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Alex Cox (screenplay) and
Abbe Wool (screenplay)
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Release Date:
7 November 1986 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
Love kills
Plot:
Morbid biographical story of Sid Vicious, bassist with British punk group the Sex Pistols, and his girlfriend Nancy Spungen... See more » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
Nominated for BAFTA Film Award. Another 5 wins See more »
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Convincing portrait of the wasted and the talentless. See more (117 total) »

Cast

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Gary Oldman ... Sid Vicious

Chloe Webb ... Nancy Spungen

David Hayman ... Malcolm
Debby Bishop ... Phoebe

Andrew Schofield ... John

Xander Berkeley ... Bowery Snax
Perry Benson ... Paul
Tony London ... Steve
Sandy Baron ... Hotelier - U.S.A.

Sy Richardson ... Methadone Caseworker

Edward Tudor-Pole ... Hotelier - U.K.

Biff Yeager ... Detective

Courtney Love ... Gretchen
Rusty Blitz ... Reporter
John Spaceley ... Chelsea Resident

Coati Mundi ... Desk Clerk
Ed Pansullo ... Detective
Vincent J. Isaac ... Detective
J. Steven Markus ... Detective

Anne Lambton ... Linda
Sallie Anne Field ... Singer

Kathy Burke ... Brenda Windzor
Sara Sugarman ... Abby National

Mark Monero ... Jah Clive
Michele Winstanley ... Olive McBollocks (as Michèle Winstanley)
Andy Bradford ... Dick Bent
Tom Little ... Publican
Barbara Coles ... Reporter

Pete Lee-Wilson ... Duke Bowman
Graham Fletcher-Cook ... Wally Hairstyle
Stuart Fox ... Rock Head
Victoria Harwood ... Hermione
Jude Alderson ... Ma Vicious
James Snell ... Edward
Niven Boyd ... Rock Head's Trainer

Miguel Sandoval ... Record Company Executive
Richard W. Barker III ... Sid's Minder

Patti Tippo ... Tanned and Sultry Blonde

John M. Jackson ... Lance Boyles M.D. (as John Jackson)
Peter McCarthy ... Hugh Kares
Desirée Erasmus ... Mrs. Hugh Kares (as Desiree Erasmus)
Gloria LeRoy ... Granma
Milton Selzer ... Granpa
Bruce J. Magrane ... Andy
Stefanie Auerbach ... Bette (as Stephanie Auerbach)
Jeffrey Kumer ... Buzz
Bradley Lieberman ... Chipper
Tricia Bartholome ... Mary Jane
Jeanne McCarthy ... Trell

John Snyder ... Vito
Ron Moseley ... Wax Max (as Ron Moseley Jr.)
Fox Harris ... Old Stain

Iggy Pop ... Prospective Guest
Suchi Asano ... Prospective Guest (as Suchi)
Dan Wool ... Guitarist (as Dan Wul)
Mitch Dean ... Drummer
Circle Jerks ... Kittens (as The Circle Jerks)
Angel Dove ... Punkette
Sherice Prince ... Punkette
Kelly Louise Lynn ... Punkette
Sri Johnston ... Punkette
Jamie L. Crowe ... Punkette

Julie St. Claire ... Punkette (as Julie Marie Capone)
Raymond Rosario ... ABC Kid

Daniel Louis Rivas ... ABC Kid (as Daniel Rivas)
Favian Xavier ... ABC Kid
Al Alu ... TV Interviewer
Bob Ellis ... Fireman (as Bobby Ellis)
Peyton Kirkpatrick ... Fireman
Jimmy Emig ... Chelsea Child
Keith Morris ... Rikers Junky

Alexander Folk ... Riker's Guard
Dick Rude ... Riker's Guard
G.J. Thomson ... Dancing Kid
Lawrence Bell Jr. ... Dancing Kid
Rome Jefferson Jr. ... Dancing Kid
Cat Vicious ... Smoky
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Alex Cox ... Man Sitting in Mr. Head's Room (uncredited)
Colin Davis ... Smeggy (uncredited)
Peter Jaques ... Priest Carrying Bottle of Whisky (uncredited)
Ken Leicht ... Punk Rocker (uncredited)

David McCarthy ... Kid Hustler (uncredited)

Slash ... Punk Rocker (uncredited)

Anthony Straeger ... Band Manager (uncredited)
Jaynie Sustar ... Punkette (uncredited)
Barrie Wild ... Longhaired Rocker (uncredited)

Del Zamora ... Mexican Transvestite (uncredited)
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Directed by
Alex Cox 
 
Writing credits
Alex Cox (screenplay) and
Abbe Wool (screenplay)

Produced by
Eric Fellner .... producer
Peter Jaques .... associate producer: UK
Margaret Matheson .... executive producer
Peter McCarthy .... co-producer
Abbe Wool .... associate producer
Scott Millaney .... executive producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Dan Wool  (as Pray for Rain)
 
Cinematography by
Roger Deakins 
 
Film Editing by
David Martin 
 
Production Design by
Lynda Burbank  (as Linda Burbank)
J. Rae Fox 
Andrew McAlpine 
 
Art Direction by
J. Rae Fox 
 
Set Decoration by
Marcie Dale 
Joanne Woollard (uncredited)
 
Costume Design by
Catherine Cook 
 
Makeup Department
Peter Frampton .... makeup designer
Aaron Glynn .... hair stylist
 
Production Management
Andrew Z. Davis .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
John Dodds .... second assistant director: UK
Josh King .... third assistant director: Los Angeles
Betsy Magruder .... first assistant director: USA
Rip Murray .... second assistant director: Los Angeles
Marianne Myatt .... second assistant director: New York
Barbie Painter .... second assistant director: New York
Chris Rose .... first assistant director: UK
Gerard Wall .... third assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Charmian Adams .... assistant art director
Lynda Burbank .... art director: US
Michael D'Imperio .... assistant property master
Clifford 'Kip' Gynn .... assistant props
Caroline Hanania .... art director: UK
Tyler Smith .... special set construction
Philip Steuer .... property master
Mark White .... construction
 
Sound Department
Peter Glossop .... production sound mixer
Scott Jacobs .... sound
Andrew Sissons .... sound assistant
Lionel Strutt .... adr mixer
 
Special Effects by
Jarn Heil .... special effects technician
 
Visual Effects by
Tony Willis .... effects cameraman (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Jery Hewitt .... stunt coordinator
Sherry Leigh .... stunts
J.D. Silvester .... stunts
Tom Wright .... stunt coordinator
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Jeff Baynes .... third camera: UK
David Bridges .... second camera: UK
David Bryant .... first assistant camera
Roger Deakins .... camera operator
Steven Fierberg .... additional cinematographer
Jim Grce .... gaffer
John Higgins .... gaffer
Dwight Joseph Lavers .... key grip
Peter G. Lindsay .... best boy grip
Clay Liversidge .... electrician
Charlie McIntyre .... electrician
Simon Mein .... still photographer
Gary Molyneux .... electrician
William Moore .... best boy electric: New York
Bill O'Leary .... best boy
Simon Reeves .... second assistant camera
Michael Rudolph .... electrician
Stephen Williams .... camera operator: rostrum camera (uncredited)
 
Casting Department
Lucy Boulting .... casting: UK
Victoria Thomas .... casting: USA
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Lisa Riddle .... costume assistant: Los Angeles
Lisa Riddle .... costume design assistant
Pam Tait .... assistant costume designer
 
Editorial Department
Michael Danks .... second assistant editor
Justin Krish .... first assistant editor
 
Music Department
Kathy Nelson .... music supervisor
Graham Walker .... music production supervisor
Graham Walker .... music supervisor
Greg Fulginiti .... music engineer (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
Richard Booz .... transportation captain
 
Other crew
Libbie Barr .... script supervisor
Jacob F. Conrad .... location manager: New York
Tom Garrett .... assistant to producer
Ted Hope .... production assistant
Susan Jacobs .... publicist
Tom Lowe .... production assistant
Charles M. Lum .... assistant location manager: New York
James R. Powell .... projectionist
Dick Rude .... commercials author
Joe Stevens .... consultant
Rachel Talalay .... location manager: Los Angeles
Abbe Wool .... kitten wrangler
Peter Corbett .... third assistant director (uncredited)
 
Thanks
Terence Dackombe .... special thanks
 

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112 min | Australia:110 min
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
Chloe Webb and Gary Oldman improvised their dialogue in the scene leading up to Spungen's death. They created their dialogue from archival interviews and other materials available to them.See more »
Goofs:
Audio/visual unsynchronized: When the police arrest Sid at the beginning of the film,he bites one of the police officers. When the officer replies, his lips do not match the words.See more »
Quotes:
Bowery Snax, drug dealer:Sid, Nance, pull up your pants.See more »
Movie Connections:
References Easy Rider (1969)See more »
Soundtrack:
Glued Up and SpeedingSee more »

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65 out of 110 people found the following review useful.
Convincing portrait of the wasted and the talentless., 18 May 2003
Author: Peter Hayes from United Kingdom

Recent social history is very hard to capture through drama and Alex Cox must be grateful to have such a good plot device (a far from standard love story) to carry us through this difficult and much misunderstood period of history.

Punk rock was born to be a cult. Through all the headlines and publicity the central music barely scrapped the US charts: The Sex Pistols one studio album only just crept in to the American top 100 and they were viewed more as a novelty act than the next big thing. Only when the whole thing was tamed and popified did the thing take off, by then renamed "new wave" to differentiate between the new and old school.

(By this time the Pistols had long since self-destructed.)

In the beginning, the Sex Pistols were more a private party than a band, indeed they often played them instead of more normal gigs. The original punks were anti fashion and anti everything, attracting misfits of all kinds and colours; although art and fashion students made up the majority. This really was an open house with prostitutes, homosexuals and exhibtionists being equally welcome.

(This is accurately depicted in the movie.)

Sid and Nancy were from this hanging-on group and although joining the group as bassist and groupie respectively (Nancy tried to get it on with most of the band) they were never more than window dressing. The Pistol sound was Lydon/Rotten's voice and Steve Jones's power chords. Sid never even played on the records.

It is notable that many icons manage to have an icon haircut (Elvis, Rolling Stones, Beatles all set hair fashions) and amazingly SV even managed one himself with his perfect spikes. His look, his life and his early death made him a cult, but he didn't leave a legacy behind other than a series of half-hearted drunken rants.

Hard to see how Oldman could do more to be Vicious other than lose a few years. SV died at 21 and Oldman is clearly older (28 at the time of filming), but that is my only quibble. Chloe Webb (as Nancy) is also good, but annoying, like a dog that won't shut up barking and chewing the furniture, until you just accept it. A life consisting of drugs, sex and TV - often consumed all at the same time.

Alex Cox's direction (possibly because he knew the punk movement first hand rather than through the papers) is first rate - like Quentin Tarantino lite - but he is just as much a flash-in-the-pan as Sid and Nancy himself. He can't make a mainstream movie, because all he is interested in is man's ugly underbelly and without major acting talent these things look self-indulgent and even amateurish.

However this is a moral look at drug taking - not the "fun before it gets serious" moral - the "its never a good idea full stop" one. Sid is a child, Nancy is barely any more than a child, but more street-wise. Too lazy for work she used oral sex like most people use a credit card.

I like this film because it has something to say about undeserved fame, what you do (or the few choices you have) after your fifteen minutes is up and how empty headed people with no agenda get treated in this big bad world. Whether you want to spend time learning all this is up to you, but it is very well done if you do.

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