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Performance (1970)

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Chas, a violent and psychotic East London gangster needs a place to lie low after a hit that should never have been carried out. He finds the perfect cover in the form of guest house run by... See full summary »


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Chas, a violent and psychotic East London gangster needs a place to lie low after a hit that should never have been carried out. He finds the perfect cover in the form of guest house run by the mysterious Mr. Turner, a one-time rock superstar, who is looking for the right spark to rekindle his faded talent. Written by Brad Jackson

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This film is about madness. And sanity. Fantasy. And reality. Death. And life. Vice. And versa. See more »


Crime | Drama

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Rated R for sexual content, nudity, drug material and some violence | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

4 September 1970 (Finland)  »

Also Known As:

Az előadás  »

Box Office


£750,000 (estimated)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Did You Know?


When trying to psych Chas out, Turner pretends he has seen his show, and asks Pherber when this was: "'67? '68? '69?" The film was initially due for release in 1968 but held up until 1970, rendering this bit of dialogue slightly pointless. See more »


[on the intercom outside as Chas rings the front door]
Pherber: "Leave a message after the beep. Beep, beep, BEEP!
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Referenced in Gangster No. 1 (2000) See more »


Performed by Merry Clayton
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"Time for a Change"
8 February 2005 | by (Toronto) – See all my reviews

Just recently released on DVD, this film is, no doubt, about to have a whole new group of fans.

Here, questions of gender and sexuality are marred by the influence of drugs in the hippie enclave of Powis Square in '60s London. After a rapid fall from power within local crime syndicate, James Fox flees the mafia and finds refuge in the eclectic house of Mick Jagger. Jagger is living the life of the failed superstar with a small entourage of women; a recluse, whose appetite for sex and drugs is fueled by his royalty cheques. When this young gangster stumbles into his house, Jagger involves him into his kinky games, transforming him into one of his own. There is plenty of subtext here, if anyone is interested in digging deeper.

Perhaps the biggest letdown of the recent DVD release is that it was released in mono Dolby. Seeing as the soundtrack was released on stereo CD, why couldn't the audio, at least during the music sequences, have been similarly remastered?

The Stones rarely played "Memo From Turner" due to their "women troubles" that stemmed from the film. Jagger was sleeping with Richard's girlfriend on the set, or something to that effect. Anyway, "Memo From Turner" was released on the album "Metamorphasis" in 1976. The intro on the 1976 version is great, but the 1970 version on this album is one of the hottest tracks the Stones ever recorded without Mic Taylor. This song proves to be one of the first music videos ever made, as it appears in its entirety in Roeg's film.

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