Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll (2010)

 |  Biography, Drama, Music  |  5 May 2010 (USA)
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A biography of Ian Dury, who was stricken with polio at a young age and defied expectations by becoming one of the founders of the punk-rock scene in Britain in the 1970s.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Chaz Jankel
Clifford Samuel ...
Charlie Charles
Joseph Kennedy ...
Davey Payne
James Jagger ...
John Turnbull (as Jimmy Jagger)
Shakraj Soornack ...
Norman Watt-Roy
Russell Hardy
Betty Dury
Kilburns' Drummer
Julian Cox ...
Kilburns' Bass
Nick Rowson ...
Kilburns' Guitar
Wesley Nelson ...
Young Ian Dury
Ross Boatman ...
Pub Landlord
Msimisi Dlamini ...
Kilburns' Drums


Flamboyant entertainer Ian Dury, backed by the Blockheads, takes to the stage, explaining to his audience how, as a child, he contracted polio from a swimming pool and attended a special needs school where he was bullied, particularly by orderly Hargreaves, a fact which shaped his tough and frequently iconoclastic approach to life, culminating in his controversial contribution to the Year of the Disabled. From his early days with Kilburn and the High Roads, playing seedy pubs with no dressing rooms Ian moves onto chart success with the Blockheads, collaborating with musician Chaz Jankel. His private life is complicated as, separated from the tolerant Betty with whom he remains friends but refuses to divorce for many years, he lives with the much younger Denise along with his adored son Baxter, who will himself become a performer. Ian dies in 2000, having packed an enormous amount of living into a comparatively short life. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Release Date:

5 May 2010 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Секс, наркотики и рок-н-ролл  »

Box Office


£2,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£173,831 (UK) (8 January 2010)


£427,956 (UK) (15 January 2010)

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Filmed around Egham and Watford between April-June 2009. See more »


In the Kilburns' pub gig towards the start of the film (in the early 70s), the drummer is playing Sabian cymbals (a Sabian logo is clearly visible when the audience start throwing toilet rolls). The Sabian cymbal company didn't exist until 1981. See more »


Featured in Angela and Friends: Episode #1.39 (2010) See more »


Music by Simon Stewart
De Wolfe Music Ltd
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Serkis is no Blockhead!!!
12 January 2010 | by (Scotland) – See all my reviews

The magnetic performance of Andy Serkis is reason alone to watch this film! Masterly performance! The film itself held my interest throughout... but having bought Dury's stuff on 7" vinyl when it came out, I had a vested interest!!! People unfamiliar with the man and his music might struggle to last the pace.

I would have liked the movie to have paid more attention to the great chart success the man had... rather than just fast forwarding to the ensuing self-destruct mode of fame!!! Missed opportunity... one could indeed say What a Waste!!! Interested in British music history... success over adversity... controversy... go and see it. A fan of Dury and the Blockheads... go and pay homage.

Might have been better... but still a great tribute to a great artiste, and well worth a view!

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