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The Kids Are Alright (1979)

From the early black and white days to their colourful hedonistic era, you will Rock! See them at their most creative, and destructive, and experience The Who: Here!

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Jeff Stein

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Roger Daltrey ... Himself (The Who)
John Entwistle ... Himself (The Who)
Keith Moon ... Himself (The Who)
Pete Townshend ... Himself (The Who)
Tom Smothers ... Himself (as Tommy Smothers)
Jimmy O'Neill ... Himself
Russell Harty Russell Harty ... Himself
Melvyn Bragg ... Himself (as Melvin Bragg)
Ringo Starr ... Himself
Mary Ann Zabresky Mary Ann Zabresky ... Herself
Michael Leckebusch Michael Leckebusch ... Himself
Barry Fantoni Barry Fantoni ... Himself
Jeremy Paxman ... Himself
Bob Pridden Bob Pridden ... Himself
Keith Richards ... Himself (as Keith Richard)
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Storyline

Through concert performances and interviews, this film offers us an "inside look" at this famous rock group, "The Who". It captures their zany craziness and outrageous antics from the initial formation of the group to its major hit "Who Are You", and features the last performance of drummer keith Moon just prior to his death. Written by Concorde - New Horizons (with permission).

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Seeing is believing!

Genres:

Documentary | Music

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 November 1979 (Denmark) See more »

Also Known As:

The Who: The Kids Are Alright See more »

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Budget:

$2,000,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

The Who Films See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Although Steve Martin is billed as himself in the closing credits, he actually calls himself Ralph Baines in the scene he appears in. See more »

Goofs

Rick Danko of The Band is listed in the end credits as appearing in the film, even though his segment was deleted from the final print. See more »

Quotes

Keith Moon: [having just been introduced as "the guy who plays the sloppy drums", Moon reacts to someone who unexpectedly farts off-camera] You've got sloppy stagehands here.
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Crazy Credits

At the end of the opening "Smothers Brothers" clip where The Who demolish their equipment, Keith Moon's bass drum with the Who logo on it explodes, and the very same logo spirals forward to the middle of the screen. Then the words of the title of the film pop up from the bottom of the screen while Pete Townshend smashes Tommy Smothers' acoustic guitar. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Talking Pictures: Episode dated 7 September 1979 (1979) See more »

Soundtracks

I Can't Explain
Written by Pete Townshend
Performed by The Who
Fabulous Music Ltd.
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A rare great rock film
19 September 2001 | by hippiegalSee all my reviews

Maybe being such a fanatic of the Who I'm downright dogmatic in my beliefs that this is a great 70's rock film. The performances are exciting. Pete Townshend dishes out philosophy of rock music that only he can. The editing is quick so the movie never drags(i.e.The song remains the same) Many of the scenes are downright funny. Not only is it a movie that shows how talented the Who were as a band. It shows they could put on a great performance off stage as well( such as being interviewed) It's probably one of the very few rock movies from the 70's that has charm. Even though I do think it helps to be a big fan when watching it. But I think that's true of any rock movie or concert video.


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