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The Great Rock 'n' Roll Swindle (1980)

103 min | Music

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 ...See moreA 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." Written by 1 See less
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Aug 1, 1990 (United States)

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Malcolm McLaren
The Embezzler The Embezzler   See fewer
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Steve Jones
The Crook The Crook   See fewer
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Paul Cook
The Tea-Maker The Tea-Maker   See fewer
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Sid Vicious
The Gimmick The Gimmick   See fewer
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John Lydon
The Collaborator (as Johnny Rotten) The Collaborator (as Johnny Rotten)   See fewer
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Ronald Biggs
The Exile (as Ronnie Biggs) The Exile (as Ronnie Biggs)   See fewer
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Liz Fraser
Woman in Cinema Woman in Cinema   See fewer
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Mary Millington
Mary, The Crook's girlfriend Mary, The Crook's girlfriend   See fewer
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Johnny Shannon
Man in Prison Cage Man in Prison Cage   See fewer
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Helen Wellington-Lloyd
Helen (as Helen of Troy) Helen (as Helen of Troy)   See fewer
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Edward Tudor-Pole
Tadpole (kiosk attendant) (as Tenpole Tudor) Tadpole (kiosk attendant) (as Tenpole Tudor)   See fewer
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Faye Hart
Secretary Secretary   See fewer
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Alan Jones
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Irene Handl
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Judy Croll
Soo Catwoman (uncredited) Soo Catwoman (uncredited)   See fewer
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Peter Dean
Nightclub Bouncer (uncredited) Nightclub Bouncer (uncredited)   See fewer
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Dave Dee
Record Executive (uncredited) Record Executive (uncredited)   See fewer
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Graham K. Furness
Seaman (uncredited) Seaman (uncredited)   See fewer
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Norman Gay
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Jerzimy
French singer on the street (uncredited) French singer on the street (uncredited)   See fewer
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James Jeter
Martin Bormann (uncredited) Martin Bormann (uncredited)   See fewer
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Jordan
Girl wearing 'only anarchists are pretty shirt' (archive footage) (uncredited) Girl wearing 'only anarchists are pretty shirt' (archive footage) (uncredited)   See fewer
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Debbie Juvenile
Girl in the chorus on the opening track (uncredited) Girl in the chorus on the opening track (uncredited)   See fewer
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Shinobu Kanai
Japanese Girl in Lonely Boy sequence (uncredited) Japanese Girl in Lonely Boy sequence (uncredited)   See fewer
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Glen Matlock
Ex-Pistol (archive footage) (uncredited) Ex-Pistol (archive footage) (uncredited)   See fewer
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Ralph G. Morse
Punk (uncredited) Punk (uncredited)   See fewer
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Terrance Mustdoo
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Sophie Richmond
McLaren's secretary (uncredited) McLaren's secretary (uncredited)   See fewer
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John Snagge
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Nancy Spungen
Nancy (uncredited) Nancy (uncredited)   See fewer
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Jean Warren
A & R Director - woman with ants on face (uncredited) A & R Director - woman with ants on face (uncredited)   See fewer
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6.4 / 10 | 1,914 votes