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Julien Temple

The Great Rock 'n' Roll Swindle

Edition 1981
103' - 1980 - Documentary, Music/Musical - Dialogue: English
Director: Julien Temple With: Malcolm McLaren, Sid Vicious, Steve Jones
A rather incoherent post-breakup Sex Pistols "documentary", told from the point of view of Pistols manager Malcolm McLaren, whose (arguable) position is that the Sex Pistols in particular and punk rock in general were an elaborate scam perpetrated by him in order to make "a million pounds." Silly and hard to follow at times, but worth seeing for some excellent Pistols concert footage, some wickedly amusing animated sequences, and Sid Vicious' eerily prophetic performance of "My Way."

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Julien Temple


Malcolm McLaren, Sid Vicious, Steve Jones


Julien Temple

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United Kingdom



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