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Movie-A-Day #139: Quadrophenia (1979).

May 19, 2011

Happy 66th birthday to The Who’s guitarist and songwriter, Pete Townshend. “Tommy” is usually hailed as his masterpiece, although I’ve always been more partial to the band’s album – and later film – “Quadrophenia.” Set in the Mods vs. Rockers clashes of the early 1960s where the band got its start, the rock opera tells the story of a boy with a four-way personality split – one for each member of the band – who is trying to find his way out of a bleak working class existence. Storywise, it’s kind of thin, like Townshend’s other plots. But the music features The Who at its best. Plus, the cast includes Sting, Ray Winstone and a host of other great British character actors.

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