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The Filth and the Fury Details


Although their career lasted a bit less than two years, few rock bands have made a more dramatic impact than the Sex Pistols, who quickly rose to international infamy as the best-known British punk band, then fell apart shortly after their first American tour in a tempest of drugs, ego, and infighting. Manager [[Performer~P47796~Malcolm McLaren~malcolmmclaren]] began making a film about the group while they were at the height of their fame, but by the time McLaren and director Julien Temple completed [[Feature~V149653~The Great Rock 'n' Roll Swindle~thegreatrocknrollswindle]], the group's best-known member, bassist [[Performer~P73451~Sid Vicious~sidvicious]], was dead, and the remaining Pistols -- vocalist Johnny Rotten (aka [[Performer~P100445~John Lydon~johnjohnnyrottenlydon]]), guitarist [[Performer~P270116~Steve Jones~stevejones]], drummer [[Performer~P14712~Paul Cook~paulcook]], and original bassist [[Performer~P101714~Glen Matlock~glenmatlock]] were in litigation against McLaren and refused to participate. In 1998, Temple began working with the group's surviving members (who reunited for a brief tour in 1996) for this definitive documentary of the Pistols' career, which combines new interviews with footage of legendary live performances (such as their infamous Jubilee Day show on a ship sailing past the Houses of Parliament), as well as newsreels of the chaos that followed in their wake, including the TV appearance that changed them overnight from a little-known cult band to national pariahs. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

  • Release date:January 25, 2000