8.2/10
3,044
47 user 20 critic

The Kids Are Alright (1979)

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!

Director:

Writer:

Reviews

On Disc

at Amazon

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Documentary | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  

A documentary on The Who, featuring interviews with the band's two surviving members, Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey.

Directors: Paul Crowder, Murray Lerner, and 1 more credit »
Stars: Roger Daltrey, Pete Townshend, John Entwistle
Documentary | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  

This is the film of The Who's appearance at the third (and final) Isle of Wight festival in 1970. This is regarded as the band's finest performance.

Director: Murray Lerner
Stars: Roger Daltrey, John Entwistle, Keith Moon
Documentary | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

Originally filmed in December 1968, "The Rock and Roll Circus" was originally intended to be released as a television special. The special was filmed over two nights and featured not only ... See full summary »

Director: Michael Lindsay-Hogg
Stars: Ian Anderson, Glenn Cornick, Clive Bunker
Tommy (1975)
Drama | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

A psychosomatically deaf, dumb and blind boy becomes a master pinball player and, subsequently, the object of a religious cult.

Director: Ken Russell
Stars: Roger Daltrey, Ann-Margret, Oliver Reed
Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  

Live At Woodstock features all of the existing film footage from Jimi's unforgettable August, 1969, Woodstock concert newly re-edited and presented uninterrupted in its original performance sequence.

Director: Michael Wadleigh
Stars: Billy Cox, Jimi Hendrix, Larry Lee
Quadrophenia (1979)
Drama | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Jimmy loathes his job and parents. He seeks solace with his mod clique, scooter riding, and drugs only to be disappointed.

Director: Franc Roddam
Stars: Phil Daniels, Leslie Ash, Phil Davis
Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  
Director: Jeff Stein
Stars: Roger Daltrey, John Entwistle, Keith Moon
Monterey Pop (1968)
Documentary | History | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

A film about the greatest pre-Woodstock rock music festival.

Director: D.A. Pennebaker
Stars: Otis Redding, Jimi Hendrix, Ravi Shankar
Woodstock (1970)
Documentary | History | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

The film chronicle of the legendary 1969 music festival.

Director: Michael Wadleigh
Stars: Joan Baez, Richie Havens, Roger Daltrey
Documentary | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

A look at the creation and impact of the 1972 Rolling Stones album "Exile on Main St."

Director: Stephen Kijak
Stars: The Rolling Stones, Mick Jagger, Keith Richards
Documentary | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

A documentary of a Led Zeppelin tour mixed with live concert footage, a unique fantasy, and interviews with those involved with the band.

Directors: Peter Clifton, Joe Massot
Stars: Robert Plant, Jimmy Page, John Paul Jones
Documentary | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

A concert film taken from two Rolling Stones concerts during their 1972 North American tour.

Director: Rollin Binzer
Stars: Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Mick Taylor
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
Himself (The Who)
...
Himself (The Who)
...
Himself (The Who)
...
Himself (The Who)
...
Himself (as Tommy Smothers)
Jimmy O'Neill ...
Himself
Russell Harty ...
Himself
...
Himself (as Melvin Bragg)
...
Himself
Mary Ann Zabresky ...
Herself
Michael Leckebusch ...
Himself
Barry Fantoni ...
Himself
...
Himself
Bob Pridden ...
Himself
...
Himself (as Keith Richard)
Edit

Storyline

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).

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

Seeing is believing!

Genres:

Documentary | Music

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

23 November 1979 (Denmark)  »

Also Known As:

The Who: The Kids Are Alright  »

Box Office

Budget:

$2,000,000 (estimated)
 »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Although Steve Martin is billed as himself in the closing credits, he actually calls himself Ralph Baines in the scene he appears in. 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

Pete Townshend: When I'm on the stage - let me try to explain - when I'm on the stage, I'm not in control of myself at all. I even don't know who I am. I'm not this rational person that can sit here and talk to you. If you walked on the stage in the middle of a concert for an interview, I'd probably come close to killing you - I HAVE come close to killing people that walked on the stage. Abbie Hofmann walked on the stage at Woodstock and I nearly killed him with me guitar. A cameraman walked... a, a, a ...
See more »

Crazy Credits

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

Connections

Features Woodstock (1970) See more »

Soundtracks

Substitute
Written by Pete Townshend
Performed by The Who
Fabulous Music Ltd.
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Maximum R&B . . .YEEAAAHHHHHH!!!!!
9 July 2004 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This 2-disc DVD is an absolute essential for any Who fan and perhaps the only documentary film ever made that captures the essence of rock'n'roll's importance to youth culture. Its brilliance largely belongs to the irresistibly appealing personalities and unparalleled live performances of the Who, but can also be partially attributed to director Jeff Stein, who was a nineteen year-old fledgling photographer and Who freak in 1978 when he persuaded the group to front him the cash to make a movie. What results is a warts 'n' all portrait of the most honest, inspired, and inspiring of rock's superheroes.

The film begins with the now-infamous performance of 'My Generation' on the Smothers Brothers show and never slows down. Included are hilarious outtakes of staged antics originally intended for a Monkees-style TV show that never aired, a wonderfully irreverent segment featuring John Entwistle using gold records for target practice on the lawn of his estate, priceless video and still photography of Keith Moon at his hotel room-smashing best, and vintage interview material with Townshend, charting his development from insolent young mod (at one point, when asked to comment on the relative quality of the Beatles' music by a smug British TV host, he refers to the Fab Four as "flippin' lousy") to a soul-searching artist trying to find meaningful space for himself in a form he fears he has outgrown. There are liberal doses from 'Tommy' and 'Who's Next,' but equal attention is paid to the group's early mod years and their more radio-friendly late-seventies era releases. Included in its entirety is the group's performance of 'A Quick One' from "The Rolling Stones' Rock 'n' Roll Circus," a TV show produced by the Stones which was never aired due to the Stones' opinion that they had been badly upstaged by the Who (only a fragment of the same clip was featured in the theatrical release of the film due to copyright restrictions). Surprisingly absent is any material from 'Quadrophenia,' an unexplained omission but one that doesn't really glare given that the footage is not arranged chronologically.

None of the Who's studio releases ever equaled their brilliance onstage, and Stein loads the film with impossibly hot concert footage, including mind-blowing performances (some borrowed from the Woodstock film) of live staples 'Young Man Blues,' 'Pinball Wizard,' 'See Me Feel Me/Listening to You,' and 'Sparks.'

Indirectly, 'The Kids are Alright' is also a cautionary tale: we see Moon transformed in a mere ten years from a lean young prankster into a bloated caricature of himself (Moon died shortly before the film was released; his last performance with the group was the concert at Shepperton Studios staged for the film at Jeff Stein's request). We see Townshend joking about his hearing loss and struggling with his fear of growing old and irrelevant. Entwistle dryly remarks, 'I'm too old to enjoy my money;' Roger Daltrey dismisses the cultural importance of rock music, stating flatly that 'it doesn't stand up.' Townshend confesses his frustration at the pressure he feels to satisfy the expectations of the group's army of frenzied fans. By the end, the group seems weary of itself and its overblown reputation.

Nevertheless, the film ends on a note of triumph, with a manic encore at Shepperton of "Won't Get Fooled Again," climaxing with a slo-mo shot of Townshend leaping and then sliding across the stage on his knees, followed by an end-credit coda of "Rock is Dead (Long Live Rock)". The DVD set includes director commentary, a recent interview with Daltrey, Who trivia quizzes, and isolated tracks of John Entwistle's extraordinary bass work on several classic tunes.

Definitive evidence of the Who's stature as one of the most influential and inimitable of the titans of rock. Anyone who loves the power and energy of a live rock performance will come away from this film slack-jawed and looking around for a guitar to smash.


8 of 8 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Contribute to This Page