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Genres: Stage Plays / Musicals / Dances, Musicals / Performing Arts, Drama, Music, Teen, 60s, Rock Music, Criterion Collection

Cast: Phil Daniels, Sting, Ray Winstone

Director: Franc Roddam

Synopsis: The Who's classic rock opera QUADROPHENIA was the basis for this invigorating coming-of-age movie and depiction of the defiant, drug-fueled London of the early 1960s. Our antihero, Jimmy (Meantime's Phil Daniels), is a teenager dissatisfied with family, work, and love, who identifies with the fashionable, pill-popping, scooter-driving mods, a group whose opposition to 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 (Dune) and Ray Winstone (Sexy Beast) in early roles.

Language: English

Country of Origin: United Kingdom

Production Year: 1979


  • "A musical spectacle of exploding energy.", Los Angeles Times
  • "A terrific movie.... Pulsates with such vitality and conviction it threatens to explode at every turn.", Los Angeles Times
  • "It remains one of the most wrenching films about adolescent angst.", Amy Taubin, The Village Voice

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