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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Taglines:

The Year Was 1964, and The Battle Was Just Beginning! See more »

Genres:

Drama | Music

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Trivia

The Who appear not just on the edition of Ready, Steady, Go! (1963) that Jimmy watches and an album sleeve at the house party, but also a portrait of Pete Townshend is on the boy's bedroom wall. See more »

Goofs

The shadow of the helicopter that filmed the final scenes on the white cliffs at Beachy Head is visible. Most people call these the white cliffs of Dover, but they aren't. The cliffs at Beachy Head are higher than the white cliffs of Dover. See more »

Quotes

Jimmy: Bellboyyyyyy!
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Crazy Credits

Jeans By Levis See more »

Alternate Versions

There are at least 4 scenes that have been deleted from the final film. These scenes have never been released anywhere in full, apart from on a short documentary that came with the 1997 UK video, but even then they are shown as photographs and not the actual full scenes. Most notable was the entire deletion of almost all of the dialogue from Ace Face (played by Sting), including 2 extended scenes from the police van and one of all the mods meeting up on their scooters before going to Brighton. Supposedly, the reason that all of Ace Face's dialogue was deleted was that Sting and the producers both agreed that this ruined his 'mysterious' character that he was playing and also may have taken the focus of the protagonist of the story, Jimmy. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Countdown: Episode #74.14 (2016) See more »

Soundtracks

Rhythm of the Rain
Written by John Gummoe (as John C. Gummoe)
Performed by The Cascades
Published by United Artists Records Limited
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God Save the Queen...
21 April 2020 | by XstalSee all my reviews

A feast of future C-list celebs and also rans remind us why Punk was so vital in resuscitating the corpse of British music and why that cadaver needs more help than ever today; Quadrophenia demonstrates the absolute misery created by the fascist regime, that left the youths of the day with no future, with little to look forward to once they'd outgrown their primitive street gang days, and an underground movement that left them in a bit of a Jam.

Ultimately a culture destroyed by technology, as the Vespa riders, and just about all alternative identifiers of the day have chosen to play in the abstract digital world. A forgotten adolescent mainstream dispersed and scattered to the margins like so many other traditions and cultures of yesteryear. A classic British film - bring on the Bank Holiday!


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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

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Sound Mix:

Dolby (Dolby Stereo)

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor) (uncredited)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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