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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars surprisingly good
i sat down to watch this film expecting to be disgusted and bored after all the cutting reviews i have read on it. but it blew me away. oldman and webb are incredibly convincing and the script and plotlines smoothly pan out to reveal a surprisingly tender love beneath the squalor and the drugs. i recommend that you watch the film with an open mind and decide for...
Published on 31 Oct 2001 by heathereholiday@aol.com

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3.0 out of 5 stars Drugs and Drugs and Rock and Roll. (oh. and Drugs)
First and foremost this is NOT a historically accurate portrayal of the Pistols career. It was never meant to be.Everything, literally everything that happens in this movie is there only to provide context for the doomed love story of the two main characters.The number of inaccuracies run into dozens, from the portrayal of Rotten as uncultured buffoon (he was anything...
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars surprisingly good, 31 Oct 2001
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This review is from: Sid And Nancy [VHS] (VHS Tape)
i sat down to watch this film expecting to be disgusted and bored after all the cutting reviews i have read on it. but it blew me away. oldman and webb are incredibly convincing and the script and plotlines smoothly pan out to reveal a surprisingly tender love beneath the squalor and the drugs. i recommend that you watch the film with an open mind and decide for yourselves whether they were wasters as some people have described them or just terribly lonely and misguided people...
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It'll make you quote it every day for the rest of your life., 22 April 2000
This review is from: Sid And Nancy [VHS] (VHS Tape)
The story of Sid and nancy is ultimately one of tragedy but Alex Cox presents it in a way that leads to some acceptance for their fans. The film is hilarious in parts at the beginning but as Sid's world spirals downwards into depths of sickness and heroin the audience plunges with the couple. Gary Oldman portrays the vulnerability of Sid perfectly, whilst Chloe webb manages to balance the little girl side of nancy with the image that the media usually portray her with. Despite the squalor, Sid and nancy contains the most romantic sex scene and their love will move you more then any typical romantic comedy could. Every scene is structured perfectly, the falling rubbish symbolising their increasing isolation, the fire representing their loss of reality. I expected to cry whihc i hate but the actors drag you into the hotel room with them make you see why they died. I cannot express the true excellence of this film, not within 1000 words you have to watch it.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars punk romeo and juliet, 31 Jan 2004
This review is from: Sid And Nancy [DVD] (DVD)
even if you werent a fan of the Sex Pistols then this would still make you laugh, cry, think, and see what actually happened in the punk era before we had pop idol. Gary Oldman plays a great Sid, and Chloe Web a nauseating Nancy! Also tells the story of the bands demise, and it gets quite dark near the end when the troubled lovers are in America. You will learn something from this.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Drugs and Drugs and Rock and Roll. (oh. and Drugs), 20 April 2012
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First and foremost this is NOT a historically accurate portrayal of the Pistols career. It was never meant to be.Everything, literally everything that happens in this movie is there only to provide context for the doomed love story of the two main characters.The number of inaccuracies run into dozens, from the portrayal of Rotten as uncultured buffoon (he was anything but) to the creation of "Rockhead" who as far as I am aware played absolutely no part in the proceedings as he didn't actually exist.The other Pistols were treated as bit part players in all respects (no-one even bothered to get anyone who looked or sounded like them)I did like David Haymans Malcolm McLaren though- well scripted, well played.The point of the movie is the all encompassing mutually destructive interdependancy- in all senses - of the two protagonists. Their descent into hell, against a backdrop of ridiculous fame and notoriety. Their eventual surrender to a drug which excludes and obliterates anything but slavish devotion to itself.

The movie certainly achieves its aim of portraying Sid and Nancy as hopelessly devoted to each other and the drugs.The focus shifts away from the disintegrating punk scene, via a stuttering attempt at a solo career towards a relentless personal battle that was only ever to have one outcome.Gary Oldman is really rather good at capturing some of the shambolic nihilism of Sid, whereas Chloe Webb makes Nancy a totally unsympathetic character it is so easy to despise.

Whether the final fight that ended in her death is anything like the movie portrayal we will never know. I'm guessing that the scene was fanciful at best and just completely invented at worst.What matters with this scene, as with the whole movie is that it is a take on what may have happened. It isn't supposed to be a documentary. It is pretty good for what it is.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars as good as it ever was, 9 Jan 2012
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i remember catching this on tv years ago but unlike so many other films , this has really stood the test of time . One of the few Oldman performances when he doesnt go too far , Chloe Webb is great as the terrible but captivating Nancy . I loved seeing a pre fame and surgery Courtney love in all her really puppy fat . Great capturing of the music from the pogues and Joe Strummer , oh and of course lots of spitting . A great film for a saturday night in, when you open a bottle of wine and realise how sensible your life actually is .
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Both Comedy and Tragedy at their best, 24 July 2007
This is an absolute essential for any rock music fan. Alex Cox captures perfectly the exuberance of the punk scene in the first half of the film, and cleverly juxtaposes it with an unglamorous portrayal of heroin addiction in the second half of the film; Gary Oldman and Chloe Webb are utterly convincing as the ill-fated lovers, and the script is a goldmine of unforgettable one-liners.

In response to the request for help, the Special Features are as follows:

Audio Commentary By Director Alex Cox
Love Kills - The Making Of Sid And Nancy
Extended Interview With Director Alex Cox
Theatrical Trailer
Photo Gallery
Widescreen 1.85:1 Anamorphic
Dolby Digital 5.1
Languages - English
Subtitles - English
Region 2 / PAL / Colour
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars sid and nancy, 15 July 2009
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well worth watching if you are intererested in british music
history. not the greatest film you will ever see, but as a slice
of social history, great.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Gives you hell, 9 Jun 2005
This review is from: Sid And Nancy [DVD] (DVD)
Sid and Nancy depicts the morbidly fascinating story of the tragic love between the Sex Pistols bassist, Sid Vicious and his American girlfriend, Nancy Spungen. The film is set in the peak of the British punk era, and aside from the story at the centre of the tale; the film makes the best of it's surroundings. Depicting numerous controversial incidents, director Alex Cox puts us firmly in the centre of this era. The location choices of seedy bars and even seedier lodgings help to give the film a downtrodden "I don't care" sort of feel, and this compliments the love story excellently. The love story itself isn't your conventional boy meets girl romance, as the two parties are clearly high on drugs throughout most of the film and there isn't a lot of the touching side of romance on display. However, as the band at the core of this film were keen to stick two fingers up at conventions, the film does the same for the common love story. The scenes that see Nancy take her love home to her grandparent's house show this best, and are skilfully done, and are funny in an absurd, hellish sort of a way.
The acting is fabulous, particularly from the male side of the two leads. Gary Oldman gives a stunning performance as the punk rocker Sid Vicious, perfectly capturing both the uncaring punk side of the man, and also the deeper, darker side of his personality. Chloe Webb isn't quite his equal, however; as although her performance as the highly strung American broad isn't bad by a long shot; she has a tendency to get very annoying at times, which takes some credibility away from her performance. Throughout, the film is like a car wreck; despite the hellishness of the events that unfold, the film remains interesting and it is nigh on impossible to take your eyes away from what's befalling the lead characters. Alex Cox's scene staging is really well done, and several sequences will stay with you long after the film is over. The aforementioned dinner scene, which also doubles up as my favourite scene in the movie, is one; while Vicious' rendition of Frank Sinatra's "My Way" marks another. On the whole, while this isn't one of the truly great love stories that cinema has produced, it's a very good one; and you don't have to be a fan of the Sex Pistols to think so.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Sid & Nancy great but Johnny's Rotten, 17 May 2005
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Gary Oldman & Chloe Webb give stunning performances as the tragic couple in a film that is surely the best advert ever for just saying No!While Oldman & Webb shine in their respective roles that cannot be said for the rest of the cast.The actors picked to play Messrs Rotten,Jones & Cook are so unlike the real Sex Pistols it is untrue as is the music they portray in the film.However this film is all about Oldman & Webb & they really excel as Sid & Nancy especially Oldman who is one of the finest British actors of his generation.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Yeah yeah yeah, 3 May 2014
It's a version. There are many. Revision is rife or some would say part of the "creative" process. I say: WATCH THIS FOR GARY OLDMAN'S PERFORMANCE. That alone makes this film rate for me. Knock out.
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