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The Filth and the Fury (2000)

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

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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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12 May 2000 (UK)  »

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

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$606,643 (USA) (14 July 2000)
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John Lydon: [remembering Sid Vicious] All's I can tell you is I could take on England, but I couldn't take on one heroin addict.
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Chirpy Chirpy Cheep Cheep
Written by Harold Stott (as Stott) and Giuseppe Cassia (as Cassia)
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Courtesy of BMG Entertainment International U.K. and Ireland Ltd.
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"God save the Queen...she ain't no human being."
31 August 2001 | by (Järvenpää, Finland) – See all my reviews

This is by far one of the very best rock-documentaries I've ever seen. It uncovers the eventful story of The Sex Pistols. The notorious band was active merely about 2 years of time and they recorded only one album, famous classic "Never mind the bollocks, here's The Sex Pistols". In a highly small period of time they shake the social system and left their footprints in a rock history.

I'm not sure if this is a matter of opinion but obviously no-one can seriously claim that The Sex Pistols was musically an extremely skillful band full of talented blokes because it simply wasn't like that. The Sex Pistols is much more interesting as a phenomenon. Sid Vicious was a terrible bassist, (it's also said in "The Filth and the fury") Johnny Rotten was a rotten singer who was mostly brawling on the stage and their music was simple, harsh and noisy.

Music is irrelevant because they never tried to sound nice, it's the lyrics and the attitude that counts. After this documentary at the latest you'll find out how obvious it is that without The Sex Pistols there would have never been the whole culture known as "punk". This is a chance to see their story as told by the band themselves. If you don't like 'em, you can still find "The Filth and the fury" interesting. It isn't only a documentary about the band, it's a close look at England in the late 70's.


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