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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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Trivia

The real Johnny Rotten (John Lydon) dismissed this film as "mere fantasy... the Peter Pan version." See more »

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Set in the late 1970's, shows a 1985 Honda Civic in the background in the opening scenes with Sid and John. See more »

Quotes

Rock Head: [on an exercise bike] So, it appears we are related.
John: [drinking from a bottle of vodka - he burps] Eh?
Rock Head: The press. They're callin' me the "Big Daddy of Punk"
[he looks at Sid and Nancy kissing and groping on the bed]
Rock Head: Lovely couple.
John: Fuck you, Rock Head. What the fuck are you doin' here anyway? I think I'm gonna fuckin' puke!
[burps again]
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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 Nana: Love? Friendship? Nana and Shôji (2006) See more »

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Toe Kisser
Written and Performed by The Dynamiters
© Zenith Music 1986
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An Indie Surprise
2 February 2010 | by See all my reviews

Sid and Nancy is a movie about the tortured relationship between Sid Vicious and his whiny girlfriend, Nancy. Please, somebody turn down the volume on this one, simply because her voice is just too irritating on this critic's last nerve! (Did she really talk like that, or was Ms. Webb in serious need of a voice coach? We may never know.) Most of Sid and Nancy revolves around the two titled post-teen's attempt to maintain some semblance of a real relationship in the midst of a lot of drugs and self-induced violence. What stopped me from turning off this sad statement of a generation was the performance of Gary Oldman. His sneering imitation of Sid's contempt for almost everyone around him masked a touching vulnerability when it came to Nancy and – yep, even their pet kitty.

And I've got to give the truly unforgettable award to Sid and Nancy, based on one single cinematic moment in the film--- you know what that moment is, don't you? Yeppers - Sid belting out a searing rendition of Old Blue Eye's favorite, "My Way". Set against a backdrop of stairs (that call to mind every high school assembly), Oldman scratches and claws at this song with such a ferocious intensity I'd give him the gold statue right now.

Because that's what a cinematic moment really is, the sum total of the character, presented to the audience in a kernel of truth. Gary Oldman – an actor whose gold statuette is long overdue — captures the twin torments of a twisted teen that really just wants to be loved and doesn't know how to get past his own angry angst.


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