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4.12 | 611 ratings | 30 reviews | 53% 5 stars

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Songs / Tracks Listing

1. In the Flesh?
2. The Thin Ice
3. Another Brick in the Wall (Part One)
4. The Happiest Days of Our Lives
5. Another Brick in the Wall (Part Two)
6. Mother
7. Goodbye Blue Sky
8. Empty Spaces
9. What Shall We Do Now?
10. Young Lust
11. One of My Turns
12. Don't Leave Me Now
13. Another Brick in the Wall (Part Three)
14. Goodbye Cruel World
15. Is There Anybody Out There?
16. Nobody Home
17. Vera
18. Bring the Boys Back Home
19. Comfortably Numb
20. The Show Must Go On
21. In the Flesh
22. Run Like Hell
23. Waiting for the Worms
24. Stop
25. The Trial
26. Outside the Wall

Special Features:
- Previously unreleased film footage
- "The Other Side of The Wall" documentary
- Audio commentary from Roger Waters and Gerald Scarfe
- "Retrospective" documentary
- Original film trailer and production stills

Total Time: 2 hours 40 minutes
*(film and special features)

Line-up / Musicians

- Dave Gilmour / guitar, vocals
- Nick Mason / drums
- Roger Waters / bass, vocals
- Rick Wright / keyboards

Releases information

DVD Sony Music Video (1999)

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Review by Sean Trane
4 stars An essential movie (almost a rockumentary in some ways), one that came to shape a bit the proghead that I am today. I must've seen this a dozen times on the local second-run movie screens. Actually all Torontonians will remember fondly the Roxy theatre on Bloor St East that had a strictly rock films programation where Zep's Song Remains The Same, Spinal Tap and The Rocky Horror Picture Show were on every week until the end of the 80's but this movie was also a mainstay as well as the PF at Pompeii.

Well, now I have just acquired the DVD as I always preferred seeing this than listening to the original album since the story makes more sense with the pictures. My main two criticisms are that Bob Geldoff sings (good but not as well as Waters) the Pink vocal parts and that the best track on the album, Hey You, was absent from the film. Well this last point is now corrected as the film crew had done this track but apparently for fluidity reasons (and unavowed time restrictions maybe) they had taken it out. So Hey You is present in this DVD but as a bonus (along with the MTV video of Another Brick In The wall pt2) but still not in the movie. How unfortunate and undaring!!!

I will go back in my reverie and sulk for a while and avenge myself by not awarding this the fifth star it could've gotten if there was not this last glitch!

Review by frenchie
4 stars To celebrate my 100th review at Prog Archives I am going to review this film that was one of my first ventures into progressive rock and definetly made me love Pink Floyd.

My friend Pete had played me "Wish You Were Here" and i was really impressed. The only band I listened to that I consider to be a more interlectual rock band to what I normally listened to at the time (bands like Marilyn Manson and Slipknot) was Tool. I saw that this film was going to be on sky movies and my mum said it was brilliant so I decided to watch it and was completely blown away, not just by what I saw but also the music I was hearing. This film made me want to buy Pink Floyd albums and now I have about 21 of their albums and 3 DVD's (including this one).

This film is superbly directed by Alan Parker and the picture quality is quite good for its time (1982). Alan Parker superbly blends trippy acting with Gerald Scarfes amazing animated sequeneces that looks like Disney on some Bad LSD trip! This film really brings out the story of the 1979 double album successfully. This is a truely brilliant piece of work.

One thing that makes this film extra special is that is doesn't have one line of script. The whole story is told by Roger Waters lyrics and Pink Floyds music! It works superbly well. Bob Geldoff plays the character, Pink Floyd, who is a bummed out rock star who's own personal experiences alienate him from the rest of reality. Some memorable scenes include the birth of the wall with lots of symbolism of war and commercialism with bleeding crosses. Another memorable scene is during "Another Brick in the Wall (Part Two)" where the children are fed into a mincing machine by the evil schoolmaster. My final favourite parts of this film are "Empty Spaces" and "The Trial".

Unfortunately the footage for "Hey You" was lost and never made it into the film, but it has been recovered for the special features along with some impressive documentaries, including a talk with Roger about the whole spitting incident during the Animals tour that sparked off his ideas for The Wall. The film also includes "When the Tigers Broke Free" and "What Shall We Do Now?" which did not appear on the studio album.

This is a classic film, if you loved The album you will find this extra special. Those confused about the concept of The Wall will hopefully have their questions answered by this amazing trippy journey. A brilliant film and soundtrack that is definetly worth tracking down. A special edition DVD of this film was released recently that includes new artwork and a free giant movie poster... so buy it! This film is also a landmark in progressive rock by being the only blockbuster movie to my knowledge.

Review by FloydWright
2 stars What an utterly miserable movie to watch! I consider myself a PINK FLOYD fan, but this project was only barely under the control of the band. I have no idea what possessed ALAN PARKER and GERALD SCARFE to do some of the things they did with this, but overall, the movie comes off as a very pretentious and very graphic attempt to pretend to be an "art film" pushing the boundaries of cinema. They pushed boundaries all right...the boundary of what I can watch without going completely out of my mind. The movie is simply too abstract for what is in the album a much more straightforward story, and as for certain scenes...that simply doesn't float my boat. I guess others might do all right watching that sort of graphic thing, but it's not my style.

The only thing that is keeping me from dragging it all the way down to one star is the fact that PINK FLOYD's music really isn't that bad, including the tracks missing from the album like the wonderful "What Shall We Do Now". Also, I do have to admit some of the animation is excellent--but some sections are utterly needless. The movie vacillates between completely shocking and completely boring me...I'm sorry to say I only got halfway through it before I had to turn it off, and I can only report honestly about that. This isn't like when I say I can't sit through DREAM THEATER's Scenes from a Memory, where I like the individual components on their own...I simply could not tolerate this experience at all because it's an absolute overload.

And based on what I did see, though, I have absolutely no need to try again. Don't buy this DVD until you've rented it once and are sure that this is really your thing.

Review by Chris S
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
4 stars I have to ask whether some people were too young when this film came out and missed the very real message of the time/s or are simply anti-Waters! This film is all about anti-establishment, ego, peer pressure, self loathing, self inflicted isolation,suicidal tendancies, social restrictions...need I go on? In those days back in 1979 it took nearly two years for Floyd to release the album ( in the 70's two years lapse without an album is like a decade now!!!), and then the movie subsequently followed in 1982. It is by majority a Roger Water/Alan Parker film and at this stage in the PF catalogue the nastiest, angriest streak of Floyd had come to the surface and The Wall album/movie was the best vehicle to address their feelings on humanity in general. The movie itself is an equisitly balanced potrayal of post warfare Britain and the story of Pink and his road to rockstar fame, madness and ruin. Externally and internally destructive walls. Gerald Scarfe and Roger Waters combine beautifully to bring art into visual sound. Alan Parker equally demonstrating his filming prowess with really hard hitting war scenes. Bob Geldof plays Pink and does IMHO a fine job at acting. In the late seventies there was a strong consciousness of anti establishment, hey even punk was here and even some punk followers enjoyed relating to the ' we don't need no education' themes. It is a sad message, but equallya hard hitting affair interlaced with Scarfe's incredible animation scenes. There is a scene where a soldier just crumples up and dies in a foetal position on the ground with ' Goodbye Blue Sky' nursing the scene through, flowers making love, the repugnant judge and jury and all the time a human being trying to reach a sense of sanity on the other side, trying to make sense of all the madness engulfing him. If you like ' Broken China' from Rick Wright and have little space for The Wall revist the album and this excellent film to see the similarities that Pink was going through.
Review by Guillermo
4 stars First, I have to say that I don`t have the DVD version of this movie. But I have seen this movie 3-4 times. The first time I saw it was in a cinema in my city, during a "Movies Festival" which every year is organized in the months of November and December. In this festival, the organizers present movies which are not for the "consumers of commercial movies". The movies presented in this Festival (which is mainly organized by the Goverment`s cultural institutions) are "art movies", or "intelectual movies". So, I went to see this movie for the first time in late 1982 in a now defunct cinema which was the only one (I think so) at that time here which had stereo sound. You could hear one channel at the front and the other at the back of the cinema, giving great stereo sound. At that time I was 17 years old, I didn`t like (and I still don`t like) "The Wall" album, but after seeing this movie I was very impressed, and at last, I understood Pink Floyd`s and Roger Waters`messages, which are very good illustrated by the movie. This movie moved me in several ways, with the criticisms of several political and social problems in life, and also the criticisms to the Music Industry. I saw this movie other 2 or 3 times in a cultural TV channel of my city. It is a very good movie, a very intelligent movie. I read in a book ("Pink Floyd" , written by Miles) that Roger Waters said that the making of this movie was "the most stressful moment of my life, apart from my divorce". In fact, he had to go to holidays for a time, leaving Alan Parker alone to direct the film. Parker and Waters had some conflicts during the making of this movie, due to some different views. But I remember that in 1982 the public who went to the same cinema like me, at the end of the movie, gave to the movie a long applause. My views about the concept of "The Wall" changed, but I still prefer the movie more than the album.
Review by Cluster One
4 stars From its inception, ROGER WATERS, the architect of the 'The Wall' intended for his little creation to be presented in three forms: A Double Album, A Stage Tour, and a Film. Whereas the album was mightily successful, and the stage tour was not (lost huge sums of money), the film has become a kind of a cult-classic over the years, after its initial short but successful debut in 1982.

The film contains a few musical abnormalities and rarities not found on the studio album. Some of which include: re-recorded versions of 'Mother', and 'Outside The Wall' as well as unreleased songs like 'The Little Boy That Santa Claus Forgot', and 'When The Tigers Broke Free' (a song subsequently released on the 2002 'Echoes Greatest Hits' Compilation)

I rewatched the film recently after getting the good news that the band was reforming for the Live 8 concert in London. I listened to ROGER WATERS' humourous and inciteful commentary throughtout the movie (an added feature included with the original film that you can select). On this commentary Roger drops a few anecdotes, makes fun of Bob Geldof's Gaelic accent and philosophizes about the meaning of his magnum opus.

The movie is autobiographical in nature, incorporating much from Roger's own life, as well as that of fellow bandmember SYD BARRETT. But some of the movie has little to do with PINK FLOYD, for instance naked groupies and smashing hotel rooms. As WATERS states in his commentary, these things were better performed by the likes of the 'other' legendary British bands like LED ZEP, the STONES and a certain drummer from THE WHO.

The movie itself is an intriguing watch, especially as it is narrated through the use of the movie's soundtrack and has very little (if none at all) actual dialogue by the various actors.

Added features include deleted parts of the movie (the 'Hey You' song and film clips) as well as a very informative behind-the-scenes documentary entitled "Other Side of the Wall" where director Alan Parker, animator Gerald Scarfe and of course, Mr. WATERS tell you all that you could ever want to know about this unique film.

Something every prog fan should see at least once, if only to see how such a compelling narrative can be expressed solely through the use of music (on film!). And something that every FLOYD fan should own. 4/5 stars

Review by Yanns
4 stars Time to add yet another 4-star rating to the mix here. I picked up the movie on DVD not too long ago (it's also some limited special edition type thing) after wondering for a long time what it must be like. One of my friends had been preaching this movie to me for long time, seeing as he is a huge Floyd fan and basically considers this movie the greatest movie ever. So, seeing it in the store, I figure "Hey, might as well, it's about time." Put it on the next day.

First off, it's a different movie. Good movie. Different movie. Weird movie. But still a good movie. It's difficult to describe, because you give a band like Pink Floyd a chance to make a movie, and... well, here's the result. Some adults I know who are aware of this movie believe that you have to be high to understand this movie. As for me, I have never been high and I strongly plan on never becoming high, and this movie made sense to me. I guess the parts that lose them are the extended animation sections that have seemingly no point whatsoever.

I am a firm believer that the whole concept of The Wall album is one of the best in music history. Seeing it put to film is fascinating, especially if you truly know the storyline before watching the movie, as I did. It is also interesting to see different things not apparent in the music brought into the story. This movie is easily understood if you can think differently when needed.

If you know and love Floyd, as I do, get it. This is my opinion, at least. Yes, it may make you cringe at points (I did), but it's what Floyd is all about on The Wall. Easy rating for me. 4/5 stars.

Review by erik neuteboom
4 stars What an irony: the story about "The wall" started when a spectator spit at an annoyed Roger Waters, this inspired him to make an album about the problems people have with communication. This turned out to be perfect example (Dr Freud would have been excited about the highly neurotic person Roger Waters!) of projection because Roger Waters couldn't communicate no longer with his band members (mind the story about the vans during the tour) and he couldn't communicate with Alan Parker and Gerald Scarfe during the making of this movie! Nonetheless, despite these facts and despite the lack of live images, to me this movie is very emotional and very captivating. The main charactre is very well performed by Bob Geldorf, the cartoons from Gerald Scarfe are mindblowing and the very theatrical and often dramatic scenes during this movie are great. Of course this is almost an autobiography (the lost of his father in the war, his reluctance about the school system and the traumatic events with Syd Barrett) but the message about mis- communication and about the abuse of power are very clear pointed although it may called a bit hypocritical if you look at the person Roger Waters in those days.


Review by el böthy
4 stars Far superior to the album, this is the real The Wall if you ask me, this and the live conceptual presentations, no the album itself. This used to be one of my favorite movies ever, but now after having it sees a few times, and having seen more and more "good" movies I think it lost a bit of that shock I had the first times I saw it, never the less, I can still watch it and think it´s a very inspired work of art.

Although main credits as director are given to Alan Parker, the man behind it all really was Waters. Parker even said once that he was not sure what he was filming, he just did what Waters told him to. Ok, not sure I would do the same in his position, after all he is the director, but at least he is wise enough to know that it's Waters baby and don't let his ego get in the way. Fans of Floyd will love this and if you are not really into them, but like good cinema you'll find something to enjoy here as well.

Review by Cygnus X-2
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
3 stars In 1982 Pink Floyd had disintegrated into a three piece with Rick Wright taking a leave of absence. Roger's last major contribution with the Floyd was the Wall, and he did as much with the album as he could. This film is one of those experiments. For the premier of the movie, you could also see the band's consideration and involvement with the movie in the clothes that they wore (Roger wore a full suit and tie, Gilmour wore a sports jacket with a plain shirt underneath, Mason wore a shirt and some jeans, and Wright chose not to appear at all). Directed by Alan Parker and animated by Gerald Scarfe, this film will take you through the mind of a tormented man (played by the one and only Bob Geldof [who looks frightenly like Jerry Seinfeld]) and his struggles with his own mind and the world outside of him.

Now, the Wall as an album was good, but I didn't see what the big deal was. I believe it was always meant to be seen visually, as there are many pieces that would have been better off in the visual department. Fortunately, all those ideas are fully realized with this film. From the opening of When the Tigers Broke Free to the closing drones of Outside the Wall, this film is a 90 minute roller coaster of emotions and psychedelic surprises. It must be noted that the soundtrack was given a bit of a face lift for this film, with Waters going back in the studio with the late Michael Kamen to punch up some of the (most noteworthy Mother). Now you won't actually find any spoken dialogue in this film, most of it is acting whilst the album is played over it, although you'll find Bob Geldof himself singing both incantations of In the Flesh.

Musically, I love the soundtrack, it's more lush and there's a lot more dynamics involved. The audio is superbly mixed and there's a nice balance of all instruments and augmentations necessary to make this film what it is. There are also some nice additions to the film in songs that never made the final cut (no pun intended) of the album. There's When The Tigers Broke Free, which found itself on the Echoes compilation and ultimately on the reissue of The Final Cut. It's classic Waters with sneering vocals and lyrics as well as some impressive instrumentation underneath. Also here is What Shall We Do Now?, which was originally placed between Empty Spaces and Young Lust, but was cut at the last moment for continuity reasons. It's another sneering rocker with some great multi-layered vocals from Waters.

Visually, the film is gorgeous, with lush animation sequences provided by Gerald Scarfe (lush and horrifying) that really show the more frightening side of cartoon animation. The overall feel and look of the film is also very dirty, very cold, and very forboding, but it suits the atmosphere very well and it only seems to add to the depressing theme. But that's not all, there's more! Included with the dvd is footage from Hey You, the only song from the original album cut from the film (along with The Show Must Go On, more or less). Hey You being one of the better songs on the album, it would have been nice to see it in the film. Also included is a nice documentary about the making of the film and the meticulous and backbreaking efforts Waters, Scarfe, Parker, and Kamen did to make the film possible.

Overall, Floyd's only venture into motion pictures is a bit of an unsettling, unappreciative film. It's a bit out there, and you'll have to watch it a few times before you actually understand what is going on. But on the whole, this is an enjoyable, trippy, and ultimately rewarding experience that no fan of Floyd or Avant-Garde film making will be disappointed with. Still, though, if you're not too fond of the Wall or grandiose concept albums, you may want to steer clear of. It's a good film, and maybe everyone should watch it at least once, but it's not going to be a film for everyone. 3.5/5.

Review by Easy Livin
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator / Retired Admin
2 stars "Absolute rubbish laddie"

This 1982 film is of course based on the album of the same name. It tells the tale of a rock star "Pink" who finds himself becoming increasingly isolated not only from his audience, but from humanity as a whole. He therefore builds a wall around himself.

The story sounds OK, but this film turns out to be little more than an elaborate pop video, with little coherence and virtually no appeal as an attention grabbing tale. The focus here is very much on the art side of the cinema, with moody atmospheres, cartoon sequences and graphic images. Depressing as the film is, some sections were actually omitted on the grounds that they were too disturbing.

In terms of the music, most of the content is lifted directly from the 1979 studio album by Pink Floyd. That said, some tracks have been remixed or re-recorded, while others such as "Empty Spaces" (replaced by "What shall we do now" a longer version of essentially the same song) and "Hey you" are omitted altogether, although the latter did reappear on the DVD version. "When the tigers broke free" is a previously unheard song which remained unavailable on album for many years. "Money" from "Dark side of the moon" also makes a cameo appearance as the poetry Pink has written which the schoolteacher proceeds to ridicule as "absolute rubbish".

Interestingly, Roger Waters was originally pencilled in to play Pink, but his screen test did not go well, and the part went to Bob Geldof (in his debut acting role). Waters did eventually get a walk on part. In a sequence of pure irony, many of the extras in the fascist scenes were real fascists. The scenes were intended to convey the futility of such beliefs, but a real organisation (the Hammerskin Nation) was subsequently formed, and adopted the hammer logo as their own (much to Waters dismay).

The film won a couple of BAFTA awards, significantly for Best song ("Another brick in the wall" - Part 2") and Best sound, but was not nominated in any cinematic categories. For me, that sums up the film nicely in that it is good to listen to, but watching is optional and far from essential.

Review by Slartibartfast
COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator / In Memoriam
4 stars "We don't need no education"? Hmm, I do think grammar lessons are in order.

The Wall was very popular with my non-progfan peers when it came out. Consequently, I basically ignored it at the time, even though I liked Pink Floyd. My first encounter with the movie was in college at the student center where they had a VCR and a TV set up that was running the thing. This is actually a film better appreciated on a larger screen, but I understood then why the movie had been so popular, getting local weekend midnight movie plays along with Rocky Horror, etc. It good music mixed with fascinating images. OK, it does have some moments that are a bit cheesy. Still a very interesting concept piece. But, the sex, drugs, rock 'n' roll, whoohoo! The insanity, shaving of body hair, trashing a hotel room, the fascism, the violence. The film is certainly weird, which has a lot of appeal for me. The music isn't consistently progressive, but there's plenty there to please the prog nut.

Never managed to see it in a theater, but picked up the VHS version (long time ago) and later the DVD version (also long time ago but not so long). I'd go for the DVD (released 1999) over the album or VHS versions (no difference in the movie content, but most likely out of print anyway). You get bonus materials of a documentary about the making of the movie and a retrospective from some of the creative talents responsible for the movie, Roger Waters (of course), Gerald Scarfe (the animator director), Alan Parker (the film director).

The insanity? You're soaking in it.

Review by Tarcisio Moura
5 stars One of the best movies of the genre I had ever seen. Even one of my teachers at college recommended us to watch The Wall. Yes, even for psychologists it was an interesting study of the human behavior (not surprisinly, it has a lot to do with Roger Waters own past and traumas). But besides that, I do think it worked very well with the music (at least the storyline makes more sense to me on the screen than on the original The Wall album). The cartoon parts were great to watch at the time. They look too dated and even simplistic nowadays, but they were fantastic in 1983.

I have little else to say. I know all the problems this movie went throuth and the fact that Waters does not like it, but I really love it. I was also enthralled by Bob Geldof's performance: absolutely amazing as the main character. Not an easy flick to watch, it was nevertheless one of the rare cases when I saw it more than five times and I still have the same feelings everytime I put it on. A classic. Essential, if you want to know about prog music.

Review by The Quiet One
5 stars The wall that seperated me from the mainstream...

This was the ''album'' that introduced me to Pink Floyd, and obviously this lead me to Prog. My brother had bought this for me and himself, as a Christmas present from 2005. I was already listening to some Pink Floyd, and knew about them, but still I was just listening to it because of catchy melodies, not really because of the compositions, nor solos, no, nothing of that really attracted me until I watched this movie. Well, that same 25th of December from 2005, we watched it together. I really can't think of any other movie that had opened my mind so much, I was 11 back then, and really was shocked, yet amazed, by the *few* sexual scenes, though mainly the violent ones, and the daring lyrics which really turned me into a believer and somewhat of a rebel for some couple of months in school, performing a good bunch of the songs there, though obviously had to change some of the lyrics content to satisfie my english head-master.

The music alone, having heard the studio album before having watched the movie, was really missing half of it's real content, which is what the movie had and what really grabbed me. Besides the music and imagery, the story, or better known as 'Rock Opera', was what really took my attention the first time I saw it, it was pretty crazy for me back-then, and still is. The fascinating mixture of real-life people and terrifying cartoons, which simply made the concept even better in the visual perception, was something I had never experienced. Also the strong similaritie to nazi imagery, and somewhat ideology through the movie had also caught my attention for a long while.

Watching the movie again, brings me strong and vivid memories of back-then, while the music in the studio-version, has worn-out unfortunately, and doesn't make such effect, since musically alone, albums such as Animals, Dark Side of the Moon, Meddle and Wish You Were Here, blow the album away.

To conclude, this movie was my turning point into my deep and, hopefully, eternal love for music, so I really can't rate this less than 5 bright stars. Maybe not a masterpiece of Prog, because the music itself, barely is, though it's definitely essential for any Artsy Movie collection, as well as for any Music Video collection, also worthy for introducing someone to Prog, well at least it worked for me.

Review by Marty McFly
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
5 stars "Goodbye, all you people, there's nothing you can say" - but I hope that I can say something that will change your opinion you have on this film. On this true masterpiece of both video and audio world. Reviewers here seems to be shy (or calm/patient enough) to give it masterpiece and there are also some who considers this as low rate "thing" that doesn't matter much. So what's more important. Being objective, or do subjective review ? I tell you one thing. I thought about this a lot, until I saw one post on PA forum that finally persuaded me. There's nothing like objective review (even wikipedia is trying to be objective [but note that they lack musical / film reviews - guess why). So being subjective is what matters. However, trying to be at least a little bit objective is what separate us from being morons (don't take this statement so seriously, there are for sure logical flaws in it)

The Wall from 1982 is the one that get me into prog (music, mighty music contained here). What's better prove that it's so masterpiece-like than that I know this one for all my life, seen it maybe 20 times (I've seen more times only Back To the Future, hehe, all parts counted separate) and still find it interesting, still looking (and finding) new aspect and little things that escaped my sight before. I'll not talk about how (lack of adjectives) great the music is (for me at least), it's evident that I'm enjoying every bit of it. But synchronization of sound and image (and I'm not talking about sync errors, I mean how these visuals can capture the beauty of this music), simply impressing. First my father presented me this (which changed my life in more ways that I ever feel is possible, for instance - got me thinking more about world around me), then it was first thing I presented my girl on our first date (she, being long time fan of this group & film, was surprised, pleasantly of course), so another level of interest.

5(+), it's not as biased rating, as it's from someone who's deeply in love with it (something like that, not literary), deeply admires and appreciate it. By the prog way, wonderful animations.

Review by Conor Fynes
5 stars ' The Wall (Film)' - Pink Floyd (9/10)

Here is something that I wish would happen for more concept albums; a movie was made to basically be a companion piece and running 'music video' for the double album. Seeing as the album was basically film-length as it were, it wouldn't have been such a task to stretch the material over the course of a full-length feature. What would have been a task however, would be to properly find a visual counterpart to one of the most profound rock albums ever made. Having seen this movie quite a few times, I would have to say that the makers of this movie did their work very well, and the work they obviously put into it shines through as being one of the best music films I have seen to date.

The movie has virtually no original dialogue. With the exception of a few musical segments (most memorably one about the protagonist's father fighting WWII) that to my knowledge, are original to the film or obscure b-sides, everything you hear is off of the album itself. You see it as a visual manifestation of the album. In 'Another Brick In The Wall,' it shows school as a meat processing plant; an assembly line and you see the children protesting in vain. At the avant-garde theatrical piece 'The Trial' which takes place completely in the protagonist's head, it appears as a disjointed, crazy cartoon.

As far as plot goes, anyone who has an idea of the album's concept beforehand shouldn't have much trouble following it, as long as they pay attention to the lyrics. Essentially, without really giving too much away, the absence of Pink's (the protagonist) father in his childhood left him a bit listless, and in his adulthood as a rock star, he feels helpless and is emotionally undeveloped. As his psychosis develops, he begins to have delusions of grandeur, and as far as he is concerned, he begins a rise to fascist power? Overall, it's a bit of a weird trip in terms of plot but it works very well in terms of giving opportunities for emotional, quirky segments.

For anyone who enjoyed 'The Wall,' you should love the movie. It doesn't pass off as being a mere money maker; there's a lot of new depth here that will help your appreciation of the album increase on its own. A masterpiece of cinematography in its own right, and much better than you might expect.

Review by thehallway
4 stars Not a movie. A music video.

This project (part 3 of the "Wall media package") is very dark, often depressing, and has a storyline. That's because the album is it's soundtrack. Fine. So lets review the attributes that are unique to this version of 'The Wall'.

All the filming, screenplay, acting, dream sequences, pretty much everything, is done in a very ART-like way. This is no mainstream rom-com. It's a rock opera/concept album with accompanying imagery. And the imagery is always in keeping with the cynical dark style of the album and songs, but of course is bound to get boring after a while. The animated sequences help break this up, and I can appreciate the effort put into those in particular. The storyboard that accompanies 'The Trial' is very fitting, almost perfect for it's cause. And much of the film's similarly strange thematics give you an intentional sense of paranoia and unease. Is it necccesary though?

Probably not, because it doesn't deliver much that the album itself hasn't already got. So with that in mind, moments of this film seem a little insignificant. For example, we don't need a visual explanation of 'Comfortably Numb' because the nature of that song is already obvious. The on screen accompanyment does add some weight, but not as much as you would expect a feature-length movie to. And although Bob Geldof conveys a largely non-speaking part very well, his role as Pink seems a little over-emphasised. It's almost like Waters had this film made to try and explain in a more obvious way the storyline of his rock opera, rather than to accentuate the existing concepts that were explored in the studio and on stage.

Reading over this, I appear to have given a rather negative review, but one thing I can't take away from this film is the feeling it gives you during and shortly after it. Like the album, it certainly is a remarkably deep experience, it just doesn't last for very long. It's no masterpiece but it has vision and depth, and isn't that what film-making is all about?

Review by Flucktrot
3 stars Probably the best album-put-to-movie I have seen.

Unfortunately, probably not as much of a compliment as it may seem, because some of these kinds of projects are downright cringe-inducing. However, The Wall can be very interesting if you're in the right mood (preferably depraved and demented for biggest effect). I suppose I would put this on the same level as Quadrophenia in terms of watchability.

I will always have strong memories of this movie, because as a very young Floyd fan, I just had to have everything Floyd, and particularly everything The Wall at the time. That led to watching this movie with parents and other impressionable friends, uniquely susceptible to all the visual delights, including maggots on rotting flesh, a defecating judge, cartoon flower sex, and, perhaps most importantly, boobies.

Fast forward 20 years, and the story seems more heavy-handed, unrelatable, and less cohesive, at least for me. Perhaps The Wall is simply the most powerful for those early in either their journey in prog, their journey in life, or both. For example, at every Floyd tribute show I attend, there is always a contingent of people doing the arms-crossed-above-the-head motion during Wall songs, and let's just say 99% of them are males in the late adolescent years. In that regard, Roger has created a nice little self-fulfilling prophesy for himself, as he has created in real life one of the situations that he tried to denounce in writing The Wall: young, impressionable men following the wrong role models and willfully doing as they are told without question.

Of course, I don't feel bad for him, because these are the same people buying up the majority of tacky Wall-themed t-shirts out there.

I think Geldof does a fantastic job in his role, however, and as he is often the only familiar character in a given scene, it's hard to take your eyes off of him throughout. Of course, as the movie plays, I can't help but thinking: "Jeez, this character is messed up...was Roger this messed up in real life?"

Overall, a very fun movie, and it always offers some food for thought, but without as much cleverness or power as intended.

Review by AtomicCrimsonRush
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
4 stars The story of "The Wall" is a haunting visual feast.

Everyone in 1982 was talking about Pink Floyd's "The Wall" due to the movie release. Scholars still talk about it as a monumental film. The film depicted vividly Pink's descent from struggling pop star, to catatonic alienated burn out, to vicious megalomaniacal dictator. The original album seemed to pass by unnoticed in 1979 in Australia. The film had more impact and it appeared at the Drive-in and I knew I had to see it. The problem was I did not have a car, so I walked, yes walked! into the Drive-In and perched near a speaker, and watched the film in the dark with the freezing wind blowing and the sounds of cars honking and people talking in their cars. It was so cold I had to watch half the film in the cafeteria area. I just sat on the cold white lino and watched it, the girl behind the counter thought I was nuts but she was nice about it. I remember that so clearly and I was really taken in by the stark imagery.

The animation by Gerald Scarfe absolutely captured my imagination. His copulating flowers that devour one another in a bloody ballet of pulped petals stunned me; there was a sequence during 'What Shall We Do Now?' that shattered my fragile mind, showing scenes of a man's skull being smashed, a guitar transforming from naked woman to icecream and then into a machine gun, a wall blazing across the screen and the primal scream of a face in agony blasting out of the wall. This whole sequence featured new music and lyrics too making this the best sequence in the film.

In 'Goodbye Blue Sky' Scarfe's dark looming clouds and ominous planes hover over the helpless victims and release a tirade of bombs causing devastation. And of course 'The Trial' at the end is brilliant animated eye candy. When that worm appeared and screamed call the school master, I was mesmerized by the animation of school teachers on marionette strings, controlled by fat aggressive wives, and the girlfriend who metamorphoses into a jet, and the cradling brick wall arms of the suffocating mother. Finally the wall is torn down and we see a collage of disturbing images; the wall that Pink built up to keep out the voices that were tearing him apart.

The film features a lot of war imagery and it is well done by director Alan Parker. Apparently he had a hell of a time making this movie due to the creative differences of Waters and others. Parker says it "was a tortured but highly creative time, never to be repeated." He even admits in the huge article of Classic Rock mag that the film is "a mish-mash, an amalgam of lunatic ideas... we thought it was a load of old tosh." Nevertheless it is one of Parker's most popular cult films and still plays at late night cult theatres. Moments of the film that are forever lodged in my memory are 'Run Like Hell', where the skinhead fascist nazis trash a shop and rape and terrorise innocent bystanders. Parker says there were 380 genuine skinheads hired but he had problems controlling them. The jackbooted nazi skinheads went into a pub and terrorised the locals at one point, according to Parker. The lyrics were just as edgy and dangerous, "Cos if they find you in the backseat trying to pick her locks, they're gonna send you back to mother in a cardboard box, you'd better run!" I will never forget the powerful imagery of Pink as a boy running through the fields to hide his pet rat, then he runs on the football oval to escape the parents; all his 'peers' appear in monster guises, his doctor, teacher, mother, girlfriend, taunting him.

'One of my Turns' is a killer moment in the film, and follows the explosive tantrum where Pink, played with incredible force by Bob Geldof, trashes his hotel room causing the stupid groupie to run for cover, and then cuts his hand on the broken window where he threw the TV out in a rage. I could sense the sheer hopelessness and it still has the same ethereal effect on my senses. A very powerful song that captures the sense of a breakup, losing a girl, follows wih 'Don't leave me now'; "I need you babe to put through the shredder in front of my friends..." Geldof floats in the pool with his hand bleeding in a Christ like pose; powerful imagery.

'Is there anybody out there!' shows Pink banging his fists against the 'mad bugger's wall'. As the acoustic piece begins, one of the scariest parts in the film is seen, where Geldof shaves every hair on his head and body, including his eye brows. He then becomes insanely obsessive creating a war scene with rubbish and broken record pieces, and later is found in the asylum by the war torn child. The picture of a total breakdown and burn out captured brilliantly.

'Nobody home' shows Pink outside in a wasteland watching "13 channels of sh*t on the TV to choose from." I like especially "I've got wild staring eyes, and I've got a strong urge to fly, but I've got nowhere to fly to... when I pick up the phone, there'll be nobody home". This is the burnt out portrait of the aftermath of a broken marriage. We even see a massive shadow threatening Pink, the image of a woman metamorphosises into a monster with a twisted cartoon vaginal face and chilling scream.

'Waiting for the worms' is a great sequence with Pink, now a nazi leader controlling the pack; a dictator rock star with delusions of godhood. "Waiting... to cut off the dead wood, clean out the city, fire the ovens... for the blacks and the jews"; the nazi references are quite astonishing and the crossed hammers represent the swastika. Scarfe's animation is brilliant showing the marching hammers that have become an iconic Pink Floyd symbol.

Pink Floyd's "The Wall" was the first album I truly immersed myself in as a teenager, the concept, the music, the lyrics, the sleeve art; everything captured my young imagination and it has never left my consciousness. I will never forget the incredible impact of seeing the film in that cold Drive-In. Since then I acquired the movie book with complete lyrics and hundreds of colour illustrations and it is a treasure in my collection. The images are powerful in any format. The movie is bleak, it is disturbing and it is not for everyone; Waters said in the documentary, "it's a pretty dour two hours.... deeply flawed because it doesn't have any laughs." Nevertheless, Mr, Waters, you have to admit, it is a compelling visual feast.

Review by octopus-4
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR RIO/Avant/Zeuhl,Neo & Post/Math Teams
5 stars There are two movies that surely inspired Parker, Scarfe and Waters and they are "Privilege" whose final scene is almost identical to "The Trial" and of course "Tommy" with its aircrafts and bleeding crosses.

The idea was probably already in the original concept as The Trial is painted on the internal sleeve of the original album.

It's a movie full of references to facts of Pink Floyd's story: Comfortably Numb reminds to when Waters had a problem with his liver before a gig and went on stage totally numb because of medicines. In The Flesh, when Geldof cuts himself with the razor and the cigarette burning his fingers on Nobody Home are true episodes of Syd Barrett's life.

Tis means that in the end Pink is not Barrett or Waters, it's a synthesys of them both. The choice of calling him Pink Floyd comes from the early 70s, when after the success of The Dark Side of the Moon, and in particular of Money, a manager asked the band "Who of you is Pink?" This episode is also mentioned in Animals.

The movie is logically split in two parts. First the childhood, the war, the death of his father that are what the two Rogers (Waters and Barrett) had in common, so also in this case we can't assume that it's only about Waters' ghosts. There are touching moments well underlined by the music, only I don't like how the "additional" songs have been placed between "Empty Spaces" and "Young Lust", for example or the interruptions on Mother. They are really better on the album.

Also Young Lust is a reference to the groupies and it's a theme that Wright explored on "Summer 68", just to say that the story is not about Waters' only.

Some images are very strong, quite disturbing and the movie is not easy to follow and to be appreciated without knowing already the album and some of the facts behind. Even if war seems to be the dominant concept, all the darkness of the 70s Floyd's production is summarized in this movie, since Dark Side of The Moon, passing by Wish You Were Here and Animals to complete a reflection started with an apparently easy song like "Free Four".

Not a masterpiece of Cinema, but surely a masterpiece for music and concept, that's what this site is about.

Latest members reviews

3 stars The Wall(The Movie) is a very dark movie, as are the lyrics of Roger Waters. It is forceful and uncompromising and was the last thing done as a whole group before the seperation. Many find the movie unsettling, which was the choice of the director Alan Parker and Roger Waters. With the Boomtown ... (read more)

Report this review (#906007) | Posted by wehpanzer | Monday, February 4, 2013 | Review Permanlink

3 stars The album of THE WALL is pretty good and I believe I gave it a 4 star review. The movie, however, is a dreary, depressing bit of work that I have only been able to watch completely a couple of times. Only the Pink Floyd music keeps this alive. When I saw it originally in the theater I was very ... (read more)

Report this review (#388570) | Posted by mohaveman | Friday, January 28, 2011 | Review Permanlink

5 stars This isn't going to be the lengthiest review I've ever written, but that's only because The Wall is a movie that is, by its very nature, pretty hard to talk about. To clarify: As an album, I don't like The Wall at all. I think it's ponderous, overdone and dull for the most part(with of course a ... (read more)

Report this review (#297901) | Posted by 40footwolf | Tuesday, September 7, 2010 | Review Permanlink

4 stars More than 4 actually, but not quite 5. One of the things I love about this movie is the way it is directed... different metaphors are used on screen, and the way the camera focuses in on certain things at different angles in order to give you a bizarre and surreal feel to it. It excellentl ... (read more)

Report this review (#208731) | Posted by HammerOfPink | Wednesday, March 25, 2009 | Review Permanlink

4 stars I absolutely love this film. One of the Greatest Rock Operas if not films ever. I love the way that it really does a great job at giving the Wall perfect visuals to go along with the great album. If you like the album you should go out now and buy this movie. then watch it again and again. This mo ... (read more)

Report this review (#140562) | Posted by TheMadCap | Tuesday, September 25, 2007 | Review Permanlink

3 stars The Wall is by far my least favorite album by Pink Floyd. The movie however is pretty interesting. Its basically a really long music video with very psychadelic animations which are very well done. The cartoon sections were my favorite parts The way it is put together is quite good, with go ... (read more)

Report this review (#124680) | Posted by weaverinhisweb | Monday, June 4, 2007 | Review Permanlink

3 stars A movie worth seeing at least once. When I was in high school and college I saw it a couple of times and that was enough. It is pretty well done. However, one should keep in mind that Waters himself felt it was not successful and was ultimately disappointed with the result. Personally, I thin ... (read more)

Report this review (#107956) | Posted by | Friday, January 19, 2007 | Review Permanlink

3 stars My first viewing experience: Utter disgust and shock. My second viewing experience: Decently entertained. My Third viewing experience: The pitiful beauty of the album is finally found and appreciated. Roger Waters was not altogether satisfied with the final result of this film for two main rea ... (read more)

Report this review (#89857) | Posted by Shakespeare | Sunday, September 17, 2006 | Review Permanlink

4 stars my favorite movie........i love alll the disturbing animations obviously great music.but it still has its ups and downs. the first is ummm were is Hey You? one of pink floyds best songs not on the movie makes no since.the second problem i hadthe shortning of Run Like Hell(as well as a few othe ... (read more)

Report this review (#57206) | Posted by | Sunday, November 20, 2005 | Review Permanlink

4 stars I also happen to own the DVD and the CD, and I believe that this is a highly essential film whose entire soundtrack and plot is based on Pink Floyd. The Songs are classic and so is the film. Some scenes are breathtakingly shocking yet well done in my opinion. In a nutshell, if you neither kno ... (read more)

Report this review (#35048) | Posted by Dan Yaron | Monday, May 23, 2005 | Review Permanlink

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