Performance (1970)

R  |   |  Crime, Drama  |  4 September 1970 (Finland)
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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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Complete credited cast:
Michèle Breton ...
Lucy (as Michele Breton)
Ann Sidney ...
Stanley Meadows ...
Allan Cuthbertson ...
The Lawyer
Anthony Morton ...
Dennis (as Antony Morton)
Johnny Shannon ...
Harry Flowers
Joey Maddocks
Kenneth Colley ...
Tony Farrell (as Ken Colley)
John Sterland ...
The Chauffeur
Laraine Wickens ...


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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See them all in a film about fantasy. And reality. Vice. And versa. See more »


Crime | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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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| (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Did You Know?


The principle photography for Performance began on Monday, July 26, 1968. See more »


[Chas flicks his cigarette ash onto a rug]
Turner: That rug's over two hundred years old.
Chas: Yeah, it looks it.
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Referenced in Rewind This! (2013) See more »


Memo From T
(Turner's song)
Written by Mick Jagger
Performed by Mick Jagger
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When Worlds Collide
18 June 2004 | by (Sunnyvale, California) – See all my reviews

A number of Nicholas Roeg's films explore the collision of two cultures: Australian aborigine vs. urban Caucasian in "Walkabout" (1971) ... English vs. Italian in "Don't Look Now" (1973) ... and alien vs. humankind in "The Man Who Fell To Earth" (1976). "Performance" (1970) explores the collision between the world of a sadistic extortion artist and the world of a retired rock star and his companions. But the plot merely serves as a vehicle to convey compelling images and music -- the film is surrealistic and imaginative rather than realistic or film noire. At one point in the film, Jagger reads from Jorge Luis Borges's short story "The South," while his consort prepares a lunch of psychedelic mushrooms. The film touchs on BDSM sex, the harder side of the gay world, extortion, art, and imagination. Reality is not always what it seems. Jagger's performance of "Memo from Turner" is a minor triumph: "Remember who you say you area / And keep your noses clean / Boys will be boys and play with toys / So be strong with your beasts."

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