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The Kids Are Alright (1979)

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From the early black and white days to their colourful hedonistic era, you will Rock! See them at their most creative, and destructive, and experience The Who: Here!

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Himself (as Tommy Smothers)
Jimmy O'Neill ...
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Russell Harty ...
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Mary Ann Zabresky ...
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Michael Leckebusch ...
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Barry Fantoni ...
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Jeremy Paxman ...
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Bob Pridden ...
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Through concert performances and interviews, this film offers us an "inside look" at this famous rock group, "The Who". It captures their zany craziness and outrageous antics from the initial formation of the group to its major hit "Who Are You", and features the last performance of drummer keith Moon just prior to his death. Written by Concorde - New Horizons (with permission).

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Seeing is believing!

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23 November 1979 (Denmark)  »

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$2,000,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

Director Jeff Stein had to talk The Who into performing live again for the new footage shot for the film in 1977 and '78 (The '77 footage ended up not being used except for very brief excerpts). The band conceded, but after turning in an unsatisfactory performance of their show closer "Won't Get Fooled Again" at the second filming, Stein had to coax a very reluctant Pete Townshend into going back out to perform a more "definitive" version of the song so they'd have a better end to the film. See more »

Goofs

Rick Danko of The Band is listed in the end credits as appearing in the film, even though his segment was deleted from the final print. See more »

Quotes

Tom Smothers: So, Roger from Oz, what's the next song you're gonna sing?
Roger Daltrey: "My Generation".
Tom Smothers: Your generation?
Roger Daltrey: Yeah.
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Crazy Credits

Various clips of stage goodbyes from live appearances of The Who through the years are shown during the closing credits. See more »

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Referenced in Ugly Betty: The Kids Are Alright (2008) See more »

Soundtracks

(Love Is Like A) Heatwave
Written by Brian Holland, Lamont Dozier and Eddie Holland (as Edward Holland Jr.)
Performed by The Who
Stone Agate Music Corp.
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Smashing and very well done look at one of the greatest of the best
27 May 2001 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The Who are many things- loud, sometimes hilarious, and even an influence to most of the rock following it (including Punk), but what they are ultimately are amazing. In they're time with drummer Keith Moon (and even a little afterwards), they created some of the best stuff to come from a guitar, synthesizer, drum, harmonica, etc, etc. And this documentary follows that spirit in showing the groups most famous hits including "Baba O'Reiley", "I Can't Explain", "Who Are You" and "Summertime Blues" among a whole bunch. In these songs and inbewteen them the Who explain the inspiration for they're hits, they're hilarity (seeing Keith Moon for no reason starting to strip is dead pan), and how they replaced the broken guitars. Excellent in nearly ever way, shape and form, right up there with Woodstock and Spinal Tap. A+


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