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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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Won 2 BAFTA Film Awards. Another 1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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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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During "Comfortably Numb," the doctor mentions that Pink is asthmatic. While neither Syd Barrett nor Roger Waters were, Gerald Scarfe was. See more »

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The direction of the merry-go-round changes just before young Pink is put on it. See more »

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[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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Referenced in Disturbing Behavior (1998) See more »

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In the Flesh
Written by Roger Waters
Performed by Bob Geldof
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fascinating!
8 January 2005 | by See all my reviews

Roger Waters has weaved a compelling visual of the journey of a disturbed and misled mind. Though the viewer is sometimes left to sort out obscure animations and confusing images, it is not without direction. Subsequent viewings of this film reveal substance that only a genius could imbue in his writing. Character development through such subtle action in places casts a light upon Roger Waters as a person who understands the frailty of the human mind. The main character, Pink, portrays angles of the human condition we all face at some point by embodying a victimized character: sick over the loss of his father to the war; negatively spotlighted at school for talents that are apparently unfavorable at the time; unable or just unwilling to relate to his wife; and ultimately shut off from effectively relating to others because of an inability to express himself in ways that others understand.

Not only is the story captivating, but the music is such that it will always be noted as not only ahead of its time, but timeless.

The Wall is a masterpiece of storytelling, but not in the traditional sense. One must not watch this film expecting everything on a silver platter. Symbolism and metaphors abound, leaving a great deal of interpretation and adaptation to the viewer. Sit with an open mind and let Waters' character help you read into yourself.


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