'John McVicar' was a London Bad Boy. He graduated to armed bank robbery and was Britain's "Public Enemy No. 1". He was captured and put into a high security prison. Will even the highest ... See full summary »
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>
John Lydon (the former Johnny Rotten) was originally approached for the role of Jimmy and even screen-tested for the role. However the distributors refused to insure him for the part and he was replaced. See more »
Jimmy's cigarette disappears between shots whilst handing pills to Steph in the café. See more »
I hated this film when I saw it as a teenager back in 1979. The reason was
the movie was realistic--too realistic! I identified (in some respects)
with the main character Jimmy, and his life was bleak and depressing.
Seeing it over 20 years later, I love it! It's a superb mix of the 1960s
British "Angry Young Men" films, the Who's great album and 1979
sensibilities. It's about Jimmy (excellent performance by Phil Daniels) and
his friends. It takes place in 1964 London and there are constant battles
between the Mods (Jimmy and friends) and the Rockers. The film is full of
violence, sex, VERY strong language (good luck with the accents), anger,
alienation...the works. However, there is a strong sense of humor (a break
in at a drug store is hilarious) and it does have a (sort of) happy ending.
But it is very dark and depressing.
The music score is excellent. It's not just the Who, but other 1960s groups
are used also. The direction by Franc Roddam is wonderful--it perfectly
merges the music, imagery and story (especially with "Love, Reign Over Me").
My only real complaint--why not use the whole album "Quadrophenia"? Only
about 1/8 of the two record set is used! Also interesting to see Sting in
his first movie. Don't miss this one!
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