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The Filth and the Fury (2000)

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A film about the career of the notorious punk rock band, the Sex Pistols.


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Steve Jones ...
Himself (as Johnny Rotten)
Glen Matlock ...
Himself (archive footage)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Himself (archive footage)
Himself (archive footage)
Himself (archive footage)
Himself (archive footage)
Himself (archive footage)
Stephen Fisher ...
Himself (Sex Pistols' lawyer) (archive footage)
Woman in crowd (voice)
Bill Grundy ...
Himself (archive footage)
Eric Hall ...
Himself (as Eric 'Monster' Hall)


A documentary about the punk band The Sex Pistols. The film tries to lighten some of the backgrounds of their way through the punk era while telling the story of the band from zero back to zero. Features lots of interviews and comments of folks who were involved. Written by Oliver Heidelbach

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A Sex Pistols film - uncut, unseen, unbelievable.

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Rated R for pervasive strong language, drugs and sexual content | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

12 May 2000 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

I goiteia tis orgis  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$13,305 (USA) (31 March 2000)


$606,643 (USA) (14 July 2000)

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1.85 : 1
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Bill Grundy: We'll meet after, shall we?
Steve Jones: You dirty sod! You dirty old man!
Bill Grundy: Keep going, chief, keep going. You've got another 5 seconds. Say something outrageous.
Steve Jones: You dirty bastard.
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References The Message (1977) See more »


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Written by Harold Stott (as Stott) and Giuseppe Cassia (as Cassia)
Performed by Middle of the Road
Courtesy of BMG Entertainment International U.K. and Ireland Ltd.
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Superb docu film and essential for everyone
4 March 2003 | by (Scotland, UK) – See all my reviews

Was recommended this by a pistols fan who is also into the Punk scene. Not being a Pistols fan I was unsure but my friends tastes are similar so gave it a try. Very pleased I did. It's a thoroughly enjoyable docu film with some great footage and really encompasses the whole scene. It's amazing how times have moved on really and this is also a look at how society was so stuck up it's own arris here in the UK at that period.

John Lydon has always been much more than just a yob of a front man as every interview I have ever heard with him he has always spoken with true meaning and passion. This has not changed my mind and you cannot help but be moved by his interview, especially on the death of Sid. The best moments for me are the interviews and clips of journalist Nick Kent, an absolute 'kent' if ever there was one. As a big Adam Ant fan it was nice to see some footage of the man behind the song "Press Darlings", and boy did he come up trumps. What a complete.... It also reveals McLaren to be the compete t**t he was too. A great film for everyone with even a passing interest in music and not just punk. It's about a change in ideals and the times. And very well done. 9/10 as it does what it sets out to do very very well.

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