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.
- MPAA Rating: R
- Genre(s): Foreign
- Run Time: 111min.
- Theatrical Release Date: 04/03/1991
- DVD Release Date: 10/28/1998
- Themes: Star-Crossed Lovers,Rise and Fall Stories,Drug Addiction,Self-Destructive Romance
- Tone: Moody,Biting,Bleak,Disturbing,Downbeat
concert, drugs, fame, girlfriend, party, prison, punk, rock-music, suicide, addiction, behind-the-scenes, death, groupie, music, tragic-love
- Country of Origin: USA (10-17-1986)
- Language: English