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Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll (2010)

TV-MA | | Biography, Drama, Music | 5 May 2010 (USA)
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A biography of Ian Dury, who was stricken with polio at a young age and defied expectations by becoming one of the founders of the punk-rock scene in Britain in the 1970s.

Director:

Mat Whitecross

Writer:

Paul Viragh
Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 1 win & 5 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Andy Serkis ... Ian Dury
Tom Hughes ... Chaz Jankel
Clifford Samuel ... Charlie Charles
Joseph Kennedy ... Davey Payne
Arthur Darvill ... Mick Gallagher
James Jagger ... John Turnbull (as Jimmy Jagger)
Shakraj Soornack Shakraj Soornack ... Norman Watt-Roy
Mackenzie Crook ... Russell Hardy
Olivia Williams ... Betty Dury
Sam Spruell ... Kilburns' Drummer
Julian Cox Julian Cox ... Kilburns' Bass
Nick Rowson Nick Rowson ... Kilburns' Guitar
Wesley Nelson Wesley Nelson ... Young Ian Dury
Ross Boatman Ross Boatman ... Pub Landlord
Msimisi Dlamini Msimisi Dlamini ... Kilburns' Drums
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Flamboyant entertainer Ian Dury, backed by the Blockheads, takes to the stage, explaining to his audience how, as a child, he contracted polio from a swimming pool and attended a special needs school where he was bullied, particularly by orderly Hargreaves, a fact which shaped his tough and frequently iconoclastic approach to life, culminating in his controversial contribution to the Year of the Disabled. From his early days with Kilburn and the High Roads, playing seedy pubs with no dressing rooms Ian moves onto chart success with the Blockheads, collaborating with musician Chaz Jankel. His private life is complicated as, separated from the tolerant Betty with whom he remains friends but refuses to divorce for many years, he lives with the much younger Denise along with his adored son Baxter, who will himself become a performer. Ian dies in 2000, having packed an enormous amount of living into a comparatively short life. Written by don @ minifie-1

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The wild rock and roll journey of the legendary Ian Dury See more »

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Biography | Drama | Music

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Trivia

Sir Peter Blake designed the type used in the title sequence and the first part of the end credits. Blake, who designed the cover of "Sergeant Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" and other albums, was Ian Dury's tutor at the Royal College of Art in the 60s. He also designed the cover for Ian Dury tribute album, "Brand New Boots and Panties". See more »

Goofs

When Baxter discards the Stretch Hulk birthday present from his Dad in the bin, you can clearly see that it is a standard action figure, and not a 'stretch' toy. See more »

Quotes

Ian Dury: It's not the size of the dog in the fight, it's the size of the fight in the dog...
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Crazy Credits

A title card reading "End Credits" appears onscreen before the end credits begin. See more »


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Fell For You
(uncredited)
Music by Sir Bald
De Wolfe Music Ltd
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Do people really throw plates?
17 July 2011 | by beresfordjdSee all my reviews

In one scene Olivia Williams (as Dury's wife) throws plates at Andy Serkis(Dury) in a domestic argument - typically of this film it seemed stilted and unreal. That said Andy Serkis is terrific as Dury, as I expected. Naomi Harris is hot and a damned good actress to boot. The style of the film rather gets in the way of a coherent narrative and is ultimately unsatisfying. The Blockhead's music is always worth hearing and I would have liked more band performance on screen as that is what made Dury great. It is to the movie's credit that Ian Dury is seen warts and all, like most rock stars he was a complex and difficult man at the best of times. This film was not quite what I expected it to be and therefore overall I was disappointed in the final result.


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Country:

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Language:

English

Release Date:

5 May 2010 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Sexo, drogas y rock'n roll See more »

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Budget:

GBP2,000,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,038,699
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1.85 : 1
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