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The Kids Are Alright (1979)

From the early black and white days to their colourful hedonistic era, you will Rock! See them at their most creative, and destructive, and experience The Who: Here!

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Roger Daltrey ... Himself (The Who)
John Entwistle ... Himself (The Who)
Keith Moon ... Himself (The Who)
Pete Townshend ... Himself (The Who)
Tom Smothers ... Himself (as Tommy Smothers)
Jimmy O'Neill ... Himself
Russell Harty Russell Harty ... Himself
Melvyn Bragg ... Himself (as Melvin Bragg)
Ringo Starr ... Himself
Mary Ann Zabresky Mary Ann Zabresky ... Herself
Michael Leckebusch Michael Leckebusch ... Himself
Barry Fantoni Barry Fantoni ... Himself
Jeremy Paxman ... Himself
Bob Pridden Bob Pridden ... Himself
Keith Richards ... Himself (as Keith Richard)
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Storyline

Through concert performances and interviews, this film offers us an "inside look" at this famous rock group, "The Who". It captures their zany craziness and outrageous antics from the initial formation of the group to its major hit "Who Are You", and features the last performance of drummer keith Moon just prior to his death. Written by Concorde - New Horizons (with permission).

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Seeing is believing!

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 November 1979 (Denmark) See more »

Also Known As:

The Who: The Kids Are Alright See more »

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Budget:

$2,000,000 (estimated)
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The Who Films See more »
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Dolby

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The band's performance on The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour (1967) ends with "My Generation" and their trademark wrecking of their equipment - the climax being the explosion of the drum kit. During rehearsal, Keith Moon ("Patent British Exploding Drummer") had persuaded stage hands to load more flash powder into the kit than usual (possibly by bribery) so that when the explosion occurred at the very end of the performance, it was so big that it temporarily blinded the TV cameras and injured the rest of the band. Singer Roger Daltrey was deaf for a long period after the show, Moon was cut on the arm by a cymbal, and guitarist Pete Townshend's hair was singed - he can be seen in the film with smoke coming from his head. Townshend later attributed his partial hearing loss to the incident, though years of extreme on-stage sound levels are probably more to blame. Backstage, other guests of the show were also affected: Bette Davis fainted into Mickey Rooney's arms. See more »

Goofs

Rick Danko of The Band is listed in the end credits as appearing in the film, even though his segment was deleted from the final print. See more »

Quotes

Keith Moon: [having just been introduced as "the guy who plays the sloppy drums", Moon reacts to someone who unexpectedly farts off-camera] You've got sloppy stagehands here.
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Crazy Credits

At the end of the opening "Smothers Brothers" clip where The Who demolish their equipment, Keith Moon's bass drum with the Who logo on it explodes, and the very same logo spirals forward to the middle of the screen. Then the words of the title of the film pop up from the bottom of the screen while Pete Townshend smashes Tommy Smothers' acoustic guitar. See more »

Alternate Versions

The version of the film that appears on Turner Classic Movies features The Who's Rock N' Roll Circus performance window-boxed and surrounded by flashing marquee lights in the manner of the film's original theatrical presentation. See more »

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Referenced in Tenacious D in The Pick of Destiny (2006) See more »

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Magic Bus
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Smashing and very well done look at one of the greatest of the best
27 May 2001 | by Quinoa1984See all my reviews

The Who are many things- loud, sometimes hilarious, and even an influence to most of the rock following it (including Punk), but what they are ultimately are amazing. In they're time with drummer Keith Moon (and even a little afterwards), they created some of the best stuff to come from a guitar, synthesizer, drum, harmonica, etc, etc. And this documentary follows that spirit in showing the groups most famous hits including "Baba O'Reiley", "I Can't Explain", "Who Are You" and "Summertime Blues" among a whole bunch. In these songs and inbewteen them the Who explain the inspiration for they're hits, they're hilarity (seeing Keith Moon for no reason starting to strip is dead pan), and how they replaced the broken guitars. Excellent in nearly ever way, shape and form, right up there with Woodstock and Spinal Tap. A+


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