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Punk: Attitude -- Redefining popular music and fashion, it threatened the establishment and legitimized an independent, do-it-yourself attitude. Punk inspired an entire generation of filmmakers, poets, photographers, fashion designers and graphic artists.


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4 July 2005 (USA) See more »
A documentary on the music, performers, attitude and distinctive look that made up punk rock. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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K.K. Barrett ... Himself
Roberta Bayley ... Herself
Jello Biafra ... Himself
Glenn Branca ... Musician, Composer
John Cale ... Himself
Bob Gruen ... Himself

Mary Harron ... Herself
John Holmstrom ... Himself

Chrissie Hynde ... Herself

Jim Jarmusch ... Himself
Darryl Jenifer ... Himself

David Johansen ... Himself
Mick Jones ... Himself

Wayne Kramer ... Himself
Glen Matlock ... Himself
Legs McNeil ... Himself
Thurston Moore ... Himself

Tommy Ramone ... Himself

Henry Rollins ... Himself
Captain Sensible ... Himself
Paul Simonon ... Himself
Siouxsie Sioux ... Herself
Pat Smear ... Himself

Poly Styrene ... Herself
Ari Up ... Herself

Directed by
Don Letts 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Don Letts 

Produced by
Alison Palmer Bourke .... executive producer: IFC
Allison Dore .... line producer
Anouk Fontaine .... producer
Julie Goldman .... executive producer: Cactus Three
Susan Heimbeinder .... supervising producer: IFC
Andrew Higgie .... executive producer
Pete Kalhan .... executive producer
Krysanne Katsoolis .... executive producer: Cactus Three
Dominic Saville .... executive producer
Henry Scott-Irvine .... archive producer
Evan Shapiro .... executive producer: IFC
Caroline Stevens .... executive producer: Cactus Three
Laura Traill .... executive producer: Metropolis
Lara von Ahlefeldt .... executive producer: 3DD
Cinematography by
Louis Mulvey 
Film Editing by
Steve Miller (off-line editor)
Makeup Department
Jo Frost .... make up
Production Management
Diana Hunter .... production manager: Los Angeles unit
Dan Snyder .... production manager: New York unit
Maggie Swinfen .... production manager
Sound Department
Nick Fry .... audio
Nick Fry .... dubbing mixer
Chris Reynolds .... sound recordist
Marc Stewart .... sound recordist: Los Angeles unit
Alex Sullivan .... sound recordist: New York unit
Visual Effects by
Barney Jordan .... effects
Camera and Electrical Department
Ken Morse .... rostrum
Editorial Department
Tim Ellison .... on-line editor
Merlin Hogarth .... assistant editor
Sonny Sheridan .... colourist
Music Department
Martyn LeNoble .... composer: songs "All Fall Down", "I Wanna" and "Tramp"
Other crew
Steve Blackwell .... runner
Sophie Evans .... publicist
Steve Gordon .... legal
Jess Gorick .... title sequence
Lisa Hernandez .... runner
Hazel Holtham .... production coordinator
Hazel Holtham .... researcher
Star Sawyer .... production coordinator: Los Angeles unit
Dan Snyder .... location manager: New York unit
Terence Dackombe .... very special thanks

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David Johansen:You know, rock and roll had become this just be-denimed kind of, drum solo kind of thing, and what we wanted to do was bring it down to three minutes and put that Little Richard drag on top of it. And that's what rock and roll was to us, you know. We were just trying to make rock and roll, you know.See more »
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Well done Don Letts, 19 October 2005
Author: adamblake77 from London, England

I watched this last night and was thoroughly hooked from the first moment to almost the very end. As someone old enough to remember walking down Portobello Road in the summer of 1976 and thinking "something really weird is going on", it was a marvellous exercise in nostalgia for ME, but I was wondering what a young person would make of it all. I think they would find it interesting but I don't know if they would necessarily understand just how revolutionary the whole thing was. It would have been good to have included some short clips of contemporary mainstream acts such as Abba, Yes, Fleetwood Mac etc just to provide some reference points for what Punk was rebelling against. As the man who virtually single-handedly introduced reggae to the punk scene, Letts is admirably modest about his own contribution but in a way it would have been more accurate if he had allowed his many interviewees to sing his praises a little more. I thought Chrissie Hynde was the most insightful (as usual) and the women in general gave more interesting interviews than the men. One aspect of Punk was that it was almost completely un-sexist and this was thoroughly recalled and explained. The more unsavoury aspects of Punk: the neo-fascism, the glorification of hard drugs, the violence - these were rather glossed over, I felt. The despicable inhumanity of the hardcore scene in the US in the early 80s was hardly mentioned, nor were the psychotic antics and subsequent suicide of G G Allin. Neither were the abominable Oi bands mentioned, with their extreme right-wing Nazi leanings. Although I can understand Lett's not wanting to give them any publicity, any history of Punk that fails to acknowledge the extremely dark places that some of it led to is incomplete. Although the film suffers from the usual shortcomings of music documentaries - ie. the vintage clips are too short and the interview clips are too long - as an attempt to celebrate the positive aspects of Punk it is completely successful. Too bad Johnny Rotten and Iggy Pop obviously refused to take part, or Lou Reed for that matter. Never mind. This is a very worthwhile film and anyone who is interested in the Punk phenomenon will find it fascinating.

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