Many, and I do mean many, years ago I saw this film and it lived on in my memory as something amazing. I haven’t seen it since it was released back in 1980, or nearly so. On rewatch, what I realized is that it was the soundtrack more than the story that got me. Then again, I was amazed at how much of the film was still in my mind, particularly the finale.
The story picks up post-punk and into new wave in the UK. The music is all original and the story is a tad less so. However, despite some of the weaknesses of how it depicts the rise and tribulations of Breaking Glass the band, and the members, when you get to the final scene, which had been seared into my memory nearly perfectly, the movie crystallizes.
Just to add small drinking game value to the viewing, there are some notable smaller roles to watch for (in ascending difficulty of recognition) by Jonathan Pryce, Jim Broadbent, and Richard Griffiths.
Despite the poor quality of the print that appears to be available, the 93 minute investment for anyone who likes that era of music and wants to see a take that does ultimately pay off well, is time worthwhile. If you just want the music, you can’t go wrong with the soundtrack either, if you can still find it. If you were into disco and dance music, I forgive you, but we probably shouldn’t be talking, so we’ll just leave it at that 😉