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Writers:
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 »
User Reviews:
The greatest story of doomed love since Romeo and Juliet See more (118 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)

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
Tim Partridge .... dolby sound consultant (uncredited)
 
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:
Though not mentioned in the film, Sid's one and only solo album, which we hear references to in the movie, was titled "Sid Sings". Also not mentioned is the actual name of the band that we see Sid put together while in New York City. They were called "Vicious White Kids", and though they never officially released an album, a bootleg of one of the very few gigs they actually did play can be found to this day, though the recording is of dubious quality.See more »
Goofs:
Incorrectly regarded as goofs: In the movie, Sid (Gary Oldman) is frequently seen wearing a t-shirt with the hammer and sickle symbol printed on it. In reality, Vicious frequently wore a t-shirt containing a Nazi swastika symbol, but Alex Cox didn't want to put a swastika in the film.See more »
Quotes:
Malcolm:Phoebe - how would you like to supervise our Sidney for a month or two?
Phoebe:No way.
Malcolm:Go on; you'd be a good influence on the boy. Why not?
Phoebe:Infectious hepatitis, loony girlfriend, drugs?
Malcolm:Boys will be boys.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in The Making of 'Interstate 60' (2003) (V)See more »
Soundtrack:
She Never Took No For An AnswerSee more »

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17 out of 35 people found the following review useful.
The greatest story of doomed love since Romeo and Juliet, 6 July 1999
Author: AdamRant from Burbank, CA

Sid and Nancy is one of those rare films that has all the bursting exuberance of youth without all the negative side effects. There are no scenes that scream out "HEY LOOK AT US! WE'RE YOUNG, WE'RE TWISTED, DON'T YOU WISH YOU WE'RE US!?" Okay maybe it has a few, but none of them feel like they exist strictly for shock value, none of them feel the least bit contrived or unnecessary. That is what makes Sid and Nancy so great. Most film criticism stems from reaction to prior film releases. Reviewers like Siskel and Ebert tend to cling to comparisons as a safety blanket, and as an almost cop out for original thought. Director Alex Cox (Repo Man) tells a story of doomed love that tends to defy easy categorization. Its brilliant combination of ultra realistic biography and surrealistic conjecture create a film universe that had not been seen prior to its release. The film opens in a dingy New York City, Chelsea Hotel room. Sex Pistols bassist and Punk Rock icon Sid Vicious (Gary Oldman, in a staggering performance) is being questioned by police about the apparent murder of his girlfriend and world famous rock n' roll groupie Nancy Spungen (Chloe Webb, Twins, TV's China Beach). Smash cut to the punk rock era of 1977 London, where Sid meets Nancy in a world of anarchy and disillusion inhabited by kids who don't know quite what they are disillusioned about. After a brief first encounter there is no chemistry between these two classic lovers, but soon Nancy sees Sid at a Sex Pistols gig, jumping around on stage freely showing his lack of musical ability and its love at first sight. (Note: it is a documented fact that Sid Vicious barely knew two chords on the bass guitar.) When Sid, after asking Nancy to cop some heroin for him, bashes his head against a brick wall in a twisted attempt to empathize with her, Nancy's love is only reaffirmed by Sid's complete abandonment of personal safety. Before we know it the two are shooting up the drug, which immediately begins a cycle of codependency that only desperate youth could satisfy. So the question arises are they really in love? Or do they need each other to support their habit? Well the question is answered, at least in Alex Cox's eyes, in a scene where the Sex Pistols play a gig on a riverboat, which ends violently in a police clash with Sex Pistols fans. As the boat docks, the punk rock youth pour onto the dock to escape the Billy clubs. Sid and Nancy casually stroll through the chaos unscathed as if they know that their love will protect them. As corny as the above event my sound, Alex Cox quickly juxtaposes with a scene of pure brutal addiction where we get to witness one of the most frantic "fiending for drugs scenes" ever shot. Sid and Nancy's desperation does not only make us cringe, it also makes us laugh with a classic comic topper that has to be witnessed to gain full appreciation. There in lies the beauty of Sid and Nancy, a locomotive of a film that is always on the verge of jumping the tracks, but is saved at the breaking point by carefully placed contradictions that more often than not makes us laugh. As if the above were not enough to make an engrossing movie, the film is also a great example of integrating historical events into a story without distracting the viewer from the film's unifying themes. Sid and Nancy is a great anthology of the rise and fall of a social movement, which behind the spiked hair, and leather jackets, was a dead on assessment of the hypocrisy that existed in England and the United States circa the decadent 1970's.

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