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Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll (2010)

TV-MA | | Biography, Drama, Music | 5 May 2010 (USA)
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A biography of Ian Dury, who was stricken with polio at a young age and defied expectations by becoming one of the founders of the punk-rock scene in Britain in the 1970s.

Director:

Mat Whitecross

Writer:

Paul Viragh
Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 1 win & 5 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Andy Serkis ... Ian Dury
Tom Hughes ... Chaz Jankel
Clifford Samuel ... Charlie Charles
Joseph Kennedy ... Davey Payne
Arthur Darvill ... Mick Gallagher
James Jagger ... John Turnbull (as Jimmy Jagger)
Shakraj Soornack Shakraj Soornack ... Norman Watt-Roy
Mackenzie Crook ... Russell Hardy
Olivia Williams ... Betty Dury
Sam Spruell ... Kilburns' Drummer
Julian Cox Julian Cox ... Kilburns' Bass
Nick Rowson Nick Rowson ... Kilburns' Guitar
Wesley Nelson Wesley Nelson ... Young Ian Dury
Ross Boatman Ross Boatman ... Pub Landlord
Msimisi Dlamini Msimisi Dlamini ... Kilburns' Drums
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Flamboyant entertainer Ian Dury, backed by the Blockheads, takes to the stage, explaining to his audience how, as a child, he contracted polio from a swimming pool and attended a special needs school where he was bullied, particularly by orderly Hargreaves, a fact which shaped his tough and frequently iconoclastic approach to life, culminating in his controversial contribution to the Year of the Disabled. From his early days with Kilburn and the High Roads, playing seedy pubs with no dressing rooms Ian moves onto chart success with the Blockheads, collaborating with musician Chaz Jankel. His private life is complicated as, separated from the tolerant Betty with whom he remains friends but refuses to divorce for many years, he lives with the much younger Denise along with his adored son Baxter, who will himself become a performer. Ian dies in 2000, having packed an enormous amount of living into a comparatively short life. Written by don @ minifie-1

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"There are a couple of ways to avoid death - one is to be magnificent!" Ian Dury See more »

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 May 2010 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Sexo, drogas y rock'n roll See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

GBP2,000,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,038,699
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Toby Jones & Mackenzie Crook have been in a number of projects together: See more »

Goofs

In the end titles one song is named as "If I was a woman" the actual title is "If I was with a woman". See more »

Quotes

Ian Dury: It's not the size of the dog in the fight, it's the size of the fight in the dog...
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Crazy Credits

A clip of Andy Serkis and the cast 'Blockheads' performing "Reasons to Be Cheerful Pt. 3" is shown besides the final credits as these scroll up. See more »

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Featured in WatchMojoUK: Top 10 British Music Biopics (2019) See more »

Soundtracks

My Old Man
Written by Ian Dury and Stephen Nugent
(c) Templemill Music Ltd (PRS)
All rights administered by Warner/Chappell Music Ltd
All Rights Reserved
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Brilliant Andy Serkis. Film Isn't Otherwise Bad
19 April 2012 | by crossbow0106See all my reviews

In the states, Ian Dury is mostly unknown, especially now. He was a UK rocker who came out of the pub circuit. He was the most unlikely of rock stars, stricken with polio and possessed of a less than tuneful voice. Still, the music is well crafted and other than the film title some may remember the clever "Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick". Andy Serkis does an amazing job as Dury, he catches his ugliness, his drive, his indifference and his fury. They don't make musicians like Dury anymore, and thats a pity. He was an original. The film gets a bit confusing jumping from the present to the past, but stay with it. If you've never heard of Dury, read up & listen before you watch this. Otherwise, I think this is a faithful film about a difficult person but one who contributed well to popular culture. R.I.P. Ian.


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