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Pink Floyd The Wall (1982)

R  |   |  Animation, Drama, Musical  |  10 September 1982 (USA)
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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Christine Hargreaves ...
Pink's Mother
James Laurenson ...
J.A. Pinkerton (Pink's Father)
Eleanor David ...
Kevin McKeon ...
David Bingham ...
Alex McAvoy ...
Ellis Dale ...
English Doctor
James Hazeldine ...
Ray Mort ...
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Margery Mason ...
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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 Speak and Spell during the song "Mother" actually spells out KEYNSHAM. A town in southwest England between Bristol and Bath, and also the name of an album by 'The Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band'. See more »


The direction of the merry-go-round changes just before young Pink is put on it. 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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Written by Roger Waters
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The Human Condition
13 January 2006 | by (Isle Of Bute , Scotland) – See all my reviews

If for whatever reason you should find yourself in the company of aliens from the planet Nietsche , a planet whose inhabitants have gone beyond what can be described as human nature so much so that they have no knowledge of what being human is , then show them this film that explains everything

The story starts with the Anzio landings that sees the death of Pink's father . As Plato said " Only the dead have seen the end of war " and that is bitterly true , man will always be man and man will always kill man until the end of time

Pink goes to school and education is a double edged sword . It has the potential to educate young humans but as often happens these young humans find themselves being used as victims of whatever mood the teacher is in . Someone must pay for authorities inaquequacies

Pink leaves school and falls in love , but love is the sharpest and most double edged sword in all of creation . It inspires but it also destroys us . Despite hundreds of millions of human beings being killed in wars , genocide and purges there is nothing so personally painful or as cruel as the betrayal by a lover . The darkest pits of Hell can not be as hellish or as sadistic as infidelity

As Pink descends further into his personal madness we see him take his revenge . Humans are sexual beings and perhaps this is what makes us both demons and avenging angels . Irony is to the fore as he stops becoming a victim and turns into unfeeling fascist dictator . Someone must pay for all the wrongs Pink has endured and it's the innocent that must suffer

You could go to the planet Nietsche with all the written works of every human philosopher who ever lived and that still wouldn't be enough to explain what it's like to be human . As it stands Alan Parker and Roger Waters have made a cogent film explaining why humans are the way they are and how they react to the surrounding universe . It's a film whose soundtrack is every bit as powerful as the human condition

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