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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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Release Date:

17 September 1982 (USA)  »

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$12,000,000 (estimated)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


On the commentary track on the DVD, the last thing Roger Waters says in the commentary is "Isn't this where we came in" just slightly before the very end of the end credits. The album, unlike the film, is bookended by the selection "Outside the Wall" with the last few notes of that song played in the beginning of the first selection of the album, "In the Flesh?". What is interesting is that if you repeat the album on a loop (easier done these days with a mp3 version of the album played on a media player), the last three words heard in the album, which are "Isn't this where", are merged with the first three words heard in the album, which are "We came in" to form the sentence "Isn't this where we came in". See more »


Money stuffed into theatre manager's jacket pocket during the overdose scene disappears/reappears a couple of times. 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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References Metropolis (1927) See more »


Don't Leave Me Now
Written by Roger Waters
Performed by Pink Floyd
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An assault on the senses, and a really great film!
17 May 1999 | by (Sterling Heights, Michigan) – See all my reviews

"Pink Floyd The Wall" is a great film, based on the already great album by Pink Floyd! I was stunned by the use of imagery, combined with the great soundtrack of the album, which gave us a strange, drugged up vision of what a burnt out rock star would see. It's really crazy! Yet it shows how these famous rock stars are bombarded with fame and applause, and how insane it can drive an already disturbed person. "The Wall" itself, is the isolation and separation from society and saneness, which is a place that can easily be avoided if only people gave us a fair chance to. The depressing part about the film is that none of this is the rock star's fault. He was driven to it by loneliness in his growing up years(since he lost his father to the war), along with psychological torment by his teachers, parents, and above all, his sexually controlling wife. The movie is twisted because this is how the lead character sees the world. Worse yet, after he has already been driven to the edge of his own sanity, in his mind, the people who drove him to that edge, come back to testify against him. It's weird the first time you watch it, and looks a lot like a crazy music video that was pulled out of MTV. The only difference is that this one is telling a story, and has been transferred to the big wide screen. Alan Parker has directed the film, but Roger Waters seems to be in charge here, because it's his album, his story, and his conception. All that's really been done here is transforming the album to celluloid. I in some ways, like this better than the album, because now we have images to reinforce the songs and the story. I wish I could have seen this on the big screen, because the variety of images and the loud music seem compressed and compacted on a small TV set. You might not understand this the first time, especially if you haven't heard the album yet. But it really is a great film, and it actually has a story and a point that most music videos today unfortunately lack! I think that this film will teach people the reasons why these talented individuals suffer and lose their minds. The people that have guided and taken care of them while they grew up, often take away their ability to happily and normally function on their own. And the album and film's lesson is for not only the people who drove him to his wall to back off, but for him to pull himself out.

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