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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.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Pink
Christine Hargreaves ... Pink's Mother
... J.A. Pinkerton (Pink's Father)
... Pink's Wife
... Young Pink
... Rock and Roll Manager
David Bingham ... Little Pink
... American Groupie
... Teacher
Ellis Dale ... English Doctor
... Lover
... Playground Father
Margery Mason ... Teacher's Wife (as Marjorie Mason)
Robert Bridges ... American Doctor
... Hotel Manager
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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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17 September 1982 (USA)  »

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$12,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$67,870, 8 August 1982, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$22,244,207
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2.39 : 1
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Roger Waters said that the song "Nobody Home" was "about all kinds of people that I've known." The line "I've got a grand piano to prop up my mortal remains" is about keyboardist Rick Wright, who was suffering with a serious cocaine problem at the time. After the film's London premiere, Mason insisted that Wright was "on holiday." Gilmour ultimately told the truth, as, along with cocaine, Wright had been going through a divorce from his wife Juliette. Except for a one-off experiment called Zee that produced an unsuccessful album titled "Identity" in 1984, Wright essentially disappeared from music until Gilmour restarted Pink Floyd in 1987. See more »

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When the young Pink finds his father's service revolver and ammunition in his mother's bedroom, the ammunition has a metal jacket (i.e. the actual "bullet" part has a brass casing over it). When he dishes them out to his friends in the railway embankment the rounds are ordinary lead rounds without he brass casing. See more »

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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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The Happiest Days of Our Lives
Written by Roger Waters
Performed by Pink Floyd
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The Human Condition
13 January 2006 | by See all my reviews

If for whatever reason you should find yourself in the company of aliens from the planet Nietsche , a planet whose inhabitants have gone beyond what can be described as human nature so much so that they have no knowledge of what being human is , then show them this film that explains everything

The story starts with the Anzio landings that sees the death of Pink's father . As Plato said " Only the dead have seen the end of war " and that is bitterly true , man will always be man and man will always kill man until the end of time

Pink goes to school and education is a double edged sword . It has the potential to educate young humans but as often happens these young humans find themselves being used as victims of whatever mood the teacher is in . Someone must pay for authorities inaquequacies

Pink leaves school and falls in love , but love is the sharpest and most double edged sword in all of creation . It inspires but it also destroys us . Despite hundreds of millions of human beings being killed in wars , genocide and purges there is nothing so personally painful or as cruel as the betrayal by a lover . The darkest pits of Hell can not be as hellish or as sadistic as infidelity

As Pink descends further into his personal madness we see him take his revenge . Humans are sexual beings and perhaps this is what makes us both demons and avenging angels . Irony is to the fore as he stops becoming a victim and turns into unfeeling fascist dictator . Someone must pay for all the wrongs Pink has endured and it's the innocent that must suffer

You could go to the planet Nietsche with all the written works of every human philosopher who ever lived and that still wouldn't be enough to explain what it's like to be human . As it stands Alan Parker and Roger Waters have made a cogent film explaining why humans are the way they are and how they react to the surrounding universe . It's a film whose soundtrack is every bit as powerful as the human condition


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