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Jubilee (1978)

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Queen Elizabeth I travels to late twentieth-century Britain to discover a tawdry and depressing landscape where life mostly seems aimless and is anyway held cheap. Three post-punk girls ... See full summary »



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Queen Elizabeth I travels to late twentieth-century Britain to discover a tawdry and depressing landscape where life mostly seems aimless and is anyway held cheap. Three post-punk girls while away their vacuous existence as best they can, from time-to-time straying into murder to relieve the boredom. Written by Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

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Sex, drugs and punk rock. Add violence and time travel and you have Jubilee.


Comedy | Drama | Fantasy | Music


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September 1979 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Jubileum  »

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£200,000 (estimated)

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Very... uh... distinctive
15 September 2003 | by (Virginia) – See all my reviews

I can't recommend this. And I can't NOT recommend it.

I felt as though this movie was essentially a rip-off of A Clockwork Orange in a lot of respects. Especially a scene in which a character is wearing eyeliner and drinking out of a bottle of milk, which made me almost scream in despair and outrage. I know that ACO was still banned in Britain at the time, but it was still a bit much.

So Queen Elizabeth I asks to see the future and what she gets is No Future. Perhaps an almost tangible idea in 1977, but the knowledge of 26 years later, what with the corporate highjacking of punk a la Blink 182 and others, this seems a bit dated. Of course, corporate highjacking is what this movie's all about, which is why in many ways, it's still a disturbingly relevant film. Except of course, the Soviet-protected area of the UK shown at the end of the film.

I'm not one to be bothered by sex, incest, murder, and violence on screen, but I did find this movie to be a bit much at times. It didn't turn my stomach, but I found it to be a bit gratuitous. This is not a psychological mind-f**k like ACO; it's just a bunch of kids who can do whatever they please.

The acting's over the top at times, but punk is famous for that. Little Nell was almost a delight to watch... you can almost forgive her for snuff. Jenny Runacre gave the best performance as the calculating, cold-blooded Bod and as Queen Liz.

I feel ambivalent about this film. I want to hate it, and I want to love it. If you can get it (I don't think you'll be able to find it at your local Blockbuster... go somewhere where they stock movies that you haven't heard of), see it. Or don't see it. It's not life-changing... but it raises some interesting issues.

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