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Pink Floyd: The Wall (1982)

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

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Christine Hargreaves ...
Pink's Mother
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J.A. Pinkerton (Pink's Father)
Eleanor David ...
Kevin McKeon ...
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David Bingham ...
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Teacher
Ellis Dale ...
English Doctor
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Lover
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Playground Father
Margery Mason ...
Teacher's Wife (as Marjorie Mason)
Robert Bridges ...
American Doctor
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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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17 September 1982 (USA)  »

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$12,000,000 (estimated)
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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 »

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In the "Is there Anybody Out There" sequence, when Pink is clawing at the wall, the blood on his hand (from the previous, hotel-trashing scene) switches hands repeatedly. See more »

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[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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What Shall We Do Now?
Written by Roger Waters
Performed by Pink Floyd
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The Wall is one of the best albums/movies ever done
23 March 2000 | by (Toronto, Canada) – See all my reviews

What can you possibly say except that this movie is amazing?

"The Wall" is one of the few movies out there that has a powerful effect on the people are receptive to its message. Told with practically no dialogue, the only guide to the bizarre, frightening, and strange images is the incredible music by Pink Floyd, from their equally good double album. A considerable number of the songs were re-recorded for this movie, and one song (the heart-wrenching "When the Tigers Broke Free") was added. The new versions of the songs are sometimes worse than the album (Waiting for the Worms), and sometimes better (Mother, In the Flesh).

"The Wall" isn't a pleasant movie, nor is it a simplistic or banal movie. It is brutal, cynical, and disturbing, but it has moments of flesh-tingling beauty and an uplifting message in the end, if you persevere. I recommend both it and the album to anyone who enjoys a powerful movie. In my opinion, "The Wall," along with a few other albums, represents the pinnacle of rock music.


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