The Wall

September 17, 1982 ~ Pink Floyd’s seminal double album The Wall makes it to the big screen as a feature-length musical.Bob Geldof of the Boomtown Rats plays the lead role of Floyd “Pink” Pinkerton, a part originally earmarked for Roger Waters.

The movie is a surprise success, initially opening in just one theater but eventually climbing to #3 in the box office charts after a nationwide release (there’s often a funny smell in the theaters when the film is showing, and the concessions sell an unusual number of snacks). It later enjoys a second lease of life as a cult classic thanks to its release on home video.