Final 24: Season 1, Episode 1

Sid Vicious (2007)

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Join us as we delve into his past to uncover the series of events that led to Sid's death and reveal for the first time a shocking revelation that sheds new light on his last day.

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Join us as we delve into his past to uncover the series of events that led to Sid's death and reveal for the first time a shocking revelation that sheds new light on his last day.

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The one that gave life took it away
26 November 2008 | by (England) – See all my reviews

This is a surprisingly intriguing and troubling piece of pulp television. It deals, in interviews, old documentary footage and re-enactments, with the final 24 hours in the life of Sex Pistol Sid Vicious. It carefully if briefly tells the story of his life, his involvement with the Pistols and Nancy Spungeon, her death and then Sid's own demise. The film then makes the shocking claim that Sid's Mum, Anne Ritchie, killed her son with a deliberate fatal overdose, to prevent him having to spend the rest of his life in prison over Nancy's death (he was out on bail). This claim is backed up by interviews with the first cop on the scene at Sid's death (who claims that it was incontrovertible that Anne did it, but there were no witnesses so it could never have stood up in court) and a man who was present when Anne made a death-bed confession of her deed.

There's something deeply sad and tragic about this story of the junkie Mum who both gave and took life from her child - the sadness comes over despite the lurid tabloid feel of much of the film.

That's the surprise revelation. The other surprise is that the re-enactments are completely compelling, and offer a far more realistic and harrowing look at Sid near the end than Alex Cox's Sid and Nancy managed. The actor who plays Sid is miles better than Gary Oldman - it would be interesting to know who he is. The rest of the cast feel like authentic rock hangers-on and junkies; oddly, the actress playing Anne Ritchie looks a little like Blanche, Deirdre's Mum out of Coronation Street.

I think the documentary is available on YouTube. Well worth tracking down for fans of punk, anyone interested in junkie biography and Sid fanatics.


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