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on 2 April 2014
Grew up in this era. This is one of the few films that I saw twice in the cinema (probably because I was in my teens and cat woman took her kit off on it). This is the version where Virgin realised that she was underage and had to rotascope a bikini on her to get past censors and the law. Love the cartoons! God bless the queen eh John?
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on 3 January 2016
Worth the money for the sex pistols footage with Lydon and co. However, its really just Malcolm's fantasy and doesn't really provide the full truth of the Pistols.
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on 25 February 2015
Having disposed of a mountain of old VHS tapes from the Attic purchased a few of my favourite films of all time on DVD for posterity. Bought used - arrived in excellent condition (Case and DVD.) I look forward to horrifying my Husband and Children (Both adults now!) with this classic.
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on 24 September 2017
Very good
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on 12 March 2017
Classic
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on 20 April 2017
Great
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on 2 May 2004
This movie is an entertaining look at the sex pistols rise to fame in 10 simple steps, told by manager Malcom Mclaren, its a must see for pistols fans. Although it was released after the death of Sid Vicious and the departure of Johnny Rotten, it still contains rare footage of both, including sid's last ever interview and unreleased studio tracks. Sadly this Film has become a rarity because of the fact it has been discontinued, I have a very bad copy of it on Video Disc and it is very hard to find on VHS, a couple of years ago it was released in Japan on DVD but sadly it wasn't released for long so to find a DVD version is even harder. So Instead of Releasing instead of just releasing Sex Pistols CDs For the pistols 25th Anniversary, Virgin should have released the Great rock n roll swindle on DVD.Hopefully this title will be released on DVD in the near future.
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on 7 June 2010
An interesting film in full frame, but clearly & open matt as the sprocket marks are clear on the right side of the screen.

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.
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on 11 July 2000
There's really not much to merit in this compilation of The Sex Pistols' finest (ie, filthiest!) moments, although it's funny and ironic in parts, but certainly a product of its time. Maclaren was still enjoying moderate success with his controversial Bow Wow Wow project when this was released, so this was clearly another one of his blatant cash-in's on previous 'successes', but at least he was fairly honest about it.
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.
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on 25 March 2007
For all fans of the Pistols, & punk generally, this is a great peace of fiction based on the Pistols story told by a man with an ego he would like to believe is the biggest!

Malcolm McLaren pretends to be the main man (as he is prone to), but that doesnt spoil some good parts of this film, including some good tracks & performances.

For a true & better film see Filth & The Fury, a film done by The Pistols with, I believe, Julian Temple again, however this film is worth watching- Just dont believe the tripe!!

(BTW Temple apologised for his part in producing Rock n Roll Swindle)
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