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Sid and Nancy (1986)

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The relationship between Sid Vicious, bassist for British punk group Sex Pistols, and his girlfriend Nancy Spungen is portrayed.

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Alex Cox

Writers:

Alex Cox (screenplay), Abbe Wool (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Gary Oldman ... Sid Vicious
Chloe Webb ... Nancy Spungen
David Hayman ... Malcolm
Debby Bishop Debby Bishop ... Phoebe
Andrew Schofield ... John
Xander Berkeley ... Bowery Snax
Perry Benson Perry Benson ... Paul
Tony London Tony London ... Steve
Sandy Baron ... Hotelier - U.S.A.
Sy Richardson ... Methadone Caseworker
Edward Tudor-Pole ... Hotelier - U.K.
Biff Yeager ... Detective
Courtney Love ... Gretchen
Rusty Blitz Rusty Blitz ... Reporter
John Spacely John Spacely ... Chelsea Resident
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Storyline

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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Official Sites:

Alex Cox

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 November 1986 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Sid and Nancy: Love Kills See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$4,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$2,826,523
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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In 1980, Alex Cox wrote a screenplay about an American detective hired to find a rich girl who ran off with an English bassist. It was a fictional story inspired by Sid Vicious and Nancy Spungen, adorned with references to current political events in England that, in Cox's view, "guaranteed it would never be made into a film." He put it away and did other things-like Repo Man (1984). See more »

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When the Sex Pistols are playing live in the boat you can clearly hear a bass guitar, but Sid is in the toilet getting it on with Nancy. See more »

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An Indie Surprise
2 February 2010 | by OutsideHollywoodLandSee 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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