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The Kids Are Alright (1979)

PG  |   |  Documentary, Music  |  23 November 1979 (Denmark)
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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Himself (The Who)
Himself (The Who)
Himself (The Who)
Himself (The Who)
Himself (as Tommy Smothers)
Jimmy O'Neill ...
Russell Harty ...
Melvyn Bragg ...
Himself (as Melvin Bragg)
Mary Ann Zabresky ...
Michael Leckebusch ...
Barry Fantoni ...
Jeremy Paxman ...
Bob Pridden ...
Himself (as Keith Richard)


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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Release Date:

23 November 1979 (Denmark)  »

Also Known As:

The Who: The Kids Are Alright  »

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$2,000,000 (estimated)

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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 »


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 »


Keith Moon: [having just been introduced as "the guy who plays the sloppy drums", Moon reacts to someone who unexpectedly farts off-camera] You've got sloppy stagehands here.
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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 »


References West Side Story (1961) See more »


Pinball Wizard
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Still Alright After All These Years
3 November 2003 | by See all my reviews

Jeff Stein's 'TKaA' introduced me to the dysfunctionally co-dependent family that was The Who in their more-than-full-volume, willfully insane glory days of Keith Moon. Their balls-to-the-walls, ear-shattering, finger-slashing, skull-splitting, hammers-of-hell, power-plus-volume blues-based rock & roll put their contemporaries deservedly to shame (Townsend didn't pull punches in his criticism) and set a high bar above all that wreckage which their successors have yet to reach.

It doesn't cover all of The Who's KM-era music (Quadrophenia, Who by Numbers) nor does it dig up the worst/best of the dirt (Daltrey repeatedly KO'ing a whiney Townsend over the years) but it captures as only a fan's we're-not-worthy devotion can the band's intense, sometimes-paranoid craziness as well as their self-knowing, self-mocking intelligence about their craziness -- and their true worth in the annals of rock & roll. Stein deserves a spot in Cleveland right next to them.

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