Quadrophenia

Quadrophenia

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Director: Franc Roddam

Cast: Franc Roddam, Phil Daniels, Mark Wingett, Philip Davis

     
 

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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 aSee more details below

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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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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.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/14/2012
UPC:
0715515097017
Original Release:
1979
Rating:
NR
Source:
Criterion
Region Code:
A
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound]
Time:
2:00:00
Sales rank:
720

Special Features

New high-definition digital restoration of the uncut version
New audio commentary featuring director Franc Roddam and Tufano
Interview with Bill Curbishley, the film's coproducer and the Who's comanager
New interview with the Who's sound engineer, Bob Pridden
On-set and archival footage
Behind-the-scenes photographs
Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by critic Nick James

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
Toyah Willcox Monkey
Benjamin Whitrow Mr. Fulford
Daniel Peacock Danny
Jeremy Child Aganey Man
John Phillips Magistrate
Timothy Spall Projectionist
Olivier Pierre Tailor
George Innes Cafe Owner
John Bindon Harry
P.H. Moriarty Barman at Villain Club
Hugh Lloyd Mr. Cale
Gary Holton Leader of Rockers

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
Who Score Composer

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