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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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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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One film that won't f-f-f-f-fade away See more »

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Documentary | Music

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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

As with Rick Danko, Australian comic character Norman Gunston, played by Garry McDonald, is both misspelled in the credits (as 'Gunsten') and was cut from the film. 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

Pete Townshend: I've got a guitar up here if any big-mouth little git wants to come and fucking take it off me.
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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 »

Alternate Versions

The 2003 DVD is the first home video edition to include the movie's complete credits. All previous versions ended as soon as "Long Live Rock" ended, but the theatrical edition continued rolling credits (words only, no Who footage) for an additional two minutes, with the song "The Kids Are Alright" heard underneath. The deletion of this section of the credits on previous home video editions is what led to the common misconception that the song "The Kids Are Alright" never appears in the movie that was named after it. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Talking Pictures: Episode #1.1 (1979) See more »

Soundtracks

Roadrunner
Written by Brian Holland, Lamont Dozier and Eddie Holland (as Edward Holland Jr.)
Performed by The Who
Stone Agate Music Corp.
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One of the best Rock and Roll documentaries ever made on the best Rock and Roll band
3 June 1999 | by MinaSkySee all my reviews

TKAA is a great mix of live and lip-synched performances, interviews and funny clips. The perfomances are stellar, particularly "Baba O'Riley" and "Won't Get Fooled Again". The Who are presented wonderfully here, all four getting their own moments.

The undisputed star of the show is drummer Keith Moon. His interview with Ringo Starr is hilarious. Pete Townshend is runner up, shown in all of his bitter youth glory. Roger Daltrey is given time during the perfomances to show himself off as a wonderful lead singer and the essense of the Tommy character. Only bassist John Entwistle is short changed, given very few moments on-screen. Yet his line about being too old to enjoy his money is classic. A must see for any rock fan.


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