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Breaking Glass (1980)

PG | | Drama, Musical | September 1980 (USA)
A rock singer is determined to rise to the top of the profession, letting nothing stand in the way of that goal.




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Cast overview, first billed only:
Hazel O'Connor ...
Peter-Hugo Daly ...
Gary Tibbs ...
Charles Wegner ...
Mark Wing-Davey ...
Hugh Thomas ...
Derek Thompson ...
Nigel Humphreys ...
Ken Campbell ...
Lowri Ann Richards ...
Jane (as Lowri-Ann Richards)
Peter Tilbury ...
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A rock singer is determined to rise to the top of the profession, letting nothing stand in the way of that goal.

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'Time Out' called this movie "The Glenn Miller Story (1954) meets Rude Boy (1980)". See more »


Publican: [after listening to the band's loud punk-rock music] It's not exactly Mantovani, is it?
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Featured in The 100 Greatest Musicals (2003) See more »


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Sung by Victi Silva (as Victy Silva)
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One of the great fall and decline of rock star films!
28 November 2001 | by (Brattleboro Vermont USA) – See all my reviews

I first saw the film when it landed on US cable a year after it came out. It blew my little head away, I was only 16 and it was the first new wave music I'd heard, having been a strictly folky, classical kid growing up. The music mesmerized me, as did Hazel O'Connor's amazing look and charismatic vocal performances, and Phil Daniels' tough but soft Cockney manager just stole my heart. But I think my favorite character was Jonathan Pryce's drugged out sax player. He was so out of place in the band and so harmless and pathetic, he just begged for sympathy. Favorite scenes, the performance when the lights went out, and the love scene on the train.

Okay, so the movie isn't the Rose! But it was really excellent for its limited budget and for its portrayal of the Britain of the early 80's, exploding with rebellious youth, looking for a way out of the dole queue. I went to Britain only a couple of years later and found the movie to have been very reflective of the atmosphere I found when I was there.

If you get a chance to, see it. It is a great movie, with some wonderful performances, and the music will blow you away.

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