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4 July 2005 (USA) See more »
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A documentary on the music, performers, attitude and distinctive look that made up punk rock. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

 

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 
 
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(in alphabetical order)
Don Letts 

Produced by
Alison Palmer Bourke .... executive producer
Allison Dore .... line producer
Julie Goldman .... executive producer
Andrew Higgie .... executive producer
Pete Kalhan .... executive producer
Krysanne Katsoolis .... executive producer
Dominic Saville .... executive producer
Henry Scott-Irvine .... archival producer
Evan Shapiro .... executive producer
Caroline Stevens .... executive producer
Lara von Ahlefeldt .... co-executive producer
 
Cinematography by
Louis Mulvey 
 
Film Editing by
Steve Miller 
 
Sound Department
Nick Fry .... dubbing mixer
 
Music Department
Martyn LeNoble .... composer: songs "All Fall Down", "I Wanna" and "Tramp"
 
Other crew
Sophie Evans .... publicist
Steve Gordon .... legal
 
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Terence Dackombe .... very special thanks
 

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Tommy Ramone:What happened, though, was that because we were playing so fast, the three-minute songs became one-and-a-half-minute songs.See more »
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Referenced in Rewind This! (2013)See more »

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7 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
The roots a radical., 9 May 2010
Author: JohnRouseMerriottChard from United Kingdom

Punk: Attitude is a documentary directed by Don Letts. An important figure in the punk explosion in England circa 1976, Letts has always held the subject of punk rock close to his heart. Here he explores the "punk" revolution, its roots and its impact on modern rock music. The cast features the likes of David Johansen, Thurston Moore, Tommy Ramone, Chrissie Hynde, Henry Rollins, Captain Sensible, Jim Jarmusch, Mick Jones, Jello Biafra, Howard Devoto and Glen Matlock. To name but a few!

As the title suggests, this is about the attitude that is essential to the make up of the punk rock genre. This is not a film that is telling you lies about its time-lines or an attempt to ensure the viewers know how important punk was in the pantheon of music. It's refreshingly honest, in fact what is the most striking thing about Letts' movie is that this is no stroll down a rose tinted glassy memory lane. For sure there's warmth in recollections from many of the big shakers, while some of the old footage clips of the bands are sure to stir strong emotions in fans, but nobody is trying to hide the genre limitations of punk. Letts threads it nicely as a triple bill of birth, death and revival. Starting out with an attitude nod of acknowledgement to Jerry Lee Lewis and other more daring 50s & 60s acts, the film starts gaining its worth with some well spent time in the company of The New York Dolls, Velvet Undeground, MC5 and of course Iggy Pop & his Stooges. The influence of such luminaries of course comes as no surprise to any old punker such as I, but for new parties interested in punk this serves as an essential piece of film.

Into the mid 70s where of course things got serious and both America and England witnessed what in all essence was "thee" punk rock explosion. Again the principals don't hold back, telling it as it was and even debunking some myths. There's even some resentment in there, but Letts is canny enough to not let this become another boorish America Vs England who started punk section of his film. He also widens the scope to involve many artists who never get a look in when the topic is covered on the page or on the screen. Rest assured this is not a Sex Pistols, Clash, Damned and Ramones retread overkill, time is rightly afforded to Poly Styrene (X Ray Spex), Howard Devoto & Pete Shelley (The Buzzcocks), Siouxsie Sioux (Siouxsie & The Banshees) & Ari Up (The Slits). Important movers with important and interesting things to say. And so it proves as the story arc moves forward to post 70s punk; New Wave/ No Wave, Hardcore et al, all given thought and time with the likes of Henry Rollins (Black Flag), Jello Biafra (Dead Kennedys) and Thurston Moore (Sonic Youth), who not only link the narrative, but expand it further too.

Obviously in a film such as this it's inevitable that not every genre fan will be happy. For every ten bands featured, there is another twenty bands who many will believe should have been put in for acknowledgement and opinion. As is the case for some of the offshoots of punk such as the Oi! movement or the British second and third waves that encompassed street and speed punk. In truth the 80s does get a little passed over due to the time afforded the 70s, but that's forgivable surely since that was the prominent time and the time when music got a kick up the backside. Besides which, to cover everything appertaining to punk we would need a film of Lord Of The Rings Trilogy type excess! 8/10

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