"Quadrophenia" Is Released

Quadrophenia is a 1979 British film based on the 1973 rock opera album Quadrophenia by The Who.

The film stars Phil Daniels in the leading role as a Mod named Jimmy. The film also stars Toyah Willcox, Mark Wingett, Leslie Ash, Ray Winstone, Timothy Spall, Gary Holton, Phil Davis, Michael Elphick, Kate Williams, Sting, John Altman and Trevor Laird. It was directed by Franc Roddam in his feature directing debut.

In 2004 the magazine Total Film named Quadrophenia the 35th greatest British film of all time.

The cast were reunited after 28 years at Earls Court on 1 and 2 September 2007 as part of 'The Quadrophenia Reunion' at the 'London Film & Comic Con' run by Quadcon.co.uk. Subsequently the cast have agreed to be part of a Quadrophenia Convention at Brighton in 2009.

"Quadrophenia," which is derived very, very loosely from an album by the Who, is set in England in 1964, and populated by Mods and Rockers, warring bands of teenagers who speak with such thick accents that American audiences may find their conversation indecipherable. But its foreigness has perverse advantages, helping to receast situations that might seem commonplace in an American end-of-adolescence movie, and making them just remote enough to seem fresh. The director, Franc Roddam, lends the film a clarity of emotion that keeps it from becoming too confusing. - Janet Maslin , The New York Times