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Sid and Nancy (1986)

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The relationship between Sid Vicious, bassist for British punk group The Sex Pistols, and his girlfriend Nancy Spungen is portrayed.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Sid Vicious
... Nancy Spungen
... Malcolm
Debby Bishop ... Phoebe
... John
... Bowery Snax
Perry Benson ... Paul
Tony London ... Steve
... Hotelier - U.S.A.
... Methadone Caseworker
... Hotelier - U.K.
... Detective
... Gretchen
Rusty Blitz ... Reporter
John Spacely ... Chelsea Resident
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Morbid biographical story of Sid Vicious, bassist with British punk group the Sex Pistols, and his girlfriend Nancy Spungen. When the Sex Pistols break up after their fateful US tour, Vicious attempts a solo career while in the grip of heroin addiction. One morning, Nancy is found stabbed to death and Sid is arrested for her murder. Written by Alexander Lum <aj_lum@postoffice. utas.edu. au>

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Love kills


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7 November 1986 (USA)  »

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Sid and Nancy: Love Kills  »

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$4,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$2,826,523
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Alex Cox offered Gary Oldman the part of Sid Vicious after seeing him play the lead role of Scopey in a 1984 production of Edward Bond's The Pope's Wedding. See more »

Goofs

When Sid is at a bar in New York, he sees a television showing his ex-bandmate Johnny Rotten/Lydon being interviewed by Tom Snyder on Tomorrow Coast to Coast. This interview between Lydon and Snyder did not air until June 25, 1980 - nearly 18 months after Sid had died from a heroin overdose. See more »

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Sid: If it weren't for me mum's kindness, we'd be on the fucking streets!
Nancy: Yeah? And if it weren't for your own stupidity, we'd be living in our own apartment in Paris, France!
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Crazy Credits

"And introducing the young Cat Vicious in the role of Smoky, Sid and Nancy's child." See more »

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Referenced in 18 to Life: Detour (2010) See more »

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Garbage Kills
Written by Dan Wool (as Dan Wül)
Performed by Dan Wool
© Zenith Music 1986
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Sid and Nancy (1986) , honest look at self destruction.
4 March 2008 | by See all my reviews

Finally upgraded from VHS to the special edition DVD of this Alex Cox film about the ill fated Sid Vicious & his honey Nancy Spungen.

Watched it twice in fact , just had to hear the commentary from Cox because he is a director who I admire for trying to tap into the conscious of the subject he tackles.

As an old punk myself it would be easy for me to be biased and lean with a nostalgic slant with the film, but truth is this film doesn't glamorise the duo because they are portrayed as the pathetic self destructive couple they were. The film perfectly captures the time frame of what is indisputably the music and cultural phenomenon known as Punk Rock, the only blight on this great piece of work is the ending, which as Cox agrees is far too romanticised after the harshness the viewer has just sat thru. Yet this film ranks as one of the most honest and frank music biography movies out on the market, and I urge anyone who stays away from it because of an aversion to Punk and it's offshoots to seek it out ASAP.

The acting from Gary Oldman & Chloe Webb is nothing short of amazing, the photography from Roger Deakins is very impressive......

...witness a scene as Vicious leaves a New Jersey prison and walks across a deserted scrap heap with New York prominent in the background, the twin towers cloaked in cloud . The direction is smart, funny, and handled perfectly {till that ending }, and the music arrangement is done adroitly by all involved, but I have to say that viewing it now and hearing Joe Strummer sing Love Kills at the closing credits gives me an added emotional kicker {SO YES A LITTLE BIAS HERE FROM ME }.

8/10


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