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Control (2007)

A profile of Ian Curtis, the enigmatic singer of Joy Division whose personal, professional, and romantic troubles led him to commit suicide at the age of 23.

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Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 31 wins & 32 nominations. See more awards »

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Debbie Curtis
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Annik Honore
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Terry
Robert Shelly ...
Twinny
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Mr. Curtis - Ian's Father
Tanya Myers ...
Ian's Mother
Martha Myers Lowe ...
Ian's Sister (as Martha Myers-Lowe)
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Nick
David Whittington ...
Chemistry Teacher
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Storyline

Ian Curtis is a quiet and rather sad lad who works for an employment agency and sings in a band called Warsaw. He meets a girl named Debbie whom he promptly marries and his band, of which the name in the meantime has been changed to Joy Division, gets more and more successful. Even though Debbie and he become parents, their relationship is going downhill rapidly and Ian starts an affair with Belgium Annik whom he met after one of the gigs and he's almost never at home. Ian also suffers from epilepsy and has no-good medication for it. He doesn't know how to handle the feelings he has for Debbie and Annik and the pressure the popularity of Joy Division and the energy performing costs him. Written by Marco van Hoof <k_luifje7@hotmail.com>

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Biography | Drama | Music

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Rated R for language and brief sexuality | See all certifications »

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5 October 2007 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Controle - A História de Ian Curtis  »

Box Office

Budget:

€4,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£252,426 (UK) (5 October 2007)

Gross:

$871,577 (USA) (25 January 2008)
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Sam Riley (who plays Ian Curtis) and Alexandra Maria Lara (who played his lover Annik Honore) married in August 2008 and now live in Berlin See more »

Goofs

In Ian's bathroom medicine cabinet is a bottle of Tigabine an anti-epileptic not available till the 1990's. See more »

Quotes

John Cooper Clarke: The colour scheme is fuckin' brown Everywhere in chicken town, The fuckin' pubs are fuckin' dull The fuckin' clubs are fuckin' full of fuckin' girls and fuckin' guys with fuckin' murder in their eyes, A fuckin' bloke gets fuckin' stabbed waitin' for a fuckin' cab, You fuckin' stay at fuckin' home, The fuckin' neighbours fuckin' moan, Keep the fuckin' racket down This is fuckin' chicken town The fuckin' pies are fuckin' old, The fuckin' chips are fuckin' cold, The fuckin' beer is fuckin' flat, ...
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Connections

References On the Waterfront (1954) See more »

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Problems
(Live Version)
(John Lydon (as Johnny Lydon) / Glen Matlock / Steve Jones / Paul Cook)
Published by Warner Chappell Music Ltd
Performed by The Sex Pistols
Courtesy of Virgin Records Ltd and licensed courtesy of Sex Pistol Residuals for the USA and Canada
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Surprised that it was so good
5 October 2007 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I read the reviews of this film and decided it was worth a punt. I have to say that although I was in Manchester during the 1970s I was not a fan of Punk music. This film is beautifully made - almost like a 1950/60s kitchen sink film of the gritty north (there are worse places than Macclesfield, believe me!). I don't know Joy Divsion's work but the acting in this film by the major players was excellent. Sam Riley as Curtis is very very good as is Samantha Morton as his downtrodden wife. I thought the guy who played the manager was a bit OTT. What a shame that Tony Wilson died before this was released. My reaction to it was much like the one I had to Trainspotting. I was convinced that I wouldn't like it but came away feeling that this was a very important film. Even if you don't know Punk music or Joy Division - go along. Well worth it.


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