Premiere - 04/??/2000
"...[Temple's] dizzying and exhilarating assemblage of footage that really gets the roots of England's punk movement straight..."
"...The band's incendiary classics are heard here in all their scratchy splendor; fans will be well-satisfied musically and historically..."
Total Film - 06/01/2000
"...Any nostalgia on show isn't for the songs and fashions, but a time when music really could shake up the system..." -- 4 out of 5 stars
Entertainment Weekly - 10/13/2000
"...[Temple] cobbles together the story of the Pistols' rise and fall in a manner that echoes the group's spirit..." -- Rating: A- - Editor's Choice
Chicago Sun-Times - 04/07/2000
"...To see this film's footage from the '70s is to see the beginning of much of pop and fashion iconography for the next two decades..."
USA Today - 10/13/2000
"...The film has an appropriately grungy look....Overall, the Pistols come off as OK blokes..."
Rolling Stone - 11/27/2003
"...The live footage is some of the scariest rock anarchy ever caught on film..."
Julien Temple's second documentary profiling punk rock pioneers the Sex Pistols is an enlightening, entertaining trip back to a time when the punk movement was just discovering itself. Featuring archival footage, never-before-seen performances, rehearsals, and recording sessions as well as interviews with group members who lived to tell the tale--including the one and only John Lydon (aka Johnny Rotten)-- THE FILTH AND THE FURY is a relevant viewing experience for those unfamiliar with the band; for fans, it's mandatory viewing.
A documentary about the British punk rock band the Sex Pistols, THE FILTH AND THE FURY puts the band's story in the context of 1970s Britain. Depicted as a time when pop culture was clownish and sociopolitical divisions were exacerbated by hypocrisy in the government and angst among the people, the film mixes archival footage of 1970s television broadcasts and commercials with live footage of Sex Pistols concerts, interviews with the band, and animated excerpts from director Julien Temple's classic 1980 documentary, SEX PISTOLS: THE GREAT ROCK AND ROLL SWINDLE. This filmic collage also provides comic relief when the band's nihilistic mantra gets heavy. Which is not to say that the movie makes light of the Sex Pistols story. Its intelligent, reflective narration is given in current-day voice-overs from band members John Lydon (aka Johnny Rotten), Paul Cook, Steve Jones, Glen Matlock, and manager Malcolm McLaren. Also included are interviews with bassist Sid Vicious, who died of a heroin overdose in 1979. The film puts the British punk era into 21st-century perspective, hitting on everything from management discrepancies to "over-partying" to the how and why of the way the Sex Pistols wielded such enormous influence with their anti-establishment venom.
Archival Footage |
Great Britain |
Hardcore Punk |
Music (General) |
Pop / Rock |
Punk Rock |
Punk Rock |
Punk Rockers |
Rock Documentaries |
Rock Legends |
Theatrical release date: March 29, 2000 (N.Y.); April 21, 2000 (L.A.); April 28, 2000 (limited).
Matt Zoller Seitz of the New York Press, Paul Tatara of cnn.com, and Owen Gleiberman of Entertainment Weekly named THE FILTH AND THE FURY one of the 10 best films of 2000.
The Online Film Critics Society named THE FILTH AND THE FURY Best Documentary of 2000.