong friendship with unofficial Mod leader Ace Face Sting. A series of disappointments and setbacks in his own London neighborhood convinces Jimmy to return to Brighton to pick up the pieces. If you aren't fascinated by the visual pyrotechnics of Quadrophenia, just close your eyes and revel to the soundtrack music of the Who, James Brown, Marvin Gaye, the Chiffons, Manfred Man, and many others.
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Special Features

New audio commentary featuring director Franc Roddam and Tufano; Trailers; New interview with Bill Curbishley; New interview with the Who's sound engineer, Bob Pridden; Segment on the film from a 1979 episode of the BBC series Talking Pictures; Segment from a 1964 episode of the French news program Sept jours du monde; Seize millions de jeunes: "Mods"
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Mark Deming
While Tommy was the Who's best-known concept album (and probably their best-known album, period), their 1973 release Quadrophenia was a far stronger and more personal narrative work, and while group leader and principal songwriter Pete Townshend allowed Ken Russell to turn Tommy into an entertaining but overcooked bit of pop-art lunacy, the Who kept far tighter reigns on Quadrophenia, and the result (produced by the group and directed by Franc Roddam) was an intelligent and incisive bit of teen-centric kitchen-sink drama. Though Phil Daniels' performance as the young Mod Jimmy never quite makes him seem as if he has a split personality, he does manage to make the confusion and chaos of his violent mood swings vivid and believable, and he's easily several steps ahead of the typical "troubled youth" of the movies. Equally memorable are Ray Winstone as Jimmy's rocker cousin Kevin, Leslie Ash as ideal Mod girl Steph, and Sting, who says practically nothing but radiates waves of icy charisma as the Ace Face. Cinematographer Brian Tufano and production designer Simon Holland give the film a hard sheen that's at once gritty and superbly evocative, and director Roddam gives the film an emotional gravity that sets it apart from the usual run of juvie fare from either side of the Atlantic. In short, this is a rare example of a rock-oriented film that's compelling and effective even if you don't like the music.
Village Voice - Amy Taubin
It remains one of the most wrenching films about adolescent angst, thanks largely to the performance of Phil Daniels as Jimmy, a lower-middle-class 19-year-old whose identity as a mod is his only defense against a dead-end future.... In Quadrophenia, the music is the landscape, and the best aspect of this new print is that the sound still has the quality of a worn LP.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/14/2012
  • UPC: 715515097116
  • Original Release: 1979
  • Rating:

  • Source: Criterion
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Language: English
  • Time: 2:00:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 4,644

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Phil Daniels Jimmy Michael Cooper
Mark Wingett Dave
Philip Davis Chalky
Sting Ace Face
Leslie Ash Steph
Garry Cooper Peter
Trevor Laird Ferdy
Kate Williams Mother
Michael Elphick Father
Kim Neve Yvonne
Ray Winstone Kevin
Gary Shail Spider
John Bindon Harry
Jeremy Child Aganey Man
Gary Holton Leader of Rockers
George Innes Cafe Owner
Hugh Lloyd Mr. Cale
P.H. Moriarty Barman at Villain Club
Daniel Peacock Danny
John Phillips Magistrate
Olivier Pierre Tailor
Timothy Spall Projectionist
Benjamin Whitrow Mr. Fulford
Toyah Willcox Monkey
Technical Credits
Franc Roddam Director, Screenwriter
Roy Baird Producer
Sean Barton Editor
Ray Corbett Asst. Director
Bill Curbishley Producer
Roger Daltrey Executive Producer, Musical Direction/Supervision
John Entwistle Score Composer, Executive Producer, Musical Direction/Supervision
Gillian Gregory Choreography
Simon Holland Production Designer
Dave Humphries Screenwriter
Keith Moon Executive Producer
John Peverall Associate Producer
Patsy Pollock Casting
Christopher Stamp Consultant/advisor
Martin Stellman Screenwriter
Mike Taylor Editor
Pete Townshend Score Composer, Executive Producer, Musical Direction/Supervision, Screenwriter
Brian Tufano Cinematographer
The Who Score Composer
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Quadrophenia
1. "The Real Me" [3:02]
2. The Goldhawk [2:41]
3. "Cut My Hair" [2:32]
4. A Day in the Life [6:47]
5. "My Generation" [7:42]
6. "I'm One" [6:03]
7. "F-A-S-T" [4:38]
8. Split Personality [9:34]
9. Pills for Brighton [13:18]
10. "Anyway, Anyhow, Anywhere" [3:10]
11. "Get Out and Stay Out" [:23]
12. Bank Holiday Weekend [3:38]
13. Ace Face [3:28]
14. "Quadrophenia" [5:48]
15. Chapter 15 [2:29]
16. "We Are the Mods" [12:33]
17. Home Sweet Home [4:32]
18. "It was a Giggle" [8:01]
19. "5:15" [3:32]
20. "Love Reign O'er Me" [3:12]
21. "Bell Boy" [3:26]
22. "I've Had Enough" [2:05]
23. "Doctor Jimmy" [5:00]
24. Color Bars [2:05]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- Quadrophenia
   Play the Movie
   Chapters
   Commentary
      Commentary: Off
      Commentary: On
   Trailers
   Audio Options
      Original 2.0 Soundtrack
      New 5.1 Surround Mix
      Commentary
Disc #2 -- Quadrophenia
   Talking Pictures
      Play
   Mods and Rockers
      Sept Jours du Monde
         Play
      Seize Millions de Jeunes: "Mods"
         Play
   Bill Curbishley
      Play
   Bob Pridden
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Finaly, a film that speaks to all teens who need to find a purpose in the world!

    This movies great. It can speak to all teens (or those who were)whose life seems to have no meaning and longing for a purpose and it expresses what and how they feel. The whole movie's great. It has great singing, choreography, acting, and being a musicle/rock opera all together. My only complaint is that no one from the Who appear in the film (unlike Tommy)and I think that Rodger Daltry could have played his original charecter better anyway. But other than that, the movie is great, and entertaining and I think that anyone who likes The Who or Sting or mods will love this movie, so shut up Amy Taubin!

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