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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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Tagline:
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 » | Full synopsis »
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Near-perfect illustration of a music masterpiece See more (91 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Phil Daniels ... Jimmy
Leslie Ash ... Steph

Phil Davis ... Chalky (as Philip Davis)

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)
Barbie Denham ... Disco Dancer (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)

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
 
Location Management
David Anderson .... location manager
Redmond Morris .... location manager
 
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
Peter Brayham .... action arranger
Dennis Davidson .... Public relations
Alen Fletcher .... story consultant
Caroline Hagen .... production assistant
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:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Dolby (Dolby Stereo)
Certification:
Australia:R18+ | Australia:MA15+ (DVD rating) | Finland:K-14 (uncut) (1997) | Finland:K-16 (cut) (1979) | France:Tous publics | France:16 (original rating) | Iceland:12 | Ireland:18 (DVD rating) | Netherlands:12 | New Zealand:R16 | Portugal:M/18 | Russia: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:
Last feature film of John Bindon.See more »
Goofs:
Crew or equipment visible: The shadow of the helicopter that filmed the final scenes on the white cliffs at Beachy Head is visible. Most people call these the white cliffs of Dover, but they aren't. The cliffs at Beachy Head are higher than the white cliffs of Dover.See more »
Quotes:
Jimmy:[from the cliff top after deciding not to be a mod]
[shouts]
Jimmy:Me!
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Movie Connections:
Soundtrack:
Wishin' & Hopin'See more »

FAQ

Does Jimmy....
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14 out of 21 people found the following review useful.
Near-perfect illustration of a music masterpiece, 27 February 2005
Author: (pete.townshend@gmx.net) 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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