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Director:
Writers:
Dave Humphries (screenplay) &
Martin Stellman (screenplay) ...
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Release Date:
2 November 1979 (USA) See more »
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Hell On Wheels! See more »
Plot:
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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Not only a great adaptation of The Who's landmark, but one of the greatest motorcycle movies ever made. See more (85 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

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)
Loren Day ... Girl with Steph (uncredited)
Harry Fielder ... Policeman (uncredited)
Julian Firth ... Mod (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
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)
 
Thanks
Freddie Haayen .... special thanks
James Swann .... special thanks
 
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Runtime:
117 min
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Color:
Color (Eastmancolor) (uncredited)
Aspect Ratio:
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Sound Mix:
Dolby (Dolby Stereo)
Certification:
Australia:R | Australia:MA (DVD rating) | Finland:K-14 (1997) | Finland:K-16 (cut) (1979) | France:U | France:-16 (original rating) | Germany:16 | 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) | UK:18 (video rating) (1986) (1998) (2006) | USA:R

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Trivia:
'Cameron Crowe' has said that this is his favorite film.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: In the scene where Jimmy and Steph are riding on Jimmy's scooter, they appear to be travelling at normal speed, but Jimmy keeps the scooter in first gear. This is because the scene was shot with the actors and the scooter on a trailer being towed by the camera car.See more »
Quotes:
Jimmy:Bellboyyyyyy!See more »
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Soundtrack:
He's So FineSee more »

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30 out of 40 people found the following review useful.
Not only a great adaptation of The Who's landmark, but one of the greatest motorcycle movies ever made., 14 August 2004
Author: MisterWhiplash from United States

Franc Roddam, the director of Quadrophenia, did not disappoint me with his interpretation of The Who's rock opera (unlike Tommy, which had it's moments but didn't was all over the map so to speak). He lets a viewer, who may not be entirely familiar to what occurred between the mods and the rockers in the early to mid 1960's Britain, in on what the energy, the attitudes were like among the young and old. It's not even classifiable as a rock opera as a film, because it becomes a hybrid- it's part motorcycle flick, with some well staged, intense fight scenes, rumbles, riots, etc; it's part anti-establishmentarianist take on what it's like to be at an age when you don't know what to do you with your life, and outside of the pleasures of being with friends and kicking' ass you tend to be aimless or work for people you don't like. It's also, major in fact, a psychological character study of one of these anti-establishment kids, a mod named Jimmy (Phil Daniels), who may be a little off balance in the head due to a fueling desire to be both with the excitement of his gang and with his need to find himself by himself, as well as to the "blues" pills.

There isn't as much of a story as there is character development, which sticks true to the source material, written by the clever and driving force of The Who, Pete Townsend. As Jimmy goes through parties, fights, a little love with a girl (Steph, played well by Leslie Ash), a riot, and problems with his parents and job, he enters a downward spiral. This is a tricky sort of story and character to pull off, because lay it on too thick and the audience could see the character as naive (and perhaps the character is, which makes sense in a sense), but add on the toughness and one-dimensional side of the biker attitude and it becomes a B-movie motorcycle flick. This doesn't happen.

Somehow the elements come together in the film, with the performances (by the way, Sting's debut performance is both mysterious and, ultimately, kinda funny), the documentary-style direction and editing (by Brian "Trainspotting" Tefano), and the music. The Who themselves serve as musical directors, and it's highly interesting for both Who and non-Who fans in how they choose only parts of songs sometimes (Punk and the Godfather, Dr. Jimmy) and leave some out completely (Sea and Sand, Drowned, two songs I hoped would've made the final cut). By the time the third act reaches it's heated peak, the music starts to perfectly embody what the character's going through. It also doesn't come off as cheesy due to the power of the songs.

Maybe I might be a little biased in writing this review- when I was around seventeen, eighteen years old, this was my favorite album behind Jimi Hendrix's Are You Experienced. Besides it containing some of the Who's most daring, somber, and fun work (5:15, Bell Boy, I'm One), the story was something that I could identify with strongly, as its themes are very knowing of what it's like for any guy at that point of crossing the bend from childhood to adulthood. Not to mention it rivaled Tommy in its ambition via the compositions, the entertainment value, etc. So I was almost hesitant to watch the film, as I thought I might have my expectations raised too high and it would be too loosely translated and made as not my kind of rock musical (i.e. like Tommy). For me, the experience was contradictory to what I thought- I ended up learning more about this atmosphere, the essence of living in Brighton by the beach and feeling the need for competition, acceptance, and then anger and loneliness. By the end of Quadrophenia I looked at Jimmy as being a character in the tradition of Humphrey Bogart in Treasure of the Sierra Madre- an anti-hero that may be doomed, but a viewer can still care about him.

Overall, an un-expected treat, and will surely please both Who and non-Who fans alike, though for Who fans the added treat is that the the emotion and strength of the group and songs translate excellently in the film. A+

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