Sid and Nancy is a movie directed by Alex Cox, filmed in 1986, about the life of John Simon Ritchie, better known as Sid Vicious , the bassist for Sex Pistols , one of the most famous bass players in history. Popular punk culture characters. Gary Oldman and Nancy Spangen starred Chloe Webb in the role of Viches.
|Sid and Nancy|
|Sid and nancy|
|Alexander Cox |
|In the main|
|Gary oldman |
|Film company||Initial Pictures, UK Productions Entity, Zenith Entertainment|
|Budget||4 million $|
|A country||Great Britain|
The film tells about the musicians of the 1970s , about punk rock, about the formation and collapse of the band "Sex Pistols". The protagonists are Sid Vicious, the bass player for Sex Pistols, and his girlfriend Nancy Sponge.
Having joined the Sex Pistols almost by accident, Sid Vicious was in the midst of the scandalous fame of the group and immediately became its most striking character, who had a weak knowledge of the bass guitar, but possessed the image of an ideal punk rocker. He tried to master the instrument, but his play was uneven and weak. Almost immediately after joining the group, Sid met Nancy Spangen, a drug addict who arrived in London from New York for the sole purpose of sleeping with Sex Pistols. From John and Steve she went to Sid, and he fell in love instantly. They settled in the apartment of the common friend Pamela Rook, not far from Buckingham Palace , where they were located on the same common mattress - in the dining room. Sid's two passions — toward Nancy and heroin — grew uncontrollably. Nancy is becoming a dangerous burden for the group. During the American Sex Pistols tour, in which the band completely refused to take Nancy with them, Sid became depressed. But after a long breakup, Sid and Nancy became even closer: they were now confronting the whole world, and nothing could separate them. They traveled around the world a lot and even stopped in New York to visit Nancy's relatives, but they took the couple negatively and kicked her out of their home. At the same time, the group decided that it would continue to work without Sid, as he burdened the whole group with his narcotic and alcohol addictions. Sid and Nancy, returning to England , lay at the bottom. This did not last long. On October 12, 1978, Nancy died for unknown reasons. One version of her death was that Sid killed her with a knife at her own request due to great love. The musician himself, due to heavy alcohol and drug intoxication, did not remember what happened and categorically denied his guilt.
The film is based on real events. The authors of the film literally convey the vocabulary, atmosphere and environment in which they lived and created Sex Pistols.
- Gary Oldman - Sid Vicious
- Chloe Webb - Nancy Sponge
- David Hayman - Malcolm McLaren
- Debbie Bishop - Phoebe
- Andrew Scofield - Johnny Rotten
- Xander Berkeley - Bower Snacks
- Perry Benson - Paul Cook
- Tony London - Steve Jones
- Courtney Love - Gretchen
- Anne Lambton - Linda
- Katie Burke - Brenda Windsor
- Julie St. Claire - Punkett
- Victoria Herwood - Hermion
Sid's mother Ann Beverly initially tried to oppose the filming of the film, but after meeting with director Alex Cox, she decided to help. She gave Oldman a metal chain with a lock , which Sid wore around his neck, during the filming.
To play the exhausted Vicious, Gary Oldman went on a strict diet and lost so much weight that he even once was hospitalized briefly due to exhaustion. The actor performed some songs in the film ( My Way , I Wanna Be Your Dog ) on his own.
Courtney Love went through the infamous audition, which was captured on video and in which she exclaimed: "I'm Nancy Sponge." Alex Cox was impressed by Courtney's trials, but said the film's sponsors insist on an experienced lead singer. Courtney was given the relatively minor role of Gretchen (a role specifically written by the director), one of Sid and Nancy's drug addicts in New York. Noteworthy is the fact that Courtney was married to Kurt Cobain , their story is somewhat similar to that of Sid and Nancy.
In a 2007 autobiography , Slash (Saul Hudson), the guitarist for Guns 'N' Roses , said that at the casting for the film, the director hired all five members of Guns 'N' Roses as an extras for the club scene, and they called them all separately. without notification that the whole group will be at the casting. Saul said: “We all came on the first day of the casting, seeing each other, we were perplexed, for example:“ Hello ... What are you doing here? ” However, Slash was the only one from the group who continued to participate in the filming.
Chloe Webb and Gary Oldman improvised a lot in the film, but the basis of their dialogues were interviews and other videos from Sid and Nancy. The knife scene, however, was based solely on conjecture. Cox told New Musical Express : “We wanted to make a film not only about Side Vishes and punk rock, but also about the fight against drugs, it was a statement to show the degradation that befell different people, not at all glamorous.”
Well-known musicians such as Iggy Pop , Circle Jerks and Edward Tudor-Paul from Tenpole Tudor participated in the filming of the film. The film features the original music of Pray for Rain , Joe Strummer and The Pogues .
The film was criticized in the United States for containing scenes of drug use, violence, sex, obscene language and a demonstration of a naked body.
The original title of the film was “Love Kills” (“Love Kills”).
The film received generally positive reviews from critics. Based on reviews compiled from various publications on the popular Rotten Tomatoes website, the film has an overall rating of 90%. Well-known American film critic Roger Ebert gave the movie “Sid and Nancy” four out of four in his column in The Chicago Sun-Times, writing that Cox and his team “performed a clever trick, creating a film full of noise and rage and telling in great detail history, as if from the very center of it ”   . In a subsequent article about Gary Oldman, Ebert described the movie Sid and Nancy as the punk movie Romeo and Juliet . 
Leslie Halliwell reacted negatively to the film: “I would say that some of the fragments are stimulating, but basically it's all disgusting. I agree that this film is an example of a social bottom that has been reduced. ” He also quoted lines from a review that appeared in Sight & Sound magazine: “This film is one great performance about drugs, humiliation and death, so solemnly presented that it is completely inconsistent with moral values.”
In his book, Sid Vicious - Rock and Roll Star, Malcolm Butt describes Webb, who played Spangen, as “intense, powerful, and most importantly, very believable.” According to Uncut Magazine (February 2007, issue number 117), Gary Oldman took 8th place in the ranking of "10 Best Actors in a Rockin 'Role." Oldman as Sid Vicious was described as "extremely sympathetic reading of the nominal punk chapter, as a lost and amazed adult child." And vice versa, Andrew Scofield took first place in the ranking of "10 worst members of Rockin 'roles", playing Johnny Rotten as "completely different in appearance and behavior in the sump." Some critics did not like the way Johnny was portrayed on the screen: “People have a misconception about Rotten - in this film by Alex Cox, he looks like a moron. He is angry with him, as a result of which he looks like an idiot ... John has a fantastic wit, not a black sense of humor. "
John Lydon's Reaction
John Lydon , better known as vocalist for Sex Pistols , Johnny Rotten, commented on the 1994 film Rotten: Irish, Blacks, and Dogs: No Entry:
|I can’t understand how it was possible to take such a film as Sid and Nancy, and not even talk to me. Alex Cox did not. As sources - whom only he did not use. Joe Strummer? This The Clash singer with a womb? How the hell did he know about Side and Nancy? Probably just no one else could be found. There was a moment when Alex Cox tried to attract me and sent the guy who played me to me in New York. This actor said he would like to discuss the script. I stayed there for two days and during this time I only learned from him that the film was already completed. Everything was a complete fiction. A ruse to use my name in connection with the film as support.|
For me, this film is the lowest that nature is capable of. I sincerely believe that he glorifies heroin addiction. This glorification is definitely noticeable in the finale when this stupid taxi soars into the sky. Nonsense.
John Lydon, 1994 
However, it is worth noting that Strummer only met with Alex Cox for the first time after completing the film, aside. The couple’s meeting involved a discussion on the soundtrack for the film, rather than the script of the film. It is important to remember that Lydon merely made an assumption.
In a later interview, Rotten was asked the question: “Is anything true in the film?” To which he replied: “Perhaps the name of Sid.” Alex Cox claimed that Johnny's hatred of the movie was understandable given that it was based on an incident with his life and centered around one of his friends. The other members of the group were much less outspoken about the movie than Rotten, although he claimed that Paul Cook was more upset about the film than he was.
The official collection of soundtracks does not contain the song Sex Pistols or Sid Vicious. However, Gary Oldman performed several songs with the arrangement that Sid used at his concerts.
|Love Kills (Title Track)||Joe strummer|
|"Pleasure and Pain"||Steve jones|
|"Chinese Choppers"||Pray for rain|
|"Love Kills"||Circle jerks|
|"Off the Boat"||Pray for rain|
|"Dum Dum Club"||Joe strummer|
|"Burning Room"||Pray for rain|
|"She Never Took No for an Answer"||John cale|
|"I Wanna Be Your Dog"||Gary oldman|
|" My way "||Gary oldman|
|"Taxi to Heaven"||Pray for rain|
Awards and nominations
- 1986 Sao Paulo Film Festival
- Critics Prize - Alex Cox
- 1987 BAFTA Award
- Best Makeup - Peter Frampton
- Sid & Nancy . rogerebert.suntimes.com. Date of treatment August 1, 2010. Archived on August 28, 2011. - ... Pull off the neat trick of creating a movie full of noise and fury, and telling a meticulous story right in the middle of it .
- Roger Ebert's Four Star Movie Guide by Roger Ebert. (1988, Andrews & McMeel) p. 280.
- Roger Ebert . - Roger Ebert's Four Star Movie Guide. 1988, Andrews & McMeel, p. 383.
- Rotten: No Irish, No Blacks, No Dogs by John Lydon, with Keith and Kent Zimmerman. (1994, Hodder & Staughton Ltd) pp. 150-151.