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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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Genres:

Drama | Music

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 November 1979 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Quadrophenia See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

The Who Films, Polytel See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby (Dolby Stereo)

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor) (uncredited)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Kate Williams was cast at the last minute as Jimmy's mother. See more »

Goofs

This movie is supposed to be set in 1964, yet at the party the Mods dance to The Who's "My Generation"...a song not released until late 1965. Also Jimmy watches The Who on "Ready Steady Go" on TV performing "Anyway, Anyhow, Anywhere", also not released until 1965. See more »

Quotes

Jimmy: Nothing seems right, apart from Brighton. I mean, Brighton was OK. Going to court with the Ace and that. And, like, I was a mod there, you know? I mean that's something, innit, eh?
Steph: Oh, what are you talkin' about? Brighton was a laugh. That's why we went down. It was a giggle, that's all.
Jimmy: Oh, yeah? And me and you, then? Was that just a giggle?
Steph: Oh, what do you think? All right, so I fancied you. We had it off together. But that don't mean nothin', does it?
Jimmy: It did to fuckin' me!
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Crazy Credits

Jeans By Levis See more »

Alternate Versions

About half a dozen scenes had been cut from the original German releases in a more or less random selection, shortening the movie by some 20 minutes. Newer versions seen on cable TV include these missing parts non-dubbed with German subtitles. See more »

Connections

Featured in Quadrophenia: Our Generation (2019) See more »

Soundtracks

Baby Don't You Do It
Written by Lamont Dozier, Brian Holland and Eddie Holland
Performed by Marvin Gaye
Published by Motown Records Corps.
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That's why I'm a Mod see, because I don't want to be like everyone else.
4 March 2008 | by hitchcockthelegendSee all my reviews

As the years have wore on, Quadrophenia has broken free of tagged cult classic status to emerge as a bona fide candidate for best British youth movie ever. The iconography of its main protagonist has subsided to let the core sensibility of the movies theme shine thru, this is pure and simple a perfect depiction of fallen youth during a heady time, a tale of ones ideology crumbling so sadly over the course of one weekend.

The period is captured vividly by director Franc Roddam, the stark threat of violence mixed in with the best music the 60s had to offer, serves to let the viewer feel they were there at the time, and the result is a perfect period piece. The story follows Jimmy {a tremendous Phil Daniels} on a voyage of discovery that is funny at times, yet also very sadly tragic, and for anyone who was once a teenager searching for identity and purpose........ then this film will have maximum resonance.

Wonderful 9/10.


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