Quadrophenia

Quadrophenia

Directed by Franc Roddam • 1979 • United Kingdom
Starring Phil Daniels, Leslie Ash, Sting

The Who’s classic rock opera “Quadrophenia” was the basis for this invigorating coming-of-age movie and depiction of the defiant, drug-fueled mod subculture of early-1960s London. Our antihero is Jimmy (Phil Daniels), a teenager dissatisfied with family, work, and love. He spends his time knocking around with his clothes-obsessed, pill-popping, scooter-driving fellow mods, a group whose antipathy for the motorcycle-riding rockers leads to a climactic riot in Brighton. Director Franc Roddam’s rough-edged film is a quintessential chronicle of youthful rebellion and turmoil, with Pete Townshend’s brilliant songs (including “I’ve Had Enough,” “5:15,” and “Love Reign O’er Me”) providing emotional support, and featuring Sting and Ray Winstone in early roles.

Quadrophenia
  • Quadrophenia

    Directed by Franc Roddam • 1979 • United Kingdom
    Starring Phil Daniels, Leslie Ash, Sting

    The Who’s classic rock opera “Quadrophenia” was the basis for this invigorating coming-of-age movie and depiction of the defiant, drug-fueled mod subculture of early-1960s London. Our antihero is Jimmy (Phi...

Extras

  • QUADROPHENIA Commentary

    This audio commentary, recorded in London in April 2012, features director Franc Roddam and cinematographer Brian Tufano.

  • Mods and Rockers: “Sept jours du monde”

    This segment from the May 22, 1964, episode of the French television news show “Sept jours du monde” is presented by journalist Jacques Ertaud.

  • Mods and Rockers: “Seize millons de jeunes”

    The following is an episode of the French television show “Seize millions de jeunes.” Entitled “Mods,” it originally aired on March 18, 1965, and is presented by Jean Lajournade and Alain de Sedouy.

  • Bill Curbishley on QUADROPHENIA

    The following interview with QUADROPHENIA coproducer Bill Curbishley was conducted in London in 2012. Curbishley has managed the Who since the mid-1970s.

  • Bob Pridden on QUADROPHENIA

    For this release of QUADROPHENIA, the Criterion Collection worked with Bob Pridden, the Who’s sound engineer for over thirty years, to create a new 5.1 surround mix of the band’s music in the film. The songs were meticulously restored and in some cases reconstructed from scratch from the original...