A rather incoherent post-breakup Sex Pistols "documentary", told from the point of view of Pistols manager Malcolm McLaren, whose (arguable) position is that the Sex Pistols in particular and punk rock in general were an elaborate scam perpetrated by him in order to make "a million pounds." Silly and hard to follow at times, but worth seeing for some excellent Pistols concert footage, some wickedly amusing animated sequences, and Sid Vicious' eerily prophetic performance of "My Way."
The staggering story of the group who wrung the neck of rock 'n' roll
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Also Known As:
Het grote Rock 'n Roll schandaal
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Aspect Ratio: 1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?
To receive an 'X' certificate the BBFC required cuts to the final print. Full-frontal shots of Judy Croll
(playing Soo Catwoman) in Malcolm McLaren
's bathroom were optically enhanced to remove images of her lower regions (banned under the Protection of Children Act) and a long shot of her was cut by adding black panties to cover up the offending area. The scene was also cut by removing shots of Steve Jones
' genitals during the sex scene with the Brazilian girl and Mary Millington
's visible pubic area in her sex scene with Jones. A shot of Sid Vicious
waving a flick-knife was moved back into the sequence to avoid equating sex with violence. The BBFC also demanded the inclusion of newspaper headline footage referring to the deaths of Vicious and Nancy Spungen
. All later releases feature this same print. See more
Towards the end of Sid Vicious' Punk rendition of Paul Anka/Frank Sinatra's "My Way", he pulls a revolver out of his pocket and starts shooting at the audience. He fires eight shots, which is more bullets than a revolver can hold. See more
We're better than anyone, ain't we? Except for The Eagles; The Eagles are better than us.
Referenced in Sid and Nancy