Quadrophenia (1979)

★★★★☆ UK. 2h. Drama. Directed by Franc Roddam. Written by Dave Humphries, Franc Roddam, Martin Stellman, Pete Townshend. Cinematography by Brian Tufano. Edited by Sean Barton, Mike Taylor. Music by The Who. Starring Phil Daniels, Leslie Ash, Philip Davis, Mark Wingett, Sting, Ray Winstone, Gary Shail, Garry Cooper, Toyah Wilcox, Trevor Laird, Andy Sayce, Kate Williams, Michael Elphick, Kim Neve, Benjamin Whitrow.

Stars Phil Daniels as Jimmy, a young 1960s London-based Mod who escapes from his dead-end job as a mailroom boy by dancing, partying, taking amphetamines, riding his scooter and brawling with the motorcycle-riding Rockers. After he and his friends participate in a huge brawl with the Rockers at the seaside town of Brighton, he is arrested and his life starts to spiral out of control; he loses his love interest (Leslie Ash), gets kicked out of his house by his parents, and discovers that his idol, the popular mod nicknamed “Ace Face” (Sting), is actually a bell boy at a hotel. Unlike the adaptation of Tommy, Quadrophenia is not a musical film, and the band does not appear live in the film.

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