Documentary chronicaling the rise and fall of the punk movement with rare interview footage of Sid Vicious and Nancy Spungen. Also concert and news footage.




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Credited cast:
Stiv Bators ...
Himself (as The Dead Boys)
Terry Chimes ...
Himself (as The Clash)
The Clash ...
Paul Cook ...
Himself : The Sex Pistols
The Dead Boys ...
Generation X ...
Jonathan Guinness ...
Topper Headon ...
Himself (as The Clash)
Tony James ...
Himself (as Generation X)
Mick Jones ...
Himself (as The Clash)
Himself : The Sex Pistols
Himself (as Johnny Rotten)
Glen Matlock ...
Himself : The Rich Kids
Gene October ...
Himself (as Generation X)
Augustus Pablo ...


Documentary chronicaling the rise and fall of the punk movement with rare interview footage of Sid Vicious and Nancy Spungen. Also concert and news footage. Written by Emily Moody <>

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10 April 1981 (USA)  »

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Filmed in 1978. See more »


Referenced in Neighbors (1981) See more »


I Wanna Be a Dead Boy
Performed by The Dead Boys
Courtesy of Sire Records
Recorded live by Joe Sutherland
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rare punk documentary that's worth a look!
17 December 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This film serves as a nice bridge between between Don Letts' 'The Punk Rock Movie' and Penelope Spheeris' 'The Decline of Western Civilization' as it mainly follows the Sex Pistols on their disastrous U.S. tour which lead to their implosion and was followed by the death of Sid Vicious and his girl friend Nancy (hence the film's title). Lech Kawalski captures some excellent footage of the band as well as the locals' reactions to the 'punk rock phenomenon.' Also Kawalski shows the social conditions from which the Pistols came from to give more back ground. And, to show some of the group's influence, has a good amount of live performances from other key punk bands like Sham 69, Generation X, X Ray Spex, Dead Boys and lesser known act Terry and the Idiots - not to mention a soundtrack which includes music from Iggy, the Ramones and the Clash! Good stuff! I was a little surprised as I thought I'd seen every punk rock movie from the era but this one seems to have fallen through the cracks. If you can get your hands on it, do so!

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