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Quadrophenia (1979)

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

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London, 1965: Like many other youths, Jimmy hates the philistine life, especially his parents and his job in a company's mailing division. Only when he's together with his friends, a 'Mod' clique, cruising London on his motor-scooter and hearing music such as that of 'The Who' and 'The High Numbers', does he feel free and accepted. However, it's a flight into an illusionary world. Written by Tom Zoerner <Tom.Zoerner@informatik.uni-erlangen.de>

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mod | rocker | the who | scooter | beach | See All (118) »

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Drama | Music

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2 November 1979 (USA)  »

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Er du gal, mand?  »

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While regarded as multiple 'goofs' the various cars filmed that aren't in the proper time period were explained by the movie makers, with them stating that as they hadn't legally had the roads closed for filming the scenes with the Mods and Rockers on their Scooters and Bikes, the onus was seen as more important to keep an eye out for the Police, as the helmet laws had changed by the time of filming. Arranging road closures and ensuring proper period cars were included would have considerably raised the budget of the movie. See more »

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Eyeshadow appears on Jimmy's face towards the end of the movie. See more »

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Mr. Fulford: Mr Cale tells me that you spent the weekend in Brighton, I imagine you were involved some extent in the disturbances there?
Jimmy: Yeah I was there
Mr. Fulford: Weren't arrested or taken or anything like that were you?
Jimmy: No.
Mr. Fulford: I must say I find your attitude incomprehensible. I feel I must warn you Cooper that we can't tolerate this kind of absentism amongst our junior staff. You got a good steady job here Cooper, plenty of young men would give their eye-teeth to be in your shoes.
Jimmy: Oh yeah! Well find one then
Mr. Fulford: I beg ...
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Referenced in Countdown: Episode #74.14 (2016) See more »

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Rhythm of the Rain
Written by John Gummoe (as John C. Gummoe)
Performed by The Cascades
Published by United Artists Records Limited
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That's why I'm a Mod see, because I don't want to be like everyone else.
4 March 2008 | by See all my reviews

As the years have wore on, Quadrophenia has broken free of tagged cult classic status to emerge as a bona fide candidate for best British youth movie ever. The iconography of its main protagonist has subsided to let the core sensibility of the movies theme shine thru, this is pure and simple a perfect depiction of fallen youth during a heady time, a tale of ones ideology crumbling so sadly over the course of one weekend.

The period is captured vividly by director Franc Roddam, the stark threat of violence mixed in with the best music the 60s had to offer, serves to let the viewer feel they were there at the time, and the result is a perfect period piece. The story follows Jimmy {a tremendous Phil Daniels} on a voyage of discovery that is funny at times, yet also very sadly tragic, and for anyone who was once a teenager searching for identity and purpose........ then this film will have maximum resonance.

Wonderful 9/10.


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