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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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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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Details

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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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

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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Did You Know?

Trivia

Some of the animation in "The Trial" (the Wall enclosing around Pink, the Teacher as a marionette and turning into a hammer, the Teacher shoving the kids into a meat grinder and them coming out as worms) and the marching hammers in "Waiting for the Worms" first appeared in the original music video for "Another Brick in the Wall Part Two" that was released to promote the album. See more »

Goofs

Money stuffed into theatre manager's jacket pocket during the overdose scene disappears/reappears a couple of times. 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 »

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The Wall is one of the best albums/movies ever done
23 March 2000 | by seroSee all my reviews

What can you possibly say except that this movie is amazing?

"The Wall" is one of the few movies out there that has a powerful effect on the people are receptive to its message. Told with practically no dialogue, the only guide to the bizarre, frightening, and strange images is the incredible music by Pink Floyd, from their equally good double album. A considerable number of the songs were re-recorded for this movie, and one song (the heart-wrenching "When the Tigers Broke Free") was added. The new versions of the songs are sometimes worse than the album (Waiting for the Worms), and sometimes better (Mother, In the Flesh).

"The Wall" isn't a pleasant movie, nor is it a simplistic or banal movie. It is brutal, cynical, and disturbing, but it has moments of flesh-tingling beauty and an uplifting message in the end, if you persevere. I recommend both it and the album to anyone who enjoys a powerful movie. In my opinion, "The Wall," along with a few other albums, represents the pinnacle of rock music.


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