Sid and Nancy 1986

Sid & Nancy

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Visceral, energetic, and often very sad, Sid and Nancy is also a surprisingly touching love story, and Gary Oldman is outstanding as the late punk rock icon Sid Vicious.

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Following their breakout success in England, flagship punk rock band the Sex Pistols venture out on their first U.S. tour. Temperamental bassist Sid Vicious (Gary Oldman) takes his troubled girlfriend, Nancy Spungen (Chloe Webb), along for the ride. Along the way, the couple's turbulent relationship strains the patience of bandmate Johnny Rotten (Andrew Schofield) and manager Malcolm McLaren (David Hayman), while plunging Sid and Nancy into the depths of drug addiction and co-dependency.

Cast & Crew

Gary Oldman
Sid Vicious
Chloe Webb
Nancy Spungen
David Hayman
Malcolm (McLaren)
Andrew Schofield
Johnny Rotten
Alex Cox
Director
Peter Jaques
Associate Producer
Margaret Matheson
Executive Producer
Abbe Wool
Associate Producer
The Pogues
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Critic Reviews for Sid and Nancy

All Critics (66) | Top Critics (23) | Fresh (58) | Rotten (8)

  • Sid and Nancy has some claim on being the finest British film of the 1980s.

    September 15, 2016 | Full Review…
  • They are more than zombies doing needlepoint on each other's veins. Both are brought to life in complex, deeply felt performances from two actors who have abandoned themselves to enormously demanding and difficult roles.

    August 9, 2016 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…
  • Every character is booked through to hell or purgatory. But we gasp at the inventiveness, ferocity and cuckoo anarchy with which these rockers prepared their route to destruction or damnation.

    August 9, 2016 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • Sid & Nancy is an honorable try, but it could have been better had Cox found a way to imbue the movie with some of the sheer zaniness of his Repo Man.

    August 9, 2016 | Full Review…
  • Once we sense a glimmer of talent and accept these people as human beings, the tragedy of their drug use resonates enormously.

    August 9, 2016 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
  • This is a love story -- an unlikely, perverse, disturbing love story, but a genuine one.

    August 9, 2016 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Sid and Nancy

  • Mar 01, 2017
    Fully invested with all the hormones of youth, drugged up past all rationale, famous and infamous and not giving much of two fucks, this is a love story and a commentary on us. Simply beautiful.
    Kevin M. W Super Reviewer
  • Apr 16, 2016
    "Sid and Nancy" is the 1986 punk rock romantic tragedy directed by Alan Cox that builds off of a great script and great acting from Gary Oldman and Chloe Webb. The movie takes place from the moment Sid meets Nancy. Sid has just become the new bass player to the hottest band in punk music and possibly the United Kingdom in 1977, the Sex Pistols. Nancy is an American who came to London as a groupie who had high ambitions of steering a musician towards her version of greatness. Together they build a relationship built mostly around their use of heroin and their subsequent descent into addiction and despair. Not much is given about Nancy's life, but she was a troubled child who was diagnosed with schizophrenia at the age of 15, got expelled from college and left the United States for London. This may explain some of her behavior, she was dubbed "Nasueating Nancy" by the press. She is always on the defensive about everything involving Sid, his music and his career. After the Sex Pistols break up after a disatrous tour of the U.S., she becomes Sid's manager as he embarks on a solo career. Sid barely knows how to play the bass guitar and through most of the movie he strums a little while jumping up and down in a drugged out haze for show. His solo career included one album and the cover of the song Sinatra made famous, "My Way." Director Alex Cox even recreates the controversial music video for "My Way" where on a stage he pulls out a gun and blasts away at the audience. He includes Sex Pistols manager Malcolm McLaren (David Hayman) and Nancy in the audience as corpes. While everyone lays dead, Nancy's dead body awakes and joins Sid on the stairs in an embrace as the lights go down. There are times in the film when you have no idea if what is going on is real or a part of their imagination. A lot of the film involves the two shooting up heroin or trying to score heroin. Maybe this wasn't the most factual tale of Sid and Nancy, as lead singer of the Sex Pistols Johnny Rotten had dismissed the film as "fiction" and all the scenes of the two lovers alone had to have been imagined as there is no way to know what went on between them.
    Joseph B Super Reviewer
  • Jan 02, 2013
    Biopics are always wonderful because we get to see an interesting character brought to life through film. In the case of this film, it is Sid Vicious, the volatile bass player for The Sex Pistols. Gary Oldman is absolutely mesmerizing in the role of Vicious, and he really makes this flawed film worth seeing. I say flawed because according to Johnny Rotten, events in the film didn't happen as such and it is full of inaccuracies. Now I'm not into punk rock and I tend to lead more on Heavy metal music than anything else, so I wouldn't know how accurate the film is. However it definitely is a compelling, well acted drama that belongs on the shelf of the best biopics ever filmed. Oldman is a great actor, and he is perfect in the part. Sid & Nancy is a film that manages to overcome its flaws by its strong performances alone. Whether you like the music or not, this is worth seeing if you love Gary Oldman's work, and with such talent, I'm surprised that he hasn't won an Oscar. This is an overlooked film in his career, as he would take on better roles in future films, nonetheless this is a stunning performance that showcases his talents as an actor at such an early phase in career. Directed by Alex Cross, Sid & Nancy is a film that should be seen by any cinema buff looking for a well acted biopic about an interesting musical icon and his volatile, drug induced life and his short term stint with The Sex Pistols.
    Alex r Super Reviewer
  • Oct 30, 2011
    An amazing ride through the short life of the Sex Pistols and Sid Vicious featuring Gary Oldman in one of the best performances I've seen.
    Graham J Super Reviewer

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