Pink Floyd: The Wall was
a live action/animated musical film released in 1982.
The film was based on Pink Floyd’s 1979 album, with the
screenplay written by Pink Floyd’s bassist, Roger
Waters. The film received mostly positive reviews, with
both Siskel and Ebert promoting the film. The film was
a profitable at the box office, ultimately ranking
number 3 at the box office.
The movie has very little
dialogue, and is essentially metaphorical in nature.
The film’s main character is Floyd “Pink” Pinkerton
(played by Bob Geldof), is a rock star prone to bouts of
depression. The movie starts out with Pink in a hotel
room that he has destroyed, reflecting back on his
English childhood in the 1950’s. Pink longs for a
father in his life (his father died as a soldier in
World War II) and to break away from his over protective
mother. In later years, Pink gets married, but his
marriage falls apart when he discovers his wife is not
faithful. The emotional baggage of it all is too much
for Pink, and he begins to go crazy as “worms” take over
After shaving his head
and devolving into a neo-fascist, the band’s manager
injects Pink with some drugs in order to enable him to
perform a show. The drugs cause him to have strong
hallucinations, and he visualizes that he is the
dictator at a neo-nazi rally. In the end, Pink is put
on trial in order to “tear down the wall”, and it does
get torn down. The film ends with children cleaning up
debris from a real life riot event.