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Quadrophenia (1979)

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Jimmy loathes his job and parents. He seeks solace with his mod clique, scooter riding, and drugs only to be disappointed.

Director:

Franc Roddam

Writers:

Dave Humphries (screenplay), Martin Stellman (screenplay) | 1 more credit »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Phil Daniels ... Jimmy
Leslie Ash ... Steph
Phil Davis ... Chalky (as Philip Davis)
Mark Wingett ... Dave
Sting ... Ace Face
Ray Winstone ... Kevin (as Raymond Winstone)
Garry Cooper ... Peter
Gary Shail Gary Shail ... Spider
Toyah Willcox ... Monkey
Trevor Laird Trevor Laird ... Ferdy
Kate Williams Kate Williams ... Mother
Michael Elphick ... Father
Kim Neve Kim Neve ... Yvonne
Benjamin Whitrow ... Mr. Fulford
Daniel Peacock Daniel Peacock ... Danny
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Storyline

London, 1965: Like many other youths, Jimmy hates the philistine life, especially his parents and his job in a company's mailing division. Only when he's together with his friends, a 'Mod' clique, cruising London on his motor-scooter and hearing music such as that of 'The Who' and 'The High Numbers', does he feel free and accepted. However, it's a flight into an illusionary world. Written by Tom Zoerner <Tom.Zoerner@informatik.uni-erlangen.de>

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mod | rocker | the who | scooter | beach | See All (118) »

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Hell On Wheels! See more »

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Drama | Music

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 November 1979 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Er du gal, mand? See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

The Who Films,Polytel See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby (Dolby Stereo)

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor) (uncredited)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Phil Davis auditioned for Jimmy, but was cast as Chalky instead. See more »

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The double LP "The Who Sell Out" and "A Quick One" special edition was not released until 1974. See more »

Quotes

Kev: I don't give a monkey's arsehole about Mods and Rockers. Underneath, we're all the same, 'n't we?
Jimmy: No, Kev, that's it. Look, I don't wanna be the same as everybody else. That's why I'm a Mod, see? I mean, you gotta be somebody, ain't ya, or you might as well jump in the sea and drown.
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Jeans By Levis See more »

Alternate Versions

In the US cable TV version only some of the swearing has been dubbed over, presumably because of confusion caused by the cockney accents. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Exhumed (2003) See more »

Soundtracks

Da Doo Ron Ron
Written by Jeff Barry, Ellie Greenwich & Phil Spector
Performed by The Crystals
Published by Phil Spector Records Inc.Polydor Int.
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The British Rebel Without A Cause...
4 October 2002 | by Pedro_HSee all my reviews

A young man joins the British mod movement and gains a feeling of belonging and importance, but this makes him even more disenfranchised from his boring 9 to 5 life.

Britain's answer to Rebel Without A Cause is based around a fair-to-middling Who concept album (they financed the movie too) and was made on a modest budget, but has far too much going for it to be ignored. Especially if you are working class and come from the UK.

(How it is viewed elsewhere is beyond my telling, but reading reviews on this site I get the impression that people from all over the world can relate to its central themes - even if the locations and accents are alien.)

Director Franc Roddam was smart enough to cast a young Phil Daniels in the central role of Jimmy. Daniels is a good actor, but he is neither smooth or particularly good looking. This prevents him being accused of glamorising some of the things that he gets up to.

Jimmy is, indeed, also a bit naive. He has a boring job in the post room of an advertising agency (note the satire about pushing smoking - this is the "no health warning" 60's!) and rides around on a scooter with lots of lights on the front.

Life, for him, is about getting through the day and partying at night/weekends to the hip sounds of the day - the non-Who soundtrack album is a taster to mid 60's Brit Pop.

(His parents don't understand him either - but this could be taken as read in this style of movie!)

As most of us know, and a few even tell Jimmy in the movie proper: Life cannot be all parties, cheap thrills and gang fights, but he doesn't seem to want to listen. He is one of the world's great "there must be more to life than this" merchants - in this he is right, but you need to be brighter, better educated or better looking to have it.

There is a good cast of British new wavers on show here: Leslie Ash plays Jimmy's love interest and Sting gets to be the "Ace Face" - the good looking top dog mod that Jimmy wants to be. The home truth about this character leaves Jimmy even more exposed.

Quadrophenia is one of the greatest films about being a teenager ever made and thank god we have video cassettes, DVDs and cable/sat TV so people can actually see it. A low budget classic that deserves to seen at least once by all film buffs and several times if it reflects your life in any way.


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