Based on the 1973 rock opera album of the same name by The Who, this is the story of 60s teenager Jimmy. At work he slaves in a dead-end job. While after, he shops for tailored suits and rides his scooter as part of the London Mod scene.
"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
1979-11-02 | JANET MASLIN | Read the New York Times Review of Quadrophenia