- Actors: SEX PISTOLS, Steve Jones (VI), Paul Cook, Sid Vicious, John Lydon
- Classification: 18
- Studio: Polygram
- VHS Release Date: 30 Sept. 1993
- Run Time: 100 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
- ASIN: B00004R68P
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 230,027 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
The Great Rock 'n' Roll Swindle (1980) [VHS]
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Julien Temple's eclectic documentary mixes fact and fiction to chart the rise and fall of punk's guiding lights, the Sex Pistols. Whilst the mainstream of British society gears up for the Jubilee celebrations, the Pistols concentrate on causing affront wherever possible, masterminded by their Svengali-like manager Malcolm McLaren. Featuring cameos from the likes of Ronnie Biggs and Mary Millington, the film also contains 19 tracks from the Pistols.
Top customer reviews
Not a bad copy, extras are a narration & an interview that has sound problems.
As for the film a mix bag or more of a curiosity but a nice companion to add with The Filth & The Fury.
For those into the era or the music, others may wish to steer clear.
Hvaing said this, it still accurately portrays the snivelling obnoxiousness of the Pistol's at their peak (no wonder, with a grey mid-70's UK in as depressed a state as it had ever been in), and the fact that they were one of the few bands in history that really did make a difference.
Best Scene : You've got to laugh when Sid Vicious jumps out of bed, stands spreadeagled before the camera and vigourously rubs his 'scrot' through his Y-fronts to the sound of a Steve Jones riff.