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The Filth and the Fury (2000)

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Release Date
 USA: Apr 14, 2000
 UK: 12 May 2000
DVD Release Date
 R1: Oct 10, 2000
 R2: 16 Jun 2003

MPAA Rating
Rated R for pervasive strong language, drugs and sexual content.

Running Time
1 hour, 48 minutes

Country USA, UK

Studio Film Four International, Jersey Shore Films, Nitrate Film Productions, Sex Pistols

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Genre: Documentary, Biography, Drugs

Tagline: A Sex Pistols film - uncut, unseen, unbelievable.

Plot: A documentary about the British punk rock band the Sex Pistols, THE FILTH AND THE FURY puts the band's story in the context of 1970s Britain. Depicted as a time when pop culture was clownish and sociopolitical divisions were exacerbated by hypocrisy in the government and angst among the people, the film mixes archival footage of 1970s television broadcasts and commercials with live footage of Sex Pistols concerts, interviews with the band, and animated excerpts from director Julien Temple's classic 1980 documentary, SEX PISTOLS: THE GREAT ROCK AND ROLL SWINDLE. This filmic collage also provides comic relief when the band's nihilistic mantra gets heavy. Which is not to say that the movie makes light of the Sex Pistols story. Its intelligent, reflective narration is given in current-day voice-overs from band members John Lydon (aka Johnny Rotten), Paul Cook, Steve Jones, Glen Matlock, and manager Malcolm McLaren. Also included are interviews with bassist Sid Vicious, who died of a heroin overdose in 1979. The film puts the British punk era into 21st-century perspective, hitting on everything from management discrepancies to "over-partying" to the how and why of the way the Sex Pistols wielded such enormous influence with their anti-establishment venom.

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 Directed by
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