"Are there any queers in the theater tonight? Get ‘em up against the wall!"
Description: Bob Geldof as ‘Pink,’ a fictional drug-dependent rock singer hallucinates that he is a Neo-Fascist dictator in the cult motion picture Pink Floyd The Wall (1982).
Pink is a depressed British musician. His father, whom he greatly missed, was killed in World War II, and consequently, Pink had to endure an overlyprotective mother whose smothering relationship was detrimental to his development as a human being.
"Hush now baby, baby, don't you cry. / Mother's gonna make all of your nightmares come true. / Mother's gonna put all of her fears into you. / Mother's gonna keep you right here under her wing. / She won't let you fly, but she might let you sing. / Mama will keep baby cozy and warm. / Ooooh babe, ooooh babe, oooooh babe, / Of course Mama's gonna help build the wall." - Mother
As Pink grows up in the 1950s, he turns to poetry to express his feelings, but his school teacher berates his work and reads one of his poems out loud in class to mock him. The callous treatment of the teacher only provides "another brick in the wall" that Pink continues to build to protect himself from the cruelties of living.
|Teacher:||What have we hear, laddie? A secret code? Oh, poems, no less. Poems, everybody! The laddie reckons himself a poet! [reads Pink's poem] "Money get back, I'm all right Jack, keep hands off my stack. New car caviar, four star daydream. Buy me a football team." [Slams Pink's black notebook onto school desk] Absolute rubbish, Laddie! [smack's the boy's wrist with a stick] Get on with your work.|
As an adult, Pink becomes a famous rock star. He marries but his marriage fails after his wife has an affair and Pink takes solace with a rock groupy (Jenny Wright), but one night she runs away in fear when Pink trashes his Los Angeles hotel room.
Strung out on drugs, his manager finds Pink collapsed in his room and pumps him with more drugs so he can perform at his upcoming concert. While on stage, Pink becomes delusional and hallucinates he is a Neo-Fascist dictator at a rally and cries foul at the audience members, which fans the flame of an ethnic riot at the concert as his followers attack minorities and instigate the rape of a white girlfriend of a black man.
“Are there any queers in the theater tonight? Get ‘em up against the wall! That one in the spotlight, he don’t look right! Get him up against the wall! And that one looks Jewish...and that one’s a coon! Who let all this riff raff into the room? That one’s smoking a joint! And that one's got spots! If I had my way, I’d have the lot of you shot!” -Pink [in a delusional state of mind]
Toward the end of the film, the screen morphs into an animated sequence with Pink as a small rag doll on trial in a courtroom. The nightmarish judge hears his case which includes testimony from Pink's wife, his mother, and his abusive school teacher. The judge orders "The Wall" be torn down and the film concludes with an explosion, symbolizing the destruction of a metaphorical wall that Pink had created to protect himself from life.
Note: The motion picture Pink Floyd The Wall (1982) is based on the 1979 double music album "The Wall" by Pink Floyd.