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The Filth and the Fury (2000)

A film about the career of the notorious punk rock band, the Sex Pistols.

Director:

Julien Temple

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Cast

Credited cast:
Paul Cook ... Himself
Steve Jones ... Himself
John Lydon ... Himself (as Johnny Rotten)
Glen Matlock ... Himself
Sid Vicious ... Himself (archive footage)
Malcolm McLaren ... Himself
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
David Bowie ... Himself (archive footage)
Alice Cooper ... Himself (archive footage)
Stewart Copeland ... Himself (archive footage)
Ronnie Corbett ... Himself (archive footage)
Bryan Ferry ... Himself (archive footage)
Stephen Fisher Stephen Fisher ... Himself (Sex Pistols' lawyer) (archive footage)
Alice Fox Alice Fox ... Woman in crowd (voice)
Bill Grundy Bill Grundy ... Himself (archive footage)
Eric Hall Eric Hall ... Himself (as Eric 'Monster' Hall)
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Storyline

A documentary about the punk band The Sex Pistols. The film tries to lighten some of the backgrounds of their way through the punk era while telling the story of the band from zero back to zero. Features lots of interviews and comments of folks who were involved. Written by Oliver Heidelbach

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A Sex Pistols film - uncut, unseen, unbelievable.


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for pervasive strong language, drugs and sexual content | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 May 2000 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

I goiteia tis orgis See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$13,305, 2 April 2000, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$606,643, 16 July 2000
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Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Quotes

John Lydon: [remembering Glen Matlock] If you talk like an arsehole, and look like and arsehole, then you're an arsehole.
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Features Rock Concert (1973) See more »

Soundtracks

Let's Have A Ride On Your Bicycle
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Revisit Anarchy in the UK
8 April 2004 | by RobertF87See all my reviews

This film is a documentary about one of the most influential (certainly one of the most controversial) bands in music history: The Sex Pistols.

During their brief career, the Sex Pistols defined the genre of music called Punk Rock. The film details the situation in Britain at the end of the 1970s, where widespread dissatisfaction and alienation, combined with a very dull music scene, helped fuel the anger and craziness of Punk, which, according to John Lydon (aka Johnny Rotten), gave a voice to people who previously didn't have a voice.

The film is a collection of present day interviews with the surviving members of the band (given in silhouette, for some reason), archive footage from concerts and TV appearances, vintage movie clips (notably Laurence Olivier as Richard the Third) and surreal animation.

The film mostly sidelines the Pistols' notoriously self-aggrandising manager Malcolm McLaran to concentrate on the band members themselves. The movie gives a good insight into an often quite disturbing world and a scene that was truly anarchic and exciting, whether you were a fan or not. There are also moments of genuine sadness, for example when Lydon talks about his friend, the late Sid Vicious.

This is recommended to anyone interested in popular music, or anyone who wants to see what real Punk was all about.


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