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The Filth and the Fury -- A shocking portrait of one of the most notorious rock groups of all time. A compelling and insightful look into the world of The Sex Pistols.
The Filth and the Fury -- A film about the career of the notorious punk rock band, the Sex Pistols.


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12 May 2000 (Norway) See more »
A Sex Pistols film - uncut, unseen, unbelievable.
A film about the career of the notorious punk rock band, the Sex Pistols. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
3 wins & 1 nomination See more »
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This one is for Harold Wilson; It's called Liar! See more (64 total) »


  (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
Lee Brazier .... assistant to Paul Webster
John Shearlaw .... researcher
Amanda Street .... international sales: FilmFour
Cassandra Ulinski .... assistant: Eric Gardner
James Wilson .... production executive: FilmFour
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
108 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Sound Mix:
Australia:MA | France:U | Germany:12 | 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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14 out of 15 people found the following review useful.
This one is for Harold Wilson; It's called Liar!, 6 August 2010
Author: Spikeopath from United Kingdom

The Filth and the Fury is directed by Julien Temple and is a rockumentary charting the rise and fall of Punk Rock flag bearers, The Sex Pistols. 20 years earlier Temple had made The Great Rock and Roll Swindle, a bonkers and quirky movie that skewed the Sex Pistols legend as some elaborate hoax formulated by band manager Malcolm McLaren. The Filth and the Fury tells the story from the viewpoint of the band members themselves and goes some way to dispelling the myths that surround them and their self publicising manager. The title of the film is a reference to a headline that appeared in the British tabloid newspaper The Daily Mirror after an interview with the band on ITV's Today show presented by Bill Grundy. The story follows the band members from their humble beginnings in London's Shepherd's Bush, to their implosion at the Winterland Ballroom in San Francisco, and then to coup de grace as Sid Vicious & Nancy Spungen left the mortal coil.

Love them or hate them, The Sex Pistols in the mid to late 70s created a wave in the music industry that can still be felt today. Most of it now seems tame of course, swearing on TV and alleged distasteful songs are common practice these days, but it were not the case back when flared trousers and guys wearing make up gave way to Punk Rock Britannia. But is there anything here for those who just don't get that the Pistols were influential and one of Britain's most important bands? Yes, definitely. This is no rose tinted glasses documentary serving only to keep the Pistols name on the high heat. Nor, is it over an hour and half of their videos and live footage. Of course the music features prominently, but it's in context to the story, a story that sees the remaining band members give frank and honest assessments of the time, the place and the now.

Interviewing the band singularly in darkened silhouette to give off the impression we are witnessing criminal informers at work, Temple also puts the band into historical context with Britain's social situation in the 1970s. This is crucial to the origins of the band. It was a time of strikes and suspect politicians, so with archival footage from the period, Temple fuses the Pistols ire with that of a country that was limping along in apathy. Haters of the band don't want to agree of course, but the Pistols showed that not all of Britain would surrender meekly, and, that music could actually make a difference and shake up the system. "Get Off Your Arse" snarled John, and thousands did, as Punk bands formed over night and showed that the youth of the day had a voice. How many bands can say that eh?

But as we know, it was to be a short lived journey for the band, one that would end in tragedy: as first the press went bazooka over the top with their every move, and then as one out of his depth bass player lost sight of the bands vision. This part of the film is subtly handled by Temple, the sense of impending doom hangs heavy, none more so with the old interviews held with Vicious that are woven into the last third as self destruction grows ever near. These sequences show what many people either forget or don't realise; that Vicious was just a kid of 21 years of age. This part of the tale also lets us into an untapped part of Lydon's {ne:Rotten} emotional side, a telling moment that brings the sorry chapter to a close.

From a time when music could be as dangerous as the politicians running the country, The Filth & The Fury is an essential music based movie. Not just for fans of the band, nor just for curious music fans in general, but also for historians wishing to see just how bad late 1970s Britain was. 10/10

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