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Control (2007)

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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 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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Biography | Drama | Music

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Trivia

The introduction that Tony Wilson gives the band as they're about to perform on Granada television is almost word for word taken from the actual broadcast. The song they play in the film is "Transmission", when in actuality they performed "Shadowplay" on Granada. They did perform "Transmission" live on TV but it was on the BBC without an introduction by Wilson, but instead a toned-down version of the poem used to introduce them at a gig in the film. See more »

Goofs

On the contract signed in Tony's blood, drummer Stephen Morris' name is spelled Steven. (The band mocks Tony's lightheadedness from the blood loss by falsely telling him that "Morris" needs to have a second "s" added, but no mention is made of the misspelling of his first name.) See more »

Quotes

Ian Curtis: [handing Tony Wilson a piece of paper] Joy Division, you cunt!
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Connections

References Apocalypse Now (1979) See more »

Soundtracks

No Love Lost
(Ian Curtis / Peter Hook / Stephen Morris / Bernard Sumner)
Published by Zomba Music Publishers Limited
Performed by Joy Division
Courtesy of London Records (90) Ltd, A Division of Warner Music UK Ltd
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Surprised that it was so good
5 October 2007 | by i-burgess1See all my reviews

I read the reviews of this film and decided it was worth a punt. I have to say that although I was in Manchester during the 1970s I was not a fan of Punk music. This film is beautifully made - almost like a 1950/60s kitchen sink film of the gritty north (there are worse places than Macclesfield, believe me!). I don't know Joy Divsion's work but the acting in this film by the major players was excellent. Sam Riley as Curtis is very very good as is Samantha Morton as his downtrodden wife. I thought the guy who played the manager was a bit OTT. What a shame that Tony Wilson died before this was released. My reaction to it was much like the one I had to Trainspotting. I was convinced that I wouldn't like it but came away feeling that this was a very important film. Even if you don't know Punk music or Joy Division - go along. Well worth it.


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Language:

English

Release Date:

26 September 2007 (France) 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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Dolby Digital

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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