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Pink Floyd: The Wall (1982)

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A confined but troubled rock star descends into madness in the midst of his physical and social isolation from everyone.



(album "The Wall"), (screenplay)
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Won 2 BAFTA Film Awards. Another 1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Christine Hargreaves ...
J.A. Pinkerton (Pink's Father)
David Bingham ...
Little Pink
Ellis Dale ...
Playground Father
Margery Mason ...
Teacher's Wife (as Marjorie Mason)
Robert Bridges ...
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Rock star Pink Floyd is a tortured soul. Because of his childhood, he has always tried to make meaningful emotional connections to other living creatures. That childhood includes not having a male role model with his father having been killed in the war, his overprotective mother smothering him, and an oppressive school system quashing his natural creativity. Being a rock star, he is often wanted more because of what he is than who he is. The most recent failure in that true connection to someone or something else is his marriage, when on tour, he discovers that his wife back home is cheating on him. His response is to go in the opposite direction, by building a figurative wall around him to isolate himself from the rest of the world, but not before showing graphically his feelings on different gut levels. The question becomes if he or anyone else can do anything to tear down the wall in a meaningful way. Written by Huggo

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The Music, The Nightmares, The Motion Picture See more »


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Release Date:

17 September 1982 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Pink Floyd The Wall  »


Box Office


$12,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$67,870, 8 August 1982, Limited Release

Gross USA:

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Sound Mix:

(70 mm prints)| (35 mm prints)| (some 35 mm prints)



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


In the "Is there Anybody Out There" sequence, when Pink is clawing at the wall, the sound effect that is heard is also in the song "Echoes" on the "Meddle" album. See more »


At the intro when Pink is in his hotel room and the camera pans down his arm, he is wearing his Mickey Mouse watch upside-down. See more »


[first lines]
Pink: [singing] So ya, thought ya might like to, go to the show. To feel the warm thrill of confusing that space cadet glow. Tell me is something eluding you sunshine? Is this not what you expected to see? If you wanna find out what's behind these cold eyes, you'll just have to claw your way through this disguise!
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References The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1920) See more »


Outside the Wall
Written by Roger Waters
Performed by Pink Floyd
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Crazy.... Over the Rainbow I am Crazy.... Bars in the Window
10 November 2002 | by See all my reviews

Wow. this is truly a work of art. No, that isn't doing this movie justice. This is a masterpiece. No other rock opera, or most movies in general, can top the insanity that is this movie. This movie peers into the mind of an over protected, reclusive, and sometimes violent rock star, who has taken enough of life and the people in it.

This is the story of Pink, poor old Pink, who's father left him one morning in black 44', and who's mother was so protective she smothered him with her love and all of her fears; who's wife tried so hard to open his heart, but found that nobody was home; and who eventually built a wall so high that he could not break free, and eventually his seclusion from the outside world brought out a side of Pink that he, nor the rest of the world, would wish to ever see. Soon his sadistic, Hitler-esc side takes control of the world, with help from his zombie like fans who follow any command that is thrown at them.

But by the time the dictator is mentally faded away by Pink, and he is able to see that shielding himself from the world with his now endless wall is only driving him crazier, it could be too late. So goes the quote above, taken from "The Trial", which is the end of the Wall, and Pink's last chance for freedom from his Wall.

This is just an outstanding movie. Everything works in this movie, the twisted live action, the animation that probably is what being insane is like, and, most of all, the music that is, in my opinion, the greatest album ever created (to Hell with Dark Side of the Moon, it was good, but it doesn't even compare to "The Wall"). Pink Floyd is my favorite band (along with The Who and The Rolling Stones, an odd combination, I know), and when their best album was made into a movie, I knew that Hollywood had at least a little common sense, even though Hollywood shunned it, and most of the reviews I've read here are negative, but I don't care, I'm watching it and enjoying for me, and no other opinion matters.

My favorite songs off of this movie/album are "Mother", "One of My Turns", "There's Nobody Home", "Comfortably Numb" (probably my favorite song, actually), and, of course, "The Trial". One last thing, if you are ever in a position where you have to choose between this and "Tommy", pick this, because "Tommy" wasn't very good. In-fact, if it didn't have the great music of The Who in it, I would say it blew. Just a quick reminder. 10/10

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