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Saturday At The Movies: Quadrophenia

by Flyovercountry ( 7 Comments › )
Filed under Headlines at February 9th, 2013 - 8:41 am

The best quality version of this came in two parts. From last week’s treatise on American youth gangs, we move ourselves across the pond and see the British version in this cult classic featuring the, “Mods,” vs. the, “Rockers.” This youth finds its way to growing up piece is slightly different than others, as it requires a more sudden epiphany on the part of our main character.

The Who released three movies from their production company Who Films Limited. Of the three, which also included, “Tommy,” and, “The Kids Are Alright,” this one is in my opinion the best of the bunch. Their last effort was a documentary, and contained snippets of interviews and back stage boredom. Their first child was an opera that took a decided turn into silliness from the otherwise decent set up at their admittedly misguided look into autism. The middle child involved a coherent story from start to finish, had a message that turned out to be uplifting, saw our hero learn a lesson, and managed to keep tension alive for the full length of the movie. The main character is a train wreck to be sure, but never to the point where we stop identifying with him, and his awkward attempts to fit into his world.

Making his entertainment industry debut in this movie is, “Sting,” who portrayed the role of, “Ace,” a full decade before the Police recorded and released their debut album.

Part One

Part Two


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7 Responses to “Saturday At The Movies: Quadrophenia”
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  1. The Osprey
    1 | February 9, 2013 12:00 pm

    Making his entertainment industry debut in this movie is, “Sting,” who portrayed the role of, “Ace,” a full decade before the Police recorded and released their debut album.


    Quadrophenia, the album by the WHO was released in 1973.

    Quadrophenia, the movie based on the Album was produced and released in 1979, the same year Sting and The Police released their second album, Regatta de Blanc.

    Sting was already an up and coming New Wave Rock star at the time the movie was released, it is one of the reasons he was chosen for the role.

    The release of the movie Quadrophenia was a big influence on the Mod and Ska revival that was a part of the late 70’s- early 80’s music scene in Britain and to a lesser extent the US and other Anglosphere countries.

  2. The Osprey
    2 | February 9, 2013 12:03 pm


  3. The Osprey
    3 | February 9, 2013 12:36 pm


  4. The Osprey
    4 | February 9, 2013 12:38 pm


  5. The Osprey
    5 | February 9, 2013 12:40 pm


  6. huckfunn
    6 | February 9, 2013 12:54 pm

    Some Quadrophenia trivia. I was in the Army when The Who’s Quadrophenia album came out (in quadrophonic sound) and the album was part of the marketing scheme for the “new” quad stereo systems. If you were in the Army at the time, you would go to the PX and order a huge stereo system… receiver, speakers, turntable, reel-to-reel tape recorder. A lot of my friends got suckered into the quadrophonic systems and those quad systems were essentially obsolete within a year and very few quad albums were released.

  7. coldwarrior
    7 | February 10, 2013 10:47 pm

    i have this on vinyl and listen to it on a turntable once in a while.

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