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' ...
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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>
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 »
This movie is supposed to be set in 1964, yet at the party the Mods dance to
The Who's "My Generation"...a song not released until late 1965. Also Jimmy watches The Who on "Ready Steady Go" on TV performing "Anyway, Anyhow, Anywhere", also not released until 1965. See more »
[Standing outside a tenement building occupied by West Indian families]
This place gives me the shits, bloody nig-nogs everywhere. It's like bleedin' Calcutta around here.
Dave: Calcutta's in India.
Chalky: Yeah, West India; it's where they bleedin' come from, ain't it?
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One of the main criticisms at the time "Quadrophenia" came out was that it was noisy and violent rubbish. Quite how this opinion was ever formed is puzzling because the film I saw was a brilliant realistic portrayal of a mod in the 60's. The film has directorial flair, an excellent soundtrack and some underrated scripting and performances. It perfectly captures the angst and disillusionment of its protaganist to a level that has never been seen on film before or since.
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