Pink Floyd - The Wall - The Wall (1982)
Front Cover Actor Back Cover
Bob Geldof Pink
Christine Hargreaves Pink's mother
James Laurenson Pink's father
Eleanor David Pink's wife
Kevin McKeon Young Pink
Bob Hoskins Rock 'n' Roll Manager
David Bingham Little Pink
Jenny Wright Pink's Groupie
Alex McAvoy Teacher
Ellis Dale English doctor
James Hazeldine Lover
Ray Mort Playground father
Marjorie Mason Teacher's wife
Robert Bridges American doctor
Michael Ensign Hotel manager
Marie Passarelli Spanish maid
Winston Rose Security Guard
Albert Moses Janitor
Mark Newman Paramedic
Gary Olsen Roadie
Vincent Wong Paramedic
Joanne Whalley Groupie
Pink Floyd Minder
Jonathan Scott Registrat
Joanna Dickens Dancing Teacher
John Broughton Teacher
Peter Jonfield Roadie
Roger Kemp Pink's Friend
Nell Campbell Groupie
Brenda Cowling Teacher
Jon Paul Morgan Housekeeper
Philip Davis Roadie
Rod Bedall Roadie
Diana King Wedding Witness
John Scott Martin Dancing Teacher
Lucita Lijertwood Smash & Grab Lady
Movie Details
Director Alan Parker
Producer Alan Marshall; Roger Waters
Writer Roger Waters
Studio Sony Entertainment
Language English
Audience Rating R (Restricted)
Running Time 99 mins
Country USA
Color Color
Plot
By any rational measure, Alan Parker's cinematic interpretation of Pink Floyd: The Wall is a glorious failure. Glorious because its imagery is hypnotically striking, frequently resonant, and superbly photographed by the gifted cinematographer Peter Biziou. And a failure because the entire exercise is hopelessly dour, loyal to the bleak themes and psychological torment of Roger Waters's great musical opus, and yet utterly devoid of the humor that Waters certainly found in his own material. Any attempt to visualize The Wall would be fraught with artistic danger, and Parker succumbs to his own self-importance, creating a film that's as fascinating as it is flawed.

The film is, for better and worse, the fruit of three artists in conflict--Parker indulging himself, and Waters in league with designer Gerald Scarfe, whose brilliant animated sequences suggest that he should have directed and animated this film in its entirety. Fortunately, this clash of talent and ego does not prevent The Wall from being a mesmerizing film. Boomtown Rats frontman Bob Geldof (in his screen debut) is a fine choice to play Waters's alter ego--an alienated, "comfortably numb" rock star whose psychosis manifests itself as an emotional (and symbolically physical) wall between himself and the cold, cruel world. Weaving Waters's autobiographical details into his own jumbled vision, Parker ultimately fails to combine a narrative thread with experimental structure. It's a rich, bizarre, and often astonishing film that will continue to draw a following, but the real source of genius remains the music of Roger Waters. --Jeff Shannon

Personal Details
Seen It Yes
Index 162
In Collection Yes
Owner David Cowley
Product Details
Format DVD
Region Region 1
Screen Ratio Widescreen 1.85:1 Color
Layers Single side, Single layer
UPC 074645019895
Release Date 1999
Subtitles English
Packaging Keep Case
Audio Tracks ENGLISH: Dolby Digital 5.1
ENGLISH: PCM Surround
Nr of Disks/Tapes 1
Extra Features
Color Animated Widescreen Dolby