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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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Trivia

The album front on the props used in the film during "In the Flesh?" and "Young Lust" is actually a black and white photo of Gerald Scarfe. It is also featured as the design on the hooker/groupie's shirt in "Young Lust" See more »

Goofs

As the jackbooted thugs march in a tunnel with Pink at the head, between the drug overdose and the fascist rally, they march left right left right. The visions cuts and the sound continues, left right left right. Cut back to the boots and now they are right left right left, one step out of time with the constant marching sound. 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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User Reviews

An assault on the senses, and a really great film!
17 May 1999 | by andy-227See all my reviews

"Pink Floyd The Wall" is a great film, based on the already great album by Pink Floyd! I was stunned by the use of imagery, combined with the great soundtrack of the album, which gave us a strange, drugged up vision of what a burnt out rock star would see. It's really crazy! Yet it shows how these famous rock stars are bombarded with fame and applause, and how insane it can drive an already disturbed person. "The Wall" itself, is the isolation and separation from society and saneness, which is a place that can easily be avoided if only people gave us a fair chance to. The depressing part about the film is that none of this is the rock star's fault. He was driven to it by loneliness in his growing up years(since he lost his father to the war), along with psychological torment by his teachers, parents, and above all, his sexually controlling wife. The movie is twisted because this is how the lead character sees the world. Worse yet, after he has already been driven to the edge of his own sanity, in his mind, the people who drove him to that edge, come back to testify against him. It's weird the first time you watch it, and looks a lot like a crazy music video that was pulled out of MTV. The only difference is that this one is telling a story, and has been transferred to the big wide screen. Alan Parker has directed the film, but Roger Waters seems to be in charge here, because it's his album, his story, and his conception. All that's really been done here is transforming the album to celluloid. I in some ways, like this better than the album, because now we have images to reinforce the songs and the story. I wish I could have seen this on the big screen, because the variety of images and the loud music seem compressed and compacted on a small TV set. You might not understand this the first time, especially if you haven't heard the album yet. But it really is a great film, and it actually has a story and a point that most music videos today unfortunately lack! I think that this film will teach people the reasons why these talented individuals suffer and lose their minds. The people that have guided and taken care of them while they grew up, often take away their ability to happily and normally function on their own. And the album and film's lesson is for not only the people who drove him to his wall to back off, but for him to pull himself out.


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