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Pink Floyd - The Wall (1982)



Critic Consensus: Pink Floyd's expression of generational angst is given striking visual form The Wall, although this ambitious feature's narrative struggles to marry its provocative images and psychedelic soundtrack into a compelling whole.

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This musical documentary examines the impact of legendary rock band Pink Floyd's iconic 11th studio album The Wall, examining how the work was created, as well as how it affected not just the band, but music history to come. ~ Cammila Collar, Rovi


Christine Hargreaves
as Pink's mother
James Laurenson
as Pink's father
Eleanor David
as Pink's wife
Kevin McKeon
as Young Pink
Bob Hoskins
as Manager
Jenny Wright
as American groupie
Alex McAvoy
as Teacher
David Bingham
as Little Pink
Ellis Dale
as English doctor
Ray Mort
as Playground father
Margery Mason
as Teacher's wife
Marjorie Mason
as Teacher's Wife
Robert Bridges
as American doctor
Michael Ensign
as Hotel manager
Marie Passarelli
as Spanish maid
Winston Rose
as Security Guard
Lorna Barton
as Groupie
Rod Bedall
as Groupie
Philip Davis
as Groupie
Gary Olsen
as Groupie
Joanna Dickens
as Dancing Teacher
John Scott Martin
as Dancing Teacher
Jonathan Scott
as Registrat
Jon Paul Morgan
as Housekeeper
Albert Moses
as Janitor
Vincent Wong
as Paramedic
Mark Newman
as Paramedic
Lucita Lijertwood
as Smash & Grab Lady
Diana King
as Wedding Witness
Roger Kemp
as Pink's Friend
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Critic Reviews for Pink Floyd - The Wall

All Critics (27) | Top Critics (6)

This isn't the most fun to listen to and some viewers don't find it to much fun to watch, but the 1982 film is without question the best of all serious fiction films devoted to rock.

November 5, 2018 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

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.

October 23, 2018 | Full Review…

The film is explosively wild, raw, primitive, sometimes inarticulate. It is also totally theatrical and compelling. It's film as primal scream; seething with anger, alienation and despair.

April 27, 2018 | Full Review…

Parker's visual synthesis with the music, much aided by Scarfe's rip-roaring visions of doom and destruction which turn light into darkness at the flick of a pen rather than a switch, is almost perfect.

July 15, 2016 | Full Review…

"Do you think they'll drop the Bomb?" asks a loaded musical question at one irresistibly funny point. Obviously, they've already dropped it, and it's called "The Wall."

December 21, 2015 | Full Review…

As all operas should be, the film is high drama and folds in trippy animation, war flashbacks, gory sequences, and giants sets to tell its tale.

December 8, 2021 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Pink Floyd - The Wall


A silly rock musical that seems made by a dazzled hippie student who wants to rebel against the system without really knowing why (and it doesn't help that the lyrics are so repetitious and expository sometimes); but at least a nice dose of surrealism is always welcome.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer


One of the most surreal movies I've ever seen in my life. The story is a little hard to understand at times, especially when it comes to distinguishing what is going on in the real world or Pink's mind. However, if you like Pink Floyd music, this movie will certainly be a treat. The animation sequences are the best parts of this film, they are technically impressive and fit the disturbing look of the movie and the music. My favorite parts of the film are the "Another Brick in the Wall Pt. 2" school scene and "The Trial" at the film's climax.

Christopher Heim
Christopher Heim

Super Reviewer


I've been a fan of Pink Floyd since I was a kid, and this musical set to the brilliant music of Pin Floyd's album The Wall is stunning. The Wall is an eccentric concept, and in pure Pink Floyd fashion delivers masterful images set to a lavish storyline about a depressed rock star named Pink. The Wall is a film that should only be viewed by fans of the band, as the film follows the story of the album. The images are superbly well drawn and the sequences are very memorable. As a fan of the album, I was stunned at what I watched. The result is a near flawless musical set to one of Rock's greatest concept albums. This film is fairly simple, but set to the epic songs; it elevates the film to an entire level of musical. This isn't Grease; this is a true musical, with music that's from the heart. The cast do a fine job and there are some good performances in this film. But with every musical, The Wall is strong on music and not dialogue. You end up not caring because the film is so engrossing and compelling that it doesn't matter what's going on. I feel that Pink Floyd's music has always been hypnotic and intelligent. This musical is most certainly that, it hypnotizes you and takes you on an interesting journey where the lead character, Pink builds "The Wall" a metaphor for isolation. Pink seeks to isolate himself from the world, his pain, his fans and fame, and "The Wall" continues to build. This is a stunning musical set to brilliant music.

Alex roy
Alex roy

Super Reviewer

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