• Pink Floyd - The Wall (1992)

Pink Floyd - The Wall

Release Date: May 19th, 1992

DVD Release Date: December 2nd, 1999

R |1 hr 39 min

Plot Summary

In this visual riff on Pink Floyd's album "The Wall," successful but drugged-out musician Pink (Bob Geldof) is looking back on his isolated childhood from the confines of a Los Angeles hotel room. Through a swirl of flashbacks and chemical-induced hallucinations, Pink recalls his lonely upbringing, during which he built a symbolic wall to the world as he coped with the death of his father (James Laurenson) and the overbearing ways of his mother (Christine Hargreaves).

Cast: Bob Geldof, Christine Hargreaves, James Laurenson, Eleanor David, Kevin McKeon, Bob Hoskins, David Bingham, Jenny Wright

Director: Alan Parker

Genres: Musical , Drama

Production Co: Tin Blue, Goldcrest Films, Ltd., Metro Goldwyn Mayer

Distributors: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer

Keywords: Hotel, 1980s, Los Angeles, School, Wife, Escape, Mother, Father, Dark

Ratings & Reviews

  • 70
    IGN

    The words "overblown" and "pompous" often came to mind. At other times, though, everything comes together-- music, images, and theme-- to really make a stoner go "whooooah." show more

  • 38
    The Associated Press

    It’s a pretty grim portrait, but even worse it is often repetitive and boring. There are probably enough powerful segments for half a dozen or so outstanding rock videos but not a full-length feature. [13 Sept 1982]

  • 100
    Roger EbertChicago Sun-Times

    Those tensions and conflicts produced, I believe, the right film for this material. I don't require that its makers had a good time. I'm reminded of my favorite statement by Francois Truffaut: "I demand that a film express either the joy of making cinema or the agony of making cinema. I am not at all interested in anything in between." show more

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Awards

Winner Sound
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1982)
Winner Original Song
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1982)