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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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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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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)
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)
Barbara Frankland ... Disco Dancer (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)
Chris Parsons ... Door Bouncer (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)
Dewi Humphreys .... camera operator (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)
 
Thanks
Freddie Haayen .... special thanks
James Swann .... special thanks
 
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Runtime:
120 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 (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:15 (theatrical rating) (1996) (2015) | UK:18 (video rating) (1986) (1998) (2006) | UK:X (theatrical rating) (1979) | USA:R | West Germany:16 (cut)

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Trivia:
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 »
Goofs:
Factual errors: When Jimmy enters the scrap yard to see Peter Fenton, an 'NF' (National Front, a British white supremacist political party) graffiti is seen scrawled on the gates. The National Front was not officially formed until 1966, and its 'NF' symbol was not commonly seen in graffiti until the mid 1970's.See more »
Quotes:
Jimmy:Bellboyyyyyy!See more »
Movie Connections:
Soundtrack:
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35 out of 39 people found the following review useful.
The British Rebel Without A Cause..., 4 October 2002
Author: Peter Hayes from United Kingdom

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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