'John McVicar' was a London Bad Boy. He graduated to armed bank robbery and was Britain's "Public Enemy No. 1". He was captured and put into a high security prison. Will even the highest ... See full summary »
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>
The sex scene in an alleyway with Jimmy & Steph was completely cut by the then Irish censor Frank Hall when Quadrophenia was first theatrically released in Ireland. See more »
A cinema advertising Heaven Can Wait (released in 1978 can be seen in the background when the Mods fight against the Rockers. See more »
[on Kev's leather jacket]
'Ere, I never realized.
Never realized what?
You's a rocker.
What, am I black or something?
Well you ain't exactly white in that sort of get up, are you?
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One of the main criticisms at the time "Quadrophenia" came out was that it was noisy and violent rubbish. Quite how this opinion was ever formed is puzzling because the film I saw was a brilliant realistic portrayal of a mod in the 60's. The film has directorial flair, an excellent soundtrack and some underrated scripting and performances. It perfectly captures the angst and disillusionment of its protaganist to a level that has never been seen on film before or since.
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