Picks and Pans Review: Breaking Glass

updated 06/08/1981 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 06/08/1981 AT 01:00 AM EDT

At last, the fervid post-punk British rock scene gets a movie as sharp, sensuous and gripping as the music itself. The hero, a nervy, hustling kid, played by Phil Daniels, encounters singer Hazel O'Connor in an alley while she's slapping up handbills for her band and demands to hear a song. She hurls a few bars at him a cappella and then bristles, "Get the gist of it?" He does—in fact, he proceeds to manage her, operating on pure instinct. In a witty, beautifully edited series of vignettes, they audition a new band called Breaking Glass. Soon they land a big touring contract, and just as manager and client begin to click romantically, big-time producer Jon Finch takes over and everything starts to unravel. O'Connor, 25, a fine singer from Coventry, wrote the 13 songs on the sound track. She is a sexy, tender, sardonic, downy fireball. Like Dustin Hoffman, Daniels, the desperate mod hero of Quadrophenia, personifies the impatience and cynicism of his generation. (PG)

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