Quadrophenia (1979)

This film version of the Who's rock opera Quadrophenia makes a few tentative stabs at "explaining" the alienation of 1960s British working-class youth, but its major selling point is its nonstop rock-and-R&B musical score,… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: November 2, 1979
DVD Release Date: March 29, 2005
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Brian Gibson
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)

Roddam's look back at an angsty young man in '65 is a throwback to the kitchen-sink dramas that began plumbing the depths of lower-class lives then. Reeking with a restless teen spirit, Quadrophenia leads us down adolescence's blind alleys of rebellion.

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Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews

An anti-musical...based on The Who's 1973 "rock opera" concept album...all the more brilliant for this seemingly counter-intuitive approach. [Blu-ray]

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Cole Smithey

"Quadrophenia" is a glorious representational story of male teen angst that transcends its British locations and great music with a sense of the confused romantic notions that young men the world over carry with them.

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Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing

Manages to be both quintessentially British and irrefutably universal.

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Christopher Long
Movie Metropolis

When you're an angry young man, there's no better way to prove you're an individual than to dress and act exactly like everybody else.

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Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Disappointing film version of a great concept album.

Eric Melin

Director Franc Roddam shot the film with a gritty, realistic feel and the themes of youthful rebellion and confusion are absolutely timeless, magnified by the specificity of the setting rather than being limited by it.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

The film lives through the superb raw angst-ridden performance of Phil Daniels.

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Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

Quadrophenia succeeds through its devil-may-care attitude and energy. It feels like a low-budget homemade movie from the period.

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Pierluigi Puccini
Mods vs. Rockers, Battlefield: England, 1960s. Disenchantment with adulthood and responsability hits harder than fists or kicks in the head for a real Mod like… More
Wahida K
The Year Was 1964, and The Battle Was Just Beginning!
Lady D'arbanville
A Classic Brit film with a cast full of Actors who went on to be well known names, whether that be in Soaps, Sit-coms, films or the Music business. A film that… More
Lafe Fredbjornson
Having loved "Tommy", I tried watching this movie, but couldn't get into it. Perhaps it was the grungy scenes, the heavily-accented characters,… More
Daniel Mumby
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