LINK TO SCRIPT: The original script for Pink Floyd - The Wall Screenplay

Concept and Story Line

The Wall is a rock opera that explores abandonment and isolation, symbolised by a metaphorical wall. The songs create an approximate storyline of events in the life of the protagonist, Pink, a character based on Waters whose father was killed during the Second World War. Pink is oppressed by his overprotective mother, and tormented at school by tyrannical, abusive teachers. Each of these traumas become metaphoric "bricks in the wall". The protagonist eventually becomes a rock star, his relationships marred by infidelity, drug use, and outbursts of violence. As his marriage crumbles, he finishes building his wall, completing his isolation from human contact.
Hidden behind his wall, Pink's crisis escalates, culminating in an hallucinatory on-stage performance where he believes that he is a fascist dictator performing at concerts similar to Neo-Nazi rallies, at which he sets men on fans he considers unworthy. Tormented with guilt, he places himself on trial, his inner judge ordering him to "tear down the wall", opening Pink to the outside world. The album turns full circle with its closing words "Isn't this where...", the first words of the phrase that begins the album, "...we came in?", with a continuation of the melody of the last song hinting at the cyclical nature of Waters' theme.

In 1979, Pink Floyd'srock opera TheWall, written primarily by RogerWaters, was released. The Wall has been staged as an elaboratetheatre performance by Pink Floyd in 1980 and 1981, by Waters in 1990 in Berlin, and in 2010and 2011 by Waters as a worldwide solo tour. The plot was also used for thefeature film Pink Floyd The Wall, and Waters iscurrently adapting the story for a Broadway production.

An example of a negative sanction comes from a scene in the Pink Floyd film 'The Wall,' whereby the young protagonist is ridiculed and verbally abused by a high school teacher for writing poetry in a mathematics class. The scene illustrates how education is all about control and conformity, and not about creativity and individuality.


The following article was in the Times after the release of the screenplay

Times Cover Aug 30th 1982

PINK FLOYD THE WALL Maggots! Corpses! Brutal cops! Fascist regalia! Devouring moms! Faithless wives! And on every possible occasion blood spurting and puddling. At
the center of the chaos an innocent everyboy (Bob Geldof, lead singer with those
punkers' punkers, the Boomtown Rats) broods about how iniquitous life is driving
him crazy. It is a ...Read more

Pink Floyd: The Wall (1982)
BY ROGER EBERT / February 24, 2010
The rock opera "Pink Floyd the Wall," first performed in 1978, came at a time when some rock artists were taking themselves very seriously indeed ........ This isn't the most fun to listen to and some viewers don't find it to much fun to watch, but the 1982 film is without question the best of all serious fiction films devoted to rock. Seeing it now in more timid times, it looks more daring than in did in 1982, when I saw it at Cannes........ It combines wickedly powerful animation with a surrealistic trip through the memory and hallucinations of an overdosing rock star. It touches on sex, nuclear disarmament, the agony of warfare, childhood feelings of abandonment, the hero's deep unease about women, and the life style of a rock star at the end of his rope. Read more

The New York Times

Same Words, Different ‘Wall’

October 6, 2010
.........The 2010 version of “The Wall” had those larger concepts in mind. It showed bombers dropping ideologically charged signs: the star of David, the crescent moon of Islam, the Christian crucifix, the logos of Mercedes-Benz and Shell. (Why not BP?) In the extended, ominous version of “Run Like Hell,” which Mr. Waters as Mr. Floyd introduced with a German accent and a red armband, the screen showed iPod-style phrases like “iLead,” “iHate,” “iKill” and “iPay” (with a graveyard) to suggest the processes of war and terrorism. Read more



Pink Floyd's 'The Wall': A Complete Analysis" © 2010 Bret Urick

Pink Floyd's the Wall is one of the most intriguing and imaginativealbums in the history of rock music. Since the studio album's release in 1979,the tour of 1980-81, and the subsequent movie of 1982, the Wall has become synonymous with, ifnot the very definition of, the term "concept album." Aurallyexplosive on record, astoundingly complex on stage, and visually explosive onthe screen, the Wall traces thelife of the fictional protagonist, Pink Floyd, from his boyhood days inpost-World-War-II Englandto his self-imposed isolation as a world-renowned rock star, leading to aclimax that is as cathartic as it is destructive. Read more


All books below are available through Hillsborough County Public Library

Aurum Press 2008
The Inside Story Of Pink Floyd by Mark Blake
The only comprehensive story of Pink Floyd, from it emergency in the late sixities to it's
unexpected reunion in Hyde Park at the Live 8 Concert - published to coincide with there 40th anniversary

Free Press 2008
Stories Done: Writings on the 1960s and Its Discontents by Mikal Gilmore
(Pgs 315-332): The Madess and Wonder of Pink Floyd

echoes.jpgEchoes: The Complete History of Pink Floyd by Glenn Povey
Author Glenn Povey discusses the extensive research he did for this book at
great length, and it shows in the many otherwise unpublished photos, the nearly
comprehensive set lists, and other interesting archival material he managed to
dig up.

Pink Floyd: Reflections and Echoes: On Record, On Stage and
On Film, 1965 - 2005 by Bob Carruthers and Tommy Vance