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Quadrophenia -- The Who's classic rock opera Quadrophenia was the basis for this invigorating coming-of-age movie and depiction of the defiant mod subculture of early 1960s London. Our antihero is Jimmy, a teenager who spends his time knocking around with his clothes-obsessed, pill-popping, scooter-driving fellow mods, a group whose antipathy for the motorcycle-riding rockers leads to a climactic riot.
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Release Date:
2 November 1979 (USA) See more »
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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... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Phil Daniels ... Jimmy
Leslie Ash ... Steph

Philip Davis ... Chalky

Mark Wingett ... Dave

Sting ... Ace Face

Ray Winstone ... Kevin (as Raymond Winstone)

Garry Cooper ... Peter
Gary Shail ... Spider

Toyah Willcox ... Monkey
Trevor Laird ... Ferdy
Kate Williams ... Mother

Michael Elphick ... Father
Kim Neve ... Yvonne

Benjamin Whitrow ... Mr. Fulford
Daniel Peacock ... Danny
Jeremy Child ... Agency Man
John Phillips ... Magistrate

Timothy Spall ... Projectionist
Olivier Pierre ... Tailor
George Innes ... Cafe Owner

John Bindon ... Harry

P.H. Moriarty ... Barman at Villain's Pub
Hugh Lloyd ... Mr. Cale
Cross Section ... The Band
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
John Altman ... John (uncredited)

Jesse Birdsall ... Aggressive Rocker (uncredited)
John Blundell ... Leader of Rockers (uncredited)
Loren Day ... Girl with Steph (uncredited)

Michael Dickins ... Scooter Rider / Mod (uncredited)
Harry Fielder ... Policeman (uncredited)

Julian Firth ... Mod (uncredited)
Fuzz ... Nicky (uncredited)
Simon Gipps-Kent ... Boy at Party (uncredited)
Carol Harrison ... Biker Girl (uncredited)
Gary Holton ... Aggressive Rocker (uncredited)

Tom Ingram ... Rocker in Police Van (uncredited)
Eric Kent ... George (uncredited)

Derek Lyons ... Jimmy's Gang Member (uncredited)
Peter McNamara ... Mod (uncredited)

Glen Murphy ... Fighting Rocker (uncredited)
Linda Regan ... Chief Rocker Girl (uncredited)

The Who ... Themselves. (archive footage) (uncredited)

Directed by
Franc Roddam 
Writing credits
Dave Humphries (screenplay) &
Martin Stellman (screenplay) &
Franc Roddam (screenplay)

Pete Townshend  uncredited

Produced by
Roy Baird .... producer
Bill Curbishley .... producer
Roger Daltrey .... executive producer
John Entwistle .... executive producer
Keith Moon .... executive producer
John Peverall .... associate producer
David Gideon Thomson .... executive producer
Pete Townshend .... executive producer
Cinematography by
Brian Tufano (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Sean Barton 
Mike Taylor 
Casting by
Patsy Pollock 
Production Design by
Simon Holland 
Makeup Department
Simon Thompson .... hair styles creator
Gilly Wakeford .... makeup artist (as Gilli Wakeford)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Ray Corbett .... assistant director
Kieron Phipps .... second assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
Jack Carter .... construction manager
Andrew Sanders .... assistant art director
Terry Wells .... property master
Ken Wheatley .... set dresser
Adrian Start .... painter (uncredited)
Sound Department
Albert Bailey .... boom operator
John Ireland .... sound editor
Bill Rowe .... dubbing mixer
Christian Wangler .... sound recordist (as Christian Wrangler)
Jon Astley .... sound engineer (uncredited)
Malcolm Hirst .... second boom operator (uncredited)
Malcolm Hirst .... sound maintenance (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Steve Hamilton .... special effects technician (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Martin Evans .... electrical supervisor: Lee Electrics Ltd.
Jeff Paynter .... focus puller
Frank Connor .... still photographer (uncredited)
Geoff Mulligan .... camera operator: second unit (uncredited)
Ronnie Rampton .... best boy (uncredited)
Derek Suter .... clapper loader (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Joyce Stoneman .... wardrobe supervisor
Music Department
Roger Daltrey .... musical director
John Entwistle .... music producer
John Entwistle .... musical director
Cy Langston .... music re-mix engineer
Mike Shaw .... music coordinator
Pete Townshend .... musical director
Other crew
David Anderson .... location manager
Peter Brayham .... action arranger
Dennis Davidson .... Public relations
Alen Fletcher .... story consultant
Caroline Hagen .... production assistant
Redmond Morris .... location manager
Kevin O'Driscoll .... production accountant
Melinda Rees .... continuity
Christopher Stamp .... story consultant (as Chris Stamp)
Pete Townshend .... story consultant
Ken Tuohy .... producer's assistant
Geoff Freeman .... unit publicist (uncredited)
Gillian Gregory .... choreographer (uncredited)
Richard Morrison .... title designer (uncredited)
Freddie Haayen .... special thanks
James Swann .... special thanks
Crew verified as complete

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120 min
Color (Eastmancolor) (uncredited)
Aspect Ratio:
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Sound Mix:
Dolby (Dolby Stereo)
Australia:R | Australia:MA (DVD rating) | Finland:K-14 (uncut) (1997) | Finland:K-16 (cut) (1979) | France:U | France:-16 (original rating) | Iceland:12 | Ireland:18 (DVD rating) | Netherlands:12 | New Zealand:R16 | Portugal:M/18 | Singapore:M18 | South Korea:18 (2012) | UK:X (original rating) | UK:15 (re-rating) (1996) (2015) | UK:18 (video rating) (1986) (1998) (2006) | USA:R | West Germany:16 (cut)

Did You Know?

The Who appear not just on the edition of "Ready, Steady, Go!" (1963) that Jimmy watches and an album sleeve at the house party, but also a portrait of Pete Townshend is on the boy's bedroom wall.See more »
Anachronisms: The blue and yellow-coloured British Rail trains seen passing behind Jimmy's house didn't come into service until the late-'70s.See more »
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?
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 your pardon?
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Movie Connections:
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14 out of 20 people found the following review useful.
Near-perfect illustration of a music masterpiece, 27 February 2005
Author: ( from Gilching, Outback of Germany

First, as you perhaps can tell by my name, I'm a die-hard The Who fan and have been for a long time. Listening to the original Quadrophenia rock opera is almost a religious act for me. I also have to add that I was born in 1984, and the sixties for me are some kind of paradise perished forever. I had to wait several years after listening to the album before seeing the movie. During the first half hour, I was disappointed how few of the music was in it, but then the movie began to fascinate me by itself, it really dragged me in. This is mostly due to the great Phil Daniels. It is his portrait of Jim that really keeps the film alive. He *is* the mod of the sixties, he shows in every single scene why they were mods and why it couldn't last. The other actors also do a good job, nothing spectacular, but solid. Sting is entertaining, too. There are several changes in the story compared to the "Quadrophenia" CD booklet, but they make sense and work well. It would have been interesting to stay still closer to the rock opera, but, regarding that, when the movie was made, more than a decade had passed since the time depicted, it is understandable that the movie makers wouldn't want to go totally "musical" as in the pathetic "Tommy" film. "Quadrophenia", in my opinion, is better than "Tommy" because the story isn't torn to pieces and then mixed with tons of whatever they had left on the cutting room floor; it is a coherent line of events with the songs put in in the right moment (except, perhaps, for the divine "Love reign o'er me"). Over all, the movie really thrilled me. It is a very good adaptation of the rock opera, but also a great youth film in its own right. Call it cult if you don't like it, it has deserved it.

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