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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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Pink Floyd The Wall. Now The Film. 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

During his years at Niagara University, Poet and Writer J.R. Gabriel was inspired by The Wall and wrote a series of work reflecting the darker side of natural beauty. His Folder Cover Poetry held titles like - "A Lone a Loner". See more »

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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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Connections

Featured in Retrospective: Looking Back at the Wall (1999) See more »

Soundtracks

Another Brick in the Wall (Part 2)
Written by Roger Waters
Performed by Pink Floyd
Vocals by Pupils of Islington Green School
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the ultimate baked potato experience
6 March 1999 | by PIST-OFFSee all my reviews

Whether you're sober, buzzed, high, or fully baked this movie is enjoyable. Anyway you look at it. Some people will naturally say you can only watch it high for it to make sense. Ignore those pothead hippies. Don't get me wrong I love pot as much as the next guy but what they say is untrue. Maybe it's more enjoyable baked or drunk but what isn't? If you're under the age of 30 and over the age of 12 and haven't seen it feel free to join your generation anytime now. What you missing is a great movie about isolation, depression, and anger. And for those of you too baked for any amount of attention span put the movie on anyways cause the soundtrack rules. However if you ever run across a chance to see it at a theater, as a midnite matinee or just a run of old movies, pay any amount for admission it'll be worth it. For those of you who enjoy getting stoned and watching movies see Story Of Ricky. It's nearly as good as this. For those of you looking for insanity on video see Taxi Driver.


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