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Pink Floyd: The Wall (1982)

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A confined but troubled rock star descends into madness in the midst of his physical and social isolation from everyone.



(album "The Wall"), (screenplay)
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Won 2 BAFTA Film Awards. Another 1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Christine Hargreaves ...
Pink's Mother
J.A. Pinkerton (Pink's Father)
Eleanor David ...
Kevin McKeon ...
David Bingham ...
Alex McAvoy ...
Ellis Dale ...
English Doctor
James Hazeldine ...
Ray Mort ...
Playground Father
Margery Mason ...
Teacher's Wife (as Marjorie Mason)
Robert Bridges ...
American Doctor


The movie tells the story of rock singer "Pink" who is sitting in his hotel room in Los Angeles, burnt out from the music business and only able to perform on stage with the help of drugs. Based on the 1979 double album "The Wall" by Pink Floyd, the film begins in Pink's youth where he is crushed by the love of his mother. Several years later, he is punished by the teachers in school because he is starting to write poems. He slowly begins to build a wall around himself to be protected from the world outside. The film shows all this in massive and epic pictures until the very end where he tears down the wall and breaks free. Written by Harald Mayr <marvin@bike.augusta.de>

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The Music, The Nightmares, The Motion Picture See more »


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Release Date:

17 September 1982 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Pink Floyd The Wall  »

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$12,000,000 (estimated)

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(70 mm prints)| (35 mm prints)| (some 35 mm prints)



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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The Wall tour (in support of the album) originally ran through 1980, in Los Angeles, New York and Earl's Court (London) (the nature of the material, and the scale of the stage production, prohibited a large-scale tour). When the movie was green-lighted, Pink Floyd performed five more shows at Earl's Court, which were filmed with the intention of being incorporated into the movie but the resulting footage was deemed unsuitable for use. Over the years, numerous suggestions have been made that this footage could be used to make a concert film, but Roger Waters, who owns all rights to the footage, has been working on remastering the concerts off and on in recent years. See more »


Several obvious mirror shots during the Fascist rally scenes: the crossing-hammer armbands switching arms, left-handed handshakes, the strap worn on Pink's shoulder when walking down the hallway switching shouders, the same neo-Nazi member appearing to be standing on both ends of the row of neo-Nazis while they are chanting "waiting" during the "Waiting for the Worms" sequence. See more »


[first lines]
Pink: [singing] So ya, thought ya might like to, go to the show. To feel the warm thrill of confusing that space cadet glow. Tell me is something eluding you sunshine? Is this not what you expected to see? If you wanna find out what's behind these cold eyes, you'll just have to claw your way through this disguise!
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Referenced in The Simpsons: Treehouse of Horror V (1994) See more »


Another Brick in the Wall (Part 2)
Written by Roger Waters
Performed by Pink Floyd
Vocals by Pupils of Islington Green School
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Superb, clever and highly entertaining.
1 February 2005 | by (Egypt) – See all my reviews

If you like Pink Floyd, you'll love the movie regardless of what you think the cinematic value of the film is. To me, Roger Water's ability to express himself is outrageously smart. He is a genius. His English is masterful and the way he expresses how he feels is just mind-blowing. I am sure that every one of us has felt exactly the same as Pink/Roger felt at some point of our life but have never been able to successfully explain it. It is therefore my opinion that the lyrics are what make this film great. As a movie, it also translates those feelings well. All the actors were superb. Alan Parker managed to pull the whole thing together cleverly and all in all it is an excellent choice for a late night stoner's kick back - brilliant.

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