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½ October 7, 2018
The music is great, the topic of the mods and rockers and just the depiction of the youth of that time is very interesting. However, the storywriting leaves much to be desired,the characters are just way too one dimensional or their actions just don't make sense at all and the acting isn't that great either.
September 24, 2018
A rollicking clash of subcultures with a first-person perspective on how one actually gets caught up in that kind of thing. Absolutely brilliant, plus, Sting.
July 27, 2018
one of the greatest movies ever made
July 18, 2018
Franc Roddam masterpiece exploring youth angst in 60's England. The iconic album by the Who transitions to film, creating a cinematic gem. Thousands upon thousands of not only British youth, but young people worldwide, evolved their own lifestyle of music, clothing and transport around this film in which no other film can compare. Even after almost 40 years, this film still resonates with today's youth in some way. Be prepared before you view it, your life may never be the same again. Jump on your Lambretta or Vespa, smarten up, dance all night & and relive your youth the way it should have been!
March 16, 2018
Not a fan of The Who but it feels like there's too much reliance on fandom here and it forces the narrative to fit in with the music. Other than that, I do like some of the more accurate portrayals of rebellious UK Rock lifestyle and the divisive nature specifically of the teenagers and authorities. It feels more personal here than a lot of films that have touched on that subject in such a cliche way.
September 28, 2017
Once you can get past what the movie is not-a cinematic realization of the Who's Wagnerian rock opera-you can appreciate the movie for what it is. The narrative and the mood of the album are here, the style and the faces, even if the music takes a back seat to the setting. An energetic realism and nostalgia propels the film rather than Moon's crashing drums, and though the final act suffers as the music's psychological fracturing is transformed into a typical street fight, by the end you can't imagine having filmed the album any other way.
August 12, 2016
A nostalgic angst-ridden blast.
½ July 26, 2016
Interesting take on the mods vs rockers scene of the 1960s. Plot is pretty basic though, and verges on pretentious towards the end. Movie is made by the soundtrack, performed by The Who.

Decent performances all round. Has Sting in a semi-major role.
April 2, 2016
Hilarious, well directed and well shot with superb performances. Its got an atmosphere and tone that nothing can match. A film that makes me proud to be British.
November 5, 2015
Cool music, cool parka coat, cool scooters.
September 19, 2015
Just a brilliant movie, can't think of a bad moment in it, absolutely love it.
½ August 31, 2015
Poor acting and a drab script. Not what I was expecting.
½ July 2, 2015
Often dubbed as the British "Mean Streets", yet it's less Scorsese and more Hal Ashby (the Harold & Maude parallels are impossible to ignore). Quadrophenia gives us moments of brilliance and others fail to even entertain. Uneven is the key word, but the film is powered by a phenomenal soundtrack (not only by The Who) that compensates some lack of depth.
½ March 31, 2015
When it was legal to ride a motorbike without helmet ...
To see this movie made me 30 years younger ... I have been in that disco.
February 21, 2015
I really like this film, although I think this is largley because I'm English and can sort of relate to the scene which I think you have to be able to do to enjoy it. It's also funny to see so many famous faces in their early years. There are hollywood, Brittish TV, and pop stars aplenty. The only downside to this was the soundtrack parts written by the Who for the film. I recently watched this with subtitles and you notice how ridiculous their lyrics are, almost broadway musical proportions.
½ February 11, 2015
"Hey, we can do the show right here". This has its origins in the slew of "pop" films made in the late 50's early 60's, The ones that usually starred Cliff Richard.

The cast look at odds with the dialogue. Daniels looks and acts like a demented sock puppet, probably trying too hard to inject some passion. The complexities of the original album themes, and his character, watered down for mass appeal.

Its a checkbox film:

Scooters n Parkas - Check
Mods v Rockers - Check
Inter-Generational Conflict - check
Sex n Drugs - Check
Chicken shit ending - check
½ February 6, 2015
Based upon The Who's 1973 album of the same name, this isn't a musical like Tommy (1975) was, it's something quite different. It uses the story told throughout the album to make a youth film, and a very good one at that. It's littered with lots of familiar faces and it uses songs from the Quadrophenia album, and other by the The Who and other artists to tell the story, it's a great timepiece too. Set in 1964, it tells the story of Jimmy Cooper (Phil Daniels), a mod who works in as a post room boy in an advertising firm. His parents (Michael Elphick and Kate Williams) don't understand what he's rebelling against, and they don't like him staying out all hours with his friends Dave (Mark Wingett), Chalky (Philip Davis) and Spider (Gary Shail). One Bank Holiday, Jimmy and his Mod friends clash with Rockers down in Brighton, which ends up in a massive riot, which ends up with Jimmy in jail, and it leaves him severely depressed as well. Then, his parents kick him out, he quits his job in disgust, and heads back to Brighton to recapture the spirit of that weekend. It's a very simple story, but even though it was done on a very low budget, it makes for a good film with a who's who of British film and TV of that time. Director Franc Roddam (who later came up with the ideas for Auf Wiedersehen, Pet and Masterchef), captures the spirit of Cool Britannia at that time, with the anthems of The Who, like The Kid's Are Alright and Anyway, Anyhow, Anywhere made it seem like the youth then could do anything.
December 25, 2014
Franc Roddam's directorial debut, is one of the first looks at working class life, teenage angst, sex, drugs & violence based in 1964 Britain, based on the semjnal rock opera by The Who. Roddam's approach is a realistic one, he turned away original writter, Pete Townsend's idea of using a complete orchestral version of his rock opera. Rodam directs as if its a documentary following a week in a young mod's footsteps, Roddam's approach makes the film extremely realistic, and is one of the first films to be made which has frequent bad language, adding more realism of how the working class speak. Filled with some great music from the late 50's & early 60's, with of course music from its source (which was released in the 70's), excellent performances from its then unknown cast & with real mods & rockers as extras, this is an extremely realistic film about teenage life in the 60's, through anger, sex, drugs and violence. This is a modern classic & you'd be quite surprised on how much of the content can still be relative in today's society.
November 11, 2014
There's a lot to expect if you're a fan of "The Who".
October 28, 2014
Film based on The Who opera about the real life events from southern England and the battles in Brighton between gangs of Mods and Rockers.
The film revolves around the central character of Jimmy played by Phil Daniels.
Jimmy is your typical Mod but we see his descent into a drugged up violent tempered ending.
A smuttering of Cockney stars (and Sting) make up the cast. Look out for a youthful looking Nasty Nick Cotton and Jim Carver off The Bill.
The soundtrack makes the film though. The Who deserve recognition.
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