- 1 Widescreen Presentation
- Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround
- Original Theatrical Trailer
- Interview With Sting
- Director's Commentary Track With Franc Roddam
- Photo Gallery Including Publicity Photos, Memorabilia And Continuity Polaroids From Franc Roddam's Scripts
- Rhino's Film Restoration
- Trivia Tracks Accessed Trhough The Subtitle Function
- Animated Location Map
- Are You A Mod Or A Rocker? Quiz
- The WHO Discography
- Cast And Crew Filmographies
- Mod Film List From modculture.com
- Easter Eggs Include "Portrait Of A Mod," Reviews Of The Film, Riot Button And More
- Rated: R
- Run Time: 1 hours, 55 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: March 21, 2001
- Originally Released: 1979
- Label: Rhino Theatrical
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Packaging: Keep Case
- Single Side - Single Layer
- Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
- Dolby Digital 5.1 - English
- Additional Release Material:
- Audio Commentary: Franc Roddam - Director
- Trailers: Original Theatrical Trailer
- Interactive Features:
- Scene Access
- Animated Location Map
- Interactive Menus: Full-Motion Menus
- Trivia Games:
- Are You a Mod or a Rocker'
- Publicity Photos
- Script Photos
- Discographies: The Who
- Phil Daniels - Star
- Mark Wingett - Star
- Sting - Star
- Franc Roddam - Director
Performers, Cast and Crew:
Variety - 05/02/1979
"...An authentic piece of nostalgia....With a fine soundtrack by The Who which plays a strong integral part in the storytelling..."
New York Times - 11/02/1979
"...Gritty and ragged and sometimes quite beautiful..."
Entertainment Weekly - 10/05/2001
"...[The film] retains its reeling us-versus-them urgency..."
Total Film - 08/01/2003
"...This energetically bleak era-definer deserves another peek..."
Mojo - 12/01/2004
"Brilliant '89 adaptation of Pete Townshend's homage to mid-''60s mod culture..."
Sight and Sound - 12/01/2006
"Roddam translates the Who's rock opera into a vivid recreation of mid-1960s mod culture, preserving the clothes, music and Vespa scooters..."
Description by OLDIES.com:
Sex, Drugs & Rock 'n' Roll...Nothing Changes!
Jimmy Cooper (Phil Daniels) is primed to go off the edge. The Italian scooter, bespoke suit and the other trappings of being Mod make for a subversive rebellion against his British working class surroundings. But even the pills and fleeting moments with his mates don't ease the assault of growing pains that are deepening his alienation. It only gets messier when he finally joins one of the headline making seaside clashes of 1964 between the Mods and their mortal enemies, the motorcycle-cruising, leather-clad Rockers. A reality check of his idol, the smooth Ace Face hastens Jimmy's identity crisis.
Among the most definitive films on a youth cult, this human drama adapted from and featuring The Who's seminal Quadrophenia (including the anthemic "My Generation," "The Real Me," and "Love Reign O'er Me"), bursts with all the tragic frustration and irrepressible euphoria of youth on the verge of adulthood.
After essentially inventing the rock opera format, The Who followed the cult favorite TOMMY and numerous aborted rock-opera projects with the album QUADROPHENIA. This film version, directed by Franc Roddam, illuminated the feelings of disillusionment and confusion evident in songs such as "Love Reign O'er Me," "Dr. Jimmy," "The Real Me," and "Bellboy."
The film follows the bitter battle between the Mods and the Rockers, two rival biker gangs. The story is seen through the eyes of Jimmy Cooper (Phil Daniels), an angry young man whose hatred of authority and mediocrity is matched only by his passion for rhythm and blues music. When the Mods and Rockers both arrive in Brighton on holiday a riot breaks out, landing Jimmy in prison with Ace (Sting in his acting debut), the idolized leader of the Mods. Jimmy returns to London where his parents kick him out and he loses his job. He then discovers Ace is working as a bootlicking bellboy, leaving Jimmy confused and enraged. He hijacks a scooter and rides to the cliff tops that act as a highly symbolic backdrop for the film's bleak conclusion.
- Theatrical release: November 2, 1979.
- Rock musician Sting makes his acting debut in QUADROPHENIA.
- Songs include "The Real Me," "Love, Reign O'er Me," and "My Generation."