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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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Won 2 BAFTA Film Awards. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »



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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 ...
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:

10 September 1982 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Pink Floyd: The Wall  »

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SEK 2,384,861 (Sweden)

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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?


When the camera shows the crowd at the concert during In The Flesh, one of audience members is wearing a shirt bearing the words "Bob Geldof". See more »


During "Run Like Hell", when Pink's followers set an attack dog loose on an innocent man in the alleyway, the foam protective sleeve is visible on the victim's arm. 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 Chasing Amy (1997) See more »


Don't Leave Me Now
Written by Roger Waters
Performed by Pink Floyd
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the ultimate baked potato experience
6 March 1999 | by (Lisle, IL) – See all my reviews

Whether you're sober, buzzed, high, or fully baked this movie is enjoyable. Anyway you look at it. Some people will naturally say you can only watch it high for it to make sense. Ignore those pothead hippies. Don't get me wrong I love pot as much as the next guy but what they say is untrue. Maybe it's more enjoyable baked or drunk but what isn't? If you're under the age of 30 and over the age of 12 and haven't seen it feel free to join your generation anytime now. What you missing is a great movie about isolation, depression, and anger. And for those of you too baked for any amount of attention span put the movie on anyways cause the soundtrack rules. However if you ever run across a chance to see it at a theater, as a midnite matinee or just a run of old movies, pay any amount for admission it'll be worth it. For those of you who enjoy getting stoned and watching movies see Story Of Ricky. It's nearly as good as this. For those of you looking for insanity on video see Taxi Driver.

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