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The Filth and the Fury -- A film about the career of the notorious punk rock band, the Sex Pistols.

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Release Date:
12 May 2000 (Norway) See more »
Tagline:
A Sex Pistols film - uncut, unseen, unbelievable.
Plot:
A film about the career of the notorious punk rock band, the Sex Pistols. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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3 wins & 1 nomination See more »
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Review of Julien Temple's documentary of the Sex Pistols See more (63 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)
Paul Cook ... Himself
Steve Jones ... Himself

John Lydon ... Himself (as Johnny Rotten)
Glen Matlock ... Himself

Sid Vicious ... Himself (archive footage)

Malcolm McLaren ... Himself
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

David Bowie ... Himself (archive footage)

Alice Cooper ... Himself (archive footage)

Stewart Copeland ... Himself (archive footage)

Ronnie Corbett ... Himself (archive footage)

Bryan Ferry ... Himself (archive footage)
Stephen Fisher ... Himself (Sex Pistols' lawyer) (archive footage)

Alice Fox ... Woman in crowd (voice)
Bill Grundy ... Himself (archive footage)
Eric Hall ... Himself (as Eric 'Monster' Hall)

Benny Hill ... Himself (archive footage)

Billy Idol ... Himself (archive footage)

David Johansen ... Himself (archive footage)
Jordan ... Herself (archive footage)
Nick Kent ... Himself (music journalist) (archive footage)
Shane MacGowan ... Himself (archive footage)

Freddie Mercury ... Himself (archive footage)
New York Dolls ... Themselves (archive footage)

Laurence Olivier ... Himself (archive footage)

Queen Elizabeth II ... Herself (archive footage)
Roxy Music ... Themselves (archive footage)

Steven Severin ... Himself (as Siouxsie and the Banshees)
The Sex Pistols ... Themselves
Siouxsie Sioux ... Herself (archive footage)
Nancy Spungen ... Herself (archive footage)

Rod Stewart ... Himself (archive footage)

Sting ... Himself (archive footage)

Andy Summers ... Himself (archive footage)
Johnny Thunders ... Himself (archive footage)
Helen Wellington-Lloyd ... Herself (archive footage)

Directed by
Julien Temple 
 
Produced by
Anita Camarata .... producer
Eric Gardner .... executive producer
Amanda Temple .... producer
Paul Webster .... chief executive procuder: FilmFour
Jonathan Weisgal .... executive producer
 
Film Editing by
Niven Howie 
 
Sound Department
Jens Christensen .... foley recordist
Felicity Cottrell .... foley artist
Paul Davies .... supervising sound editor
John Hennessey .... sound
Dave McGrath .... sound mixer
Bernard O'Reilly .... sound editor
Nick Robertson .... sound
Jack Stew .... foley artist
Andrew Stirk .... dubbing assistant
Geoff Tookey .... sound
Nick Watson .... sound consultant: Dolby
 
Visual Effects by
Lorna Smith .... grading
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Joe Stevens .... still photographer
 
Editorial Department
Elaine Hughes .... assistant editor
Lars Woodruffe .... on-line editor
 
Music Department
Kaylin Frank .... music clearance
Jill Meyers .... music licensing
 
Other crew
John Shearlaw .... researcher
Amanda Street .... international sales: FilmFour
Cassandra Ulinski .... assistant: Eric Gardner
James Wilson .... production executive: FilmFour
 
Thanks
Terence Dackombe .... special thanks
Danny DeVito .... special thanks
Michael Shamberg .... special thanks
Stacey Sher .... special thanks
 

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Rated R for pervasive strong language, drugs and sexual content
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108 min
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Australia:MA | France:U | Iceland:16 | Netherlands:16 | New Zealand:M | Spain:18 | Switzerland:16 (canton of Geneva) | Switzerland:16 (canton of Vaud) | UK:15 | USA:R | USA:TV-MA (cable rating)
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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.See more »
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16 out of 19 people found the following review useful.
Review of Julien Temple's documentary of the Sex Pistols, 19 December 2002
Author: (mbergqu1@ithaca.edu) from Ithaca, NY

In his documentary, The Filth and the Fury, Julien Temple chronicles the rise and the fall of the legendary punk rock band the Sex Pistols. Temple tells this story through accounts given to him by the still living Sex Pistols, as the opposing side to his other Sex Pistols film, Great Rock and Roll Swindle, which was told to him by the Sex Pistols manager, Malcolm McLaren.

Temple uses interviews with the band members to tell the story of the Sex Pistols and intertwines it with live footage of the band's concerts and a taped interview with Sid Vicious, filmed before his death. The band their formation, joining up with McLaren, firing Glen Matlock, replacing him with Vicious, their problems in the United Kingdom and the United States, and the eventual end of the band due to Vicious's heroin addiction.

The documentary really got inside of the Sex Pistols and showed a more human side of the band. While the band is often made out to be a bunch of rowdy, angry, punk rock kids, the documentary showed a different side to them. Footage is shown of the band during a children's benefit show and the band members are seen playing with and talking to the kids with huge smiles on their faces, their joy at being at the event evident. Johnny Rotten also spends a large amount of time at the end of the film discussing Vicious' heroin addiction and his guilt at being unable to help his friend before it was too late.

I really liked the live footage of the Sex Pistols shows, as it showed the band in their element and also did a lot to show what the scene was like when the Pistols were around, and I could see how little it has changed since then. The footage shown of the Sex Pistols on a British television show and clips of newspaper articles at the time also did a lot to show the band's image in the eyes of the media as well.

One problem with the movie was that live footage of the band would be playing and then the film would cut to scenes from a Shakespeare movie or other random scene, which completely detracted from the film. Every time one of those clips would cut in it would jar my attention from the story, and it definitely broke up the cohesiveness of the film.

I think the film did a good job capturing the image that the Sex Pistols gave off, while also contrasting it with more human images of them, like during the children's show. Overall, I think the film was very well done, though I would have liked to have seen more background on each of the band members, rather than the Shakespearean ode. I would give this film a 7/10 and would recommend it to anyone looking for information about the Sex Pistols.

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