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Quadrophenia (1979)

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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Chalky (as Philip Davis)
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Kevin (as Raymond Winstone)
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Kim Neve ...
Yvonne
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Daniel Peacock ...
Danny
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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 (119) »

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A Way Of Life [rerelease] See more »

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Drama | Music

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2 November 1979 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Er du gal, mand?  »

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Trivia

Pete Townsend, a longtime admirer of The Kinks, includes the scene where Jimmy is in a bathhouse; the bather next to him is singing Gene Vincent's Be-Bop-A-Lula. Jimmy responds with The Kinks' You Really Got Me, widely regarded as marking the transition from rock and roll into rock. See more »

Goofs

Many late 1970s cars are seen in the background. Particularly during the "Goldhawk Road" and "Brighton riot" scenes. Similarly, all the street furniture, road markings and road signs are from the same era, and signs can be seen in (Brighton) shop windows advertising credit cards. See more »

Quotes

Jimmy: [from the cliff top after deciding not to be a mod]
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Jimmy: Me!
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Jeans By Levis See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Rebel: Charity (2016) See more »

Soundtracks

Anyway, Anyhow, Anywhere
Written by Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey
Performed by The Who
Published by The Who Group Limited & M.C.A.
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The British Rebel Without A Cause...
4 October 2002 | by See all my reviews

A young man joins the British mod movement and gains a feeling of belonging and importance, but this makes him even more disenfranchised from his boring 9 to 5 life.

Britain's answer to Rebel Without A Cause is based around a fair-to-middling Who concept album (they financed the movie too) and was made on a modest budget, but has far too much going for it to be ignored. Especially if you are working class and come from the UK.

(How it is viewed elsewhere is beyond my telling, but reading reviews on this site I get the impression that people from all over the world can relate to its central themes - even if the locations and accents are alien.)

Director Franc Roddam was smart enough to cast a young Phil Daniels in the central role of Jimmy. Daniels is a good actor, but he is neither smooth or particularly good looking. This prevents him being accused of glamorising some of the things that he gets up to.

Jimmy is, indeed, also a bit naive. He has a boring job in the post room of an advertising agency (note the satire about pushing smoking - this is the "no health warning" 60's!) and rides around on a scooter with lots of lights on the front.

Life, for him, is about getting through the day and partying at night/weekends to the hip sounds of the day - the non-Who soundtrack album is a taster to mid 60's Brit Pop.

(His parents don't understand him either - but this could be taken as read in this style of movie!)

As most of us know, and a few even tell Jimmy in the movie proper: Life cannot be all parties, cheap thrills and gang fights, but he doesn't seem to want to listen. He is one of the world's great "there must be more to life than this" merchants - in this he is right, but you need to be brighter, better educated or better looking to have it.

There is a good cast of British new wavers on show here: Leslie Ash plays Jimmy's love interest and Sting gets to be the "Ace Face" - the good looking top dog mod that Jimmy wants to be. The home truth about this character leaves Jimmy even more exposed.

Quadrophenia is one of the greatest films about being a teenager ever made and thank god we have video cassettes, DVDs and cable/sat TV so people can actually see it. A low budget classic that deserves to seen at least once by all film buffs and several times if it reflects your life in any way.


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