Quadrophenia

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Released 1979

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Director:
Franc Roddam
Released:
1979
Rating:
R
The Who's classic rock opera Quadrophenia was the basis for this invigorating coming-of-age movie and depiction of the defiant, drug-fueled mod subculture of early 1960s London. Our antihero is Jimmy (Phil Daniels), a teenager dissatisfied with family, work, and love. He spends his time knocking around with his clothes-obsessed, pill-popping, scooter-driving fellow mods, a group whose antipathy for the motorcycle-riding rockers leads to a climactic riot in Brighton. Director Franc Roddam's rough-edged film is a quintessential chronicle of youthful rebellion and turmoil, with Pete Townshend's brilliant songs (including "I've Had Enough," "5:15," and "Love Reign O'er Me") providing emotional support, and featuring Sting and Ray Winstone in early roles.

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  • 80

    Variety

    Sting, as the weekend super-Mod whose image collapses when he's revealed to work as a bellhop, cuts a slick dash in the dancehall sequences.

  • 75

    Chicago Tribune Mark Caro

    Plays more like a gritty, episodic British independent film powered by a soundtrack of Who songs that illuminate the main character's turbulent emotions.

  • 75

    Christian Science Monitor David Sterritt

    Roddam's minor but imaginative 1979 movie.

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    Crime, Psychological, 70s