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Who Killed Nancy? (2009)

Not Rated | | Documentary, Music, Mystery | 11 April 2009 (Japan)
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On October 12th 1978 New York Police discovered the lifeless body of a 20 year-old woman, slumped under the bathroom sink in a hotel room. She was dressed in her underwear and had bled to ... See full summary »


Alan G. Parker



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Alan Jones ... Himself - Friend of Sid and Nancy
Steve Dior Steve Dior ... Himself - Played in Sid's Last Band
George Slattery George Slattery ... Himself - Contributor (as George X)
Peter Gravelle Peter Gravelle ... Himself - Photographer (as Peter 'Kodick' Gravelle)
Ned Van Zandt ... Himself - Contributor
Elliot Kidd Elliot Kidd ... Himself - Contributor
Handsome Dick Manitoba Handsome Dick Manitoba ... Himself - Contributor
Glen Matlock ... Himself - Contributor
Don Letts ... Himself - Director, DJ
Zoe Hansen Zoe Hansen ... Herself - Contributor
Hellin Killer Hellin Killer ... Herself - Contributor
Howie Pyro ... Himself - Contributor
Alan G. Parker Alan G. Parker ... Himself - Sid's Biographer
Kathleen Wirt Kathleen Wirt ... Herself - Contributor
Kenny Gordon Kenny Gordon ... Himself - Contributor


On October 12th 1978 New York Police discovered the lifeless body of a 20 year-old woman, slumped under the bathroom sink in a hotel room. She was dressed in her underwear and had bled to death from a stab wound. The woman was Nancy Spungen, an ex-prostitute, sometimes stripper, heroin addict, and girlfriend of Sex Pistols' bassist Sid Vicious. In a trial by tabloid newspapers Vicious was pronounced guilty before noon the following day. But the case never had the chance to be brought to trial, and a number of New York cops weren't convinced. Less than six months later in a flat in New York's Greenwich Village, Sid, himself aged only 21, died of a heroin overdose. For the next 28 years the assumption was that Sid did it - case closed. Over time, the death of Sid and Nancy has passed into rock legend and has only added to the controversial and notorious image of the Sex Pistols and punk music. At the request of Sid's mother, who committed suicide in 1996, rock author and punk expert ... Written by Ed Barratt

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11 April 2009 (Japan) See more »

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London, England, UK


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GBP300,000 (estimated)

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It could use a bit more polish...and a lot more of Nancy
17 October 2017 | by moonspinner55See all my reviews

Director Alan G. Parker, a self-titled Sid Vicious biographer, put together this overlong, scattered pseudo-documentary about '70s British punker and ex-Sex Pistols bassist Vicious and his American girlfriend, groupie Nancy Spungen, who was found dead in 1978 in the New York City hotel room the couple shared, stabbed once with a knife after a long binge of partying and drugs. Although it's her name in the movie's title, Parker hasn't much information on Nancy Spungen--no surprise then that the primary focus here is on Vicious (which probably also aided Parker in getting financing). We do get a shot of Spungen's nice childhood house in Pennsylvania (which Parker then compares to Sid's humble beginnings) and rare interview footage of Sid and Nancy together before the stabbing and Sid's eventual heroin overdose. The rest doesn't amount to much: Sid's arrest, his release on bail of $50,000, evidence at the murder scene unexplored by the police (which Parker obviously feels vindicates Sid), and dead-end interviews with friends and hangers-on who feed on the long-held conspiracy theory that Nancy was murdered by an outsider over a drug-deal gone bad. Newspaper headlines and vintage TV news clips do not a documentary make, yet somehow Parker has managed to stretch this thing out to an interminable 100 minutes (an abbreviated version runs 89 minutes). *1/2 from ****

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