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A profile of Ian Curtis, the enigmatic singer of Joy Division whose personal, professional, and romantic troubles led him to commit suicide at the age of 23.

Director:

Anton Corbijn

Writers:

Deborah Curtis (book), Matt Greenhalgh (screenplay)
Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 31 wins & 34 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sam Riley ... Ian Curtis
Samantha Morton ... Debbie Curtis
Alexandra Maria Lara ... Annik Honore
Joe Anderson ... Peter Hook aka Hooky
James Anthony Pearson ... Bernard Sumner
Harry Treadaway ... Steve Morris
Craig Parkinson ... Tony Wilson
Toby Kebbell ... Rob Gretton
Andrew Sheridan ... Terry
Robert Shelly Robert Shelly ... Twinny
Richard Bremmer ... Mr. Curtis - Ian's Father
Tanya Myers Tanya Myers ... Ian's Mother
Martha Myers Lowe Martha Myers Lowe ... Ian's Sister (as Martha Myers-Lowe)
Matthew McNulty ... Nick
David Whittington David Whittington ... Chemistry Teacher
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Storyline

Ian Curtis is a quiet and rather sad lad who works for an employment agency and sings in a band called Warsaw. He meets a girl named Debbie whom he promptly marries and his band, of which the name in the meantime has been changed to Joy Division, gets more and more successful. Even though Debbie and he become parents, their relationship is going downhill rapidly and Ian starts an affair with Belgium Annik whom he met after one of the gigs and he's almost never at home. Ian also suffers from epilepsy and has no-good medication for it. He doesn't know how to handle the feelings he has for Debbie and Annik and the pressure the popularity of Joy Division and the energy performing costs him. Written by Marco van Hoof <k_luifje7@hotmail.com>

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and brief sexuality | See all certifications »

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Language:

English

Release Date:

26 September 2007 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Контроль See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

EUR4,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$27,674, 14 October 2007

Gross USA:

$872,252

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$8,159,508
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

James Anthony Pearson, who plays Bernard Sumner, learned to play guitar in two months for his role in the film. See more »

Goofs

Ian Curtis sits at home, watching the Werner Herzog film "Stroszek", opening a bottle of whiskey during a scene, where the mobile home of Stroszeks protagonists is auctioned off. In the next scene, presumably some time later, we see that Curtis is visibly intoxicated and that the bottle is almost empty. However, in "Stroszek" barely two minutes have gone by. See more »

Quotes

Ian Curtis: Existence. Well, what does it matter? I exist on the best terms I can. The past is now part of my future. The present is well out of hand.
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Connections

Featured in WatchMojoUK: Top 10 British Music Biopics (2019) See more »

Soundtracks

What Goes On
(Lou Reed)
Published by EMI Music Publishing Ltd
Performed by The Velvet Underground
Courtesy of Polydor Records (United States)
Under license from Universal Music Operations
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I was wrong for expecting more...
25 October 2007 | by levijatanaSee all my reviews

I won't be long. I am a huge fan of the band, and I stayed a little disappointed figuring out that the movie is mostly about Ian's sentimental life.

Romanticizing Curtis probably made a horde of new fans, but I think there must have been more depth in that person than the film showed.

Not to mention other characters that are so poorly given trough the movie it seemed a bit strange...

I did like some scenes, I still recommend the film, especially if it will make one a fan of Joy Division!

And please, do watch 24 hour party people...I was amazed by the character of T. Wilson who seemed like quite a prick in this film. In 24 hour party people Tony was described as a ludistic character capable of inventing quite a lot...


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