Sid & Nancy

Sid & Nancy

4.4 9
Director: Alex Cox, Gary Oldman, Chloe Webb, David Hayman

Cast: Alex Cox, Gary Oldman, Chloe Webb, David Hayman


View All Available Formats & Editions

Punk rock's first great embodiment of the motto "live fast and die young," Sid Vicious joined The Sex Pistols when they were already established as the most controversial rock band in British history; and it soon became apparent that he couldn't play his instrument, had a magnetic attraction to chaos, and possessed a dangerous thirst for booze, drugs, and violence.


Punk rock's first great embodiment of the motto "live fast and die young," Sid Vicious joined The Sex Pistols when they were already established as the most controversial rock band in British history; and it soon became apparent that he couldn't play his instrument, had a magnetic attraction to chaos, and possessed a dangerous thirst for booze, drugs, and violence. Sid & Nancy opens shortly after Sid (Gary Oldman) joined the band, when he meets an obnoxious American punk groupie named Nancy Spungen (Chloe Webb). Nancy claims that she can get drugs, and Sid naively gives her his money. Nancy doesn't show up with the goods, but when Sid runs into her a few days later, she has a tall tale about getting ripped off - and Sid sympathizes with her. Before long, Sid and Nancy have fallen in love, and while they argue with uncommon vehemence, they also depend completely on each other. When The Sex Pistols break up, Sid has few prospects and an increasingly voracious appetite for heroin, and Nancy's attempts to "manage" his career only hasten his downhill slide. Former Clash leader Joe Strummer wrote the film's theme song, "Love Kills," and The Pogues, The Circle Jerks, and Pray for Rain contributed to the soundtrack.

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
Arguably the screen’s definitive statement on the punk-rock phenomenon, Sid and Nancy chronicles the sordid, self-destructive relationship between British rocker Sid Vicious and American groupie Nancy Spungen. As the flamboyant, mercurial lead singer of the Sex Pistols, Gary Oldman is ideally cast and undeniably authentic. But his star-making performance is certainly equaled by that of Chloe Webb, whose turn as the painfully insecure, love-starved Nancy still raises lumps in viewers’ throats nearly 15 years after the film’s theatrical release. Director Alex Cox (Repo Man) depicts their story with a documentarian's fervor, re-creating the Swinging '70s with all due emphasis on sex, drugs, and rock 'n' roll. Cox finds humor and tenderness in this romance, but he doesn’t gloss over the squalor and despair that characterized the couple's waning days. Distinguished by this unflinching commitment to exposing the dark side of punk-rock culture, Sid and Nancy becomes a tragic but unforgettable drama -- a cinematic elegy mourning two people for whom too much was never enough. The DVD features both wide-screen and pan-and-scan versions of the movie, as well as the original theatrical trailer.
All Movie Guide - Mark Deming
Sid & Nancy is less about drugs and punk rock than about a relationship. As directed by Alex Cox and enacted by Gary Oldman and Chloe Webb in performances so detailed that they're often difficult to watch, it becomes a heart-wrenching story about two people whose love is doomed from the start -- and who probably wouldn't want it any other way. The screenplay by Alex Cox and Abbe Wool is fairly accurate to the historical facts, although Jon Savage's book England's Dreaming tells the full story of The Sex Pistols with greater clarity and detail.

Product Details

Release Date:
Original Release:
Mgm (Video & Dvd)
Region Code:
[Wide Screen]
[DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound, Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Sales rank:

Special Features

For the love of Punk; Junk love; Theatrical trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Gary Oldman Sid Vicious
Chloe Webb Nancy Spungen
David Hayman Malcolm McLaren
Andrew Schofield Johnny Rotten
Debby Bishop Phoebe
Tony London Steve
Jude Alderson Ma Vicious
Jeanne McCarthy Trell
Ron Moseley Wax Max
Tenpole Tudor Receptionist
Perry Benson Paul
Sandy Baron Hotelier
Sy Richardson Methadone Caseworker
Edward Tudor-Pole Hotelier (UK)
Biff Yeager Detective
Courtney Love Gretchen
Coati Mundi Desk Clerk
Ed Pansullo Detective
Vincent J. Isaac Detective
Anne Lambton Linda
Kathy Burke Brenda Winczor
Sara Sugarman Abby
Mark Monero Jah Clive
Michele Winstanley Olive McBollocks
Andrew Bradford Dick Bent
Barbara Coles Reporter
Pete Lee-Wilson Duke Bowman
Graham Fletcher-Cook Wally Hairstyle
Stuart H. Fox Rock Head
James Snell Edward
Niven Boyd Rock Head's Trainer
Miguel Sandoval Record Company Executive
Patti Tippo Tanned and Sultry Blonde
John M. Jackson Lance Boyles, M.D
Peter McCarthy Hugh Kares
Desiree Erasmus Mrs. Hugh Kares
Gloria Le Roy Granma Spungen
Milton Selzer Granpa Spungen
Bradley Lieberman Chipper
Tricia Bartholome Mary Jane
John Snyder Vito
Fox Harris Old Stain
Iggy Pop Prospective Guest
Dan Wul Guitarist
Raymond Rosario ABC Kid
Bob Ellis Fireman
Alexander Folk Riker's Guard
Dick Rude Riker's Guard
Xander Berkeley Bowery Snax
Keith Morris Riker's Junky

Technical Credits
Alex Cox Director,Screenwriter
Lynda Burbank Art Director
Cathy Cook Costumes/Costume Designer
Catherine Cooke Costumes/Costume Designer
Roger Deakins Cinematographer
Theda Deramus Costumes/Costume Designer
Eric Fellner Producer
J. Rae Fox Art Director
Peter Frampton Makeup
Peter Glossop Sound/Sound Designer
Dave Martin Editor
Glen Matlock Songwriter
Andrew McAlpine Production Designer
Peter McCarthy Co-producer
Shane McGowan Songwriter
Pogues Score Composer
Pray for Rain Score Composer
Joe Strummer Score Composer,Songwriter
Pam Tait Costumes/Costume Designer
Abbe Wool Producer,Screenwriter
Dan Wul Songwriter


Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Write a Review

and post it to your social network


Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews >

Sid & Nancy 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Guest More than 1 year ago
absolutly the deal!! john lydon hates it!----i love it as a film-if your a fan or just a musician or rock n roll incliend please watch it its up there in the all time classics
Guest More than 1 year ago
''Sid And Nancy'' is a terrific movie based on a true story about the disturbense of Sid Vicous who was the lead singer of the punk band legend ''The Sex Pistols''. Sid And Nancy is about a couple who are deaply obsessed with eachouther. Nancy, who if one of New York's biggest junkies was a heroine addict and got her lover Sid Vicious hooked on heroine too. They soon to find out that they are heuge heroine addicts, and absolutly love it. Sid and Nancy think that there life is a paradise until Sid goes on tour with his band The Sex Pistols and Nancy starts having sex with other men for heroine money because she ran out of it. Sid was crushed when he finds out that Nancy was a hooker behind his back and to the fact that Nancy just got AIDS. When it was thier alaversity Sid took Nancy to a very fancy hotel in Queens. The next morning, Nancy was found in the hotel room laying dead from being stabbed to death. One week later there was a trial tooken place in Los Angelas, Calofornia and Sid pleaded not guilty. 2 days later Sid had a Concert with The Sex Pistols well he was in Los Angelas. After his concert, he decided to take the biggest heroine shot of his life with his friends. 30 seconds later, Sid Vicious droped to the ground in front of his band, and died do to over dosing on the heroine. The Sex Pistols had to split up, and never see eachother again. This event is true and took place from 1972- 1979.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie Rocks!!! It's one of the first films I have seen that can show how honest and simple love can be along with all the bumps in the road that can put a strain on a relationship. It's two leading stars shine portraying the tragic lovers brilliantly. With this movie you'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll all around fall in love with it's honest depiction of a real life romance and make you think about what love really means.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thought that the movie portrayed the actual events as accurately as possible. I agree that the circumstances surrounding Nancy's death were sketchy. And being a Sid fanatic, my only complaint would be that the movie didn't quite show the obvious questions involving her death. It seemed like he killed her. In fact, the movie doesn't really show either her or him actually dying and in the end, they get in a cab together. I think that for people who aren't familiar with the story the ending could be awfully misleading. But in response to another review I read, there are several mistakes in the story there. True, on the Sex Pistols last tour, Nancy (along with all other females) were banned because Malcolm McLaren and the rest of the band thought she was a bad influence on Sid and his performance. But Nancy wasn't prostituting herself for heroin. It was the '70s and an era of drug usage. Sid and Nancy had all the hook-ups they needed. And Sid didn't take Nancy to the Chelsea Hotel to kill her. True, they found her in the bathroom of Room 100 after Sid called the front desk of the hotel and told them to call an ambulance, Nancy was dying. But after that, Sid was charged with second degree murder and went to New York's Riker's Island lockup. He made bail, thanks to his label Virgin Records. He was sent back once he got into a fight at a disco with Todd Smith. He was released again on February 1st, 1979. He partied that night and overdosed on heroin early the next morning. His mother found him dead while he lay in bed with his new companion Michelle Robinson. He didn't overdose in front of the rest of the Sex Pistols in L.A. (The Sex Pistols had broken up officially in 1978.) I don't know if the review I read was supposed to be a joke, but I thought that everyone would like to know the facts. :)
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie unarguably the best movie ever made! No other movie could ever capture Sid and Nancy like this.
Guest More than 1 year ago
An interesting film and Garry is great as always in the lead role however the film got a lot of its facts wrong and after just reading john lydons book Rotten I find that john was not consulted about the film the director got many of his facts from those who barely knew Sid
Guest More than 1 year ago
Great movie. Oldman made Sid someone you could like and feel sorry for. Webb made Nancy some you could hate and feel sorry for. The sound track is equally as good as the movie (it is out of print). I digitally re-masted it and put it on CD. Seventeen tracks all from the movie.
Guest More than 1 year ago
wow. that was such a great movie. And you know what? I got the ending. The taxi cab part. That was them dead. woah I feel smart. But that was good. The stabbing scene wasn't too acturate. But then again, there are so many different stories of what really happened. i guess they had to pick one. Ok. buy this movie. It's worth the $20.