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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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Alex McAvoy ...
Teacher
Ellis Dale ...
English Doctor
James Hazeldine ...
Lover
Ray Mort ...
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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Roger Waters, David Gilmour and Nick Mason were the only members of Pink Floyd who attended the film's premiere, at the Empire Theatre in London's Leicester Square on July 14, 1982. Mason did not attend the New York premiere a few days later. Gerald Scarfe was in town but was off playing pool, since he couldn't "bear to see the film again." See more »

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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 »

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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 Gomer Pyle: USMC (1964) See more »

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Run Like Hell
Written by David Gilmour and Roger Waters
Performed by Pink Floyd
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Disturbing - but is it relevant for today's audience?
18 October 2002 | by (Ottawa, Canada) – See all my reviews

A film made in the 80's – for children of the 60's.

Pink Floyd's The Wall is arguably the best `rock opera' ever. – But the angst and societal issues that the album addresses only seem aged now.

The film, by blending the original music plus skilful re-mixes and new tracks tells a simple story, but the imagery used is dark and disturbing and relates to the social issues of the time. The film was made when the fears expressed in the novel 1984 were still a threat, (as an aside, while the film was being made in England there was a political campaign comparing the then conservative government of M. Thatcher to the Orwellian fascist world of 1984.)

But, as much as I and other members of my generation can relate to this film, does it have a message for today's youth. I think that it definitely does. The issues today may be different from those of the late 70's, but, the sentiment and the dangers are the same. We have huge segments of alienated people, we have bigotry and hate, and we have governments which operate in secret. We have movements that preach rigid conformity and hate, we have religions that have lost the message of caring and we have schools that only want to turn out mindless corporate robots.

In fact, I think that this film, and therefore the message behind the music, is MORE important today. The issues we as a society face now are far more dangerous to personal freedoms than when it was first released.


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