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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.

Director:

Alan Parker

Writers:

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

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Bob Geldof ... Pink
Christine Hargreaves Christine Hargreaves ... Pink's Mother
James Laurenson ... J.A. Pinkerton (Pink's Father)
Eleanor David ... Pink's Wife
Kevin McKeon ... Young Pink
Bob Hoskins ... Rock and Roll Manager
David Bingham David Bingham ... Little Pink
Jenny Wright ... American Groupie
Alex McAvoy ... Teacher
Ellis Dale Ellis Dale ... English Doctor
James Hazeldine ... Lover
Ray Mort ... Playground Father
Margery Mason Margery Mason ... Teacher's Wife (as Marjorie Mason)
Robert Bridges Robert Bridges ... American Doctor
Michael Ensign ... Hotel Manager
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Storyline

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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R | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 September 1982 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Pink Floyd The Wall See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$12,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$67,870, 8 August 1982, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$22,244,207
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70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints)| Dolby (35 mm prints)| Mono (some 35 mm prints)

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

Scenes for the song "Hey You" were filmed, showing British police in riot gear facing off against a mob. During editing, Roger Waters and Alan Parker watched a rough cut of what they had filmed thus far. As they watched, they felt the film becoming more and more depressing, and on the spur of the moment decided that "Hey You" would be cut, both to lighten the tone, and because it was running too long, in addition to its duplicating shots already used in other songs. The cut material was thought to be lost for some time, until a workprint (a rough cut used to build the edit before the original negatives are cut to match) was found to contain the "Hey You" segment, although only in black and white, heavily spliced, and with the editor's markings all over the film. In the DVD commentary, Roger Waters and Alan Parker explain that most of the footage from "Hey You" still exists in the original negatives because it was used in various scenes throughout the rest of the movie, as do several other out-takes and deleted shots (including one of Pink in the soldiers' hospital throwing things at the walls and windows, and some animated shots from "The Wall" show). In addition, at least one shot from "Hey You" that does not appear elsewhere in the film was used in the original theatrical trailer. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

[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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Alternate Versions

The final shot in the "Another Brick In The Wall, part 2" sequence, showing Young Pink and the Islington Green School class of 1951 throwing the Teacher into the bonfire, was deleted from the UK theatrical and Canadian VHS versions of the film, out of concern that actual children would try the stunt at home. See more »

Connections

Referenced in End Roll (2012) See more »

Soundtracks

What Shall We Do Now?
Written by Roger Waters
Performed by Pink Floyd
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Why is The Wall so often misunderstood ?
15 February 1999 | by ZambelliSee all my reviews

I have seen the movie several times now and every time I watch it I see something new, something I haven't seen or heard before. Some unsung line, some lost message... Every time I watch the movie I seem to dig deeper into this complex work of art.

However, I cannot tell you how disappointed I am that this movie is so underestimated, and, above all, misunderstood. How many times have you heard someone say something like: "You can't watch 'The Wall' unless you're really drunk or really high" ? I have heard this line probably from every single person that has seen the movie and it hurts me so much that nobody really tries to understand the movie.

The key to understanding the movie is in the lyrics. The movie is not just a long series of video clips that accompany the album. The images are just a final piece of the puzzle, the final touch on a magnificent piece of art.

The first time I saw this movie I felt very embarassed. Yes, embarassed, because I felt like a fool for hearing the album so many times and not realizing what it was about. The movie made me appreciate the lyrics of a rock song for the first time in my life.

The week after seeing "The Wall" for the first time I bought Pink Floyd's "The Final Cut". Do you know what was the first thing I did when I opened the CD case? I read the lyrics, from the first to the last word. And I actually tried to understand what the album was about.

"The Wall" is so much more than you think it is. The only solution to not understaning the movie is watching it again and paying more attention. Once you get it, you will never forget it.


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