Sid & Nancy Movie Review Summary

Actors: Gary Oldman, Chloe Webb

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This film tells the true story of Sid Vicious, bass player for the legendary Sex Pistols. He meets and falls in love with Nancy Spungen, with whom he has a dramatic, love-hate relationship. She is a heroin addict, and Sid becomes one as well. After the Sex Pistols break up, Sid's career looks more and more pathetic. Concurrently, Sid and Nancy's relationship begins to deteriorate. When Nancy is found dead in the couple's hotel bathroom one morning, the audience is left to wonder whether or not Sid was her killer.
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The review of this Movie prepared by Judy Berman

Sid Vicious (Oldman), born the working clas Brit John Simon Ritchie, becomes bass player for the suddenly world-famous Sex Pistols punk band in the late 1970s. Fame, money, and drugs swirl about him as he clings to any American girl named Nancy Spungen (Webb). The Pistols disintegrate after their U.S. tour, Sid tries to sustain a solo career, but heroin addiction drags him and Nancy down. One morning he awakes to find her stabbed to death and himself charged with her murder. Co-writer and director Alex Cox made this almost too-real 1986 story after his highly quirky "Repo Man." Oldman and Webb are amazingly good. Watch for Courtney Love in a bit role as Gretchen.
The review of this Movie prepared by David Loftus

He was Sid Vicious, bass guitarist with the notorious Sex Pistols. She was Nancy Spungen, a young American groupie. Bound by sex, drugs and rock'n'roll they became inseparable...until that fateful night in 1978. The cops are summoned to room 100 of New York's Chelsea Hotel, to find Nancy lying dead in a pool of blood. Sid is arrested, taken away and charged with stabbing his lover to death.
This is the story of Sid and Nancy.
The review of this Movie prepared by Linn

A movie set in the '70s at the peak of the punk rock revolution. Two lovers become addicted to drugs, holing up in a hotel and letting their lives slip away day by day. Sid Vicious, the infamous bassist of the Sex Pistols, falls hard for Nancy Spungen, an American junkie, who introduces him to the life of drugs. When Sid breaks away from the Sex Pistols, Nancy helps him in steering a solo career, which he cannot keep up with due to his drug problems. The two are an irresponsible, yet loving pair, allowing their room to set on fire, missing gigs, and scaring Nancy's family...The epitomy of punk rock.
The review of this Movie prepared by Jaime

Sid & Nancy is the tragic love story of two misunderstood people. Nancy, a junkie from PA. meets Sid Vicious of the famed Sex Pistols in London. She eventually turns Sid onto herion and from there his demise begins and his innocence forever lost. The band eventually breaks up on there USA tour, a betrayal - as he sees it, (by his bandmates & McClaren) he never overcomes, but Sid is delusioned that he can make it on his own and still be a junkie. Nancy perputates this idea. We watch them fall into a downward spiral of drugs, alcohol, and violence (both physical & verbal). Eventually, Nancy wants Sid to make good on their suicide pact. On Oct. 12, 1978 Nancy was found dead in room 100 at the Chelsea Hotel in NYC. No one really knows what happened that night, Sid was too strung out to remember. Most scholars believe that they became physically violent with one another (as they often did) and somehow she was stabbed in the abdomen and bled to death. Sid was charged with her murder, and did time on Riker's Island. While he was out on bail, he overdosed on herion Febeuary 2, 1979. His only request was to be buried with Nancy.
The review of this Movie prepared by xgirl1247

SID & NANCY is a movie directed in 1986 by british director Alex Cox.

The director films the relation involving Sid Vicious, the Sex Pistol's bass player, and his girl-friend Nancy. "No future" is the motto and we are invited to follow the quick rise and the quicker fall of this boy unable to quit the image of loser he wears while a certain number of his fellow companions know how to separate show-business and reality. From London streets up to american deserts, Sid and Nancy, in a suicidal ride, drink, smoke, take drugs and, occasionally, play music.

Highly recommended.
The review of this Movie prepared by Daniel Staebler

Script Analysis of Sid & Nancy

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Plot & Themes

Time/era of movie:    -   1960's-1970's Romance/Love/Hugging    -   Yes Inner struggle or disability    -   Yes Job/Profession/Poverty Story?    -   Yes Job:    -   musician Ethnic/Regional/Gender story?    -   Yes Ethnic/region/relig    -   British Woman/class/friends story?    -   story of lower class Druggie/drunk problems?    -   alcohol    -   drugs

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   singer/musician Age:    -   a teen Ethnicity/Nationality    -   British


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Northeast Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   England/UK City?    -   Yes City:    -   New York    -   London    -   dirty, grimy (like New York)    -   dangerous Misc setting    -   resort/hotel    -   bar

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   moderately detailed references to deaths Sex/nudity in movie?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   kissing    -   seeing breasts    -   sex under blankets

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