Pink Floyd (in this movie, one person) has had nothing short of a hard life. His father died seven months before his birth, in World War II, prompting the poor baby to be overprotected by his mother until his venture away from the home. This leads him to build a mental wall to isolate himself from the world and protect him from being hurt. He becomes a rock star, but totally ignores his wife. After his wife cheats on him, Pink blames her, goes crazy on a groupie, and finishes the wall. However, he learns too late that isolation is not the answer.
Factual error: In World War 2 London, Pink is shown playing with an aeroplane model - an Avro York. The earliest available plastic model kit of this aircraft was produced in 1967. Inaccurate model aside, it begs the question of what a kid of Pink's age would be doing with a plastic model kit during World War 2 anyway.
Trivia: Bob Geldof hates this film. He is quoted as saying "I hated it! I was embarrassed. I didn't know what I was getting into... I thought my acting was terrible. The script was ridiculous. And I hate Pink Floyd. As you may recall I was a punk rocker, so if you want to say something just keep it to three minutes..." He had to be physically restrained by director Alan Parker when he tried to get up and leave during the preview screening of the film at Cannes. In his autobiography "Is That It?" he trashes the film at length, labelling the script as puerile nonsense, and is particularly scathing about the political stance it appears to take. He had a miserable time on the set (reportedly, so did everyone else) and now refuses to even talk about the film or his experiences making it.
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