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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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The Memories. The Madness. The Music... The Movie. 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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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 scene with the rat is based on a episode from Roger Waters' childhood where he found a poisoned rat which he took home and attempted to nurture until it died. See more »

Goofs

Several obvious mirror shots during the Fascist rally scenes: the crossing-hammer armbands switching arms, left-handed handshakes, the strap worn on Pink's shoulder when walking down the hallway switching shouders, the same neo-Nazi member appearing to be standing on both ends of the row of neo-Nazis while they are chanting "waiting" during the "Waiting for the Worms" sequence. 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 DVD release has footage for "Hey you" that was cut on the theatrical release. Much of this footage was used in other scenes of the movie (a fight between the police and rioters, Pink and the giant wall...) See more »

Connections

Edited into David Gilmour: Beyond the Floyd (1984) See more »

Soundtracks

What Shall We Do Now?
Written by Roger Waters
Performed by Pink Floyd
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Why is The Wall so often misunderstood ?
15 February 1999 | by ZambelliSee all my reviews

I have seen the movie several times now and every time I watch it I see something new, something I haven't seen or heard before. Some unsung line, some lost message... Every time I watch the movie I seem to dig deeper into this complex work of art.

However, I cannot tell you how disappointed I am that this movie is so underestimated, and, above all, misunderstood. How many times have you heard someone say something like: "You can't watch 'The Wall' unless you're really drunk or really high" ? I have heard this line probably from every single person that has seen the movie and it hurts me so much that nobody really tries to understand the movie.

The key to understanding the movie is in the lyrics. The movie is not just a long series of video clips that accompany the album. The images are just a final piece of the puzzle, the final touch on a magnificent piece of art.

The first time I saw this movie I felt very embarassed. Yes, embarassed, because I felt like a fool for hearing the album so many times and not realizing what it was about. The movie made me appreciate the lyrics of a rock song for the first time in my life.

The week after seeing "The Wall" for the first time I bought Pink Floyd's "The Final Cut". Do you know what was the first thing I did when I opened the CD case? I read the lyrics, from the first to the last word. And I actually tried to understand what the album was about.

"The Wall" is so much more than you think it is. The only solution to not understaning the movie is watching it again and paying more attention. Once you get it, you will never forget it.


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