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The Sex Pistols star in director Julien Temples bizarre and hilarious fictional documentary that charts the rise and fall of punks most notorious band through the eyes of its calculating manager, Malcolm McLaren. Mixing animation and midgets with footage of some of The Pistols most electrifying live performances, the 1980 film presents the bands success as an elaborate scam perpetrated by McLaren to make "a million pounds" at the expense of record companies, outraged moralists, the British Royal Familyand even the fans and band members themselves.
The Great Rock Rock n Roll Swindle was called "a parable of our times" by the Guardian (UK), but most music fans simply consider it one of the best rock films ever. More than 25 years after their breakup, The Sex Pistols music continues to influence punk and post-punk bands the world over. The Great Rock n Roll Swindle shows why.
Interview and commentary with director Julien Temple by Chris Salewicz
5.1 Surround Sound
I had been looking for this movie everywhere over where I live and on the internet, and when I finally thought about looking here I was very happy. Love the Sex PistolsPublished 16 months ago by krissy
A nice film rendered un-watchable due to subpar sound and a barely visible picture. It really lives up to the title. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Javier Benito Revollo
This movie is not all that great. I have an old Japanese VHS copy from way, way back. And wanted to get this on dvd. It has some good parts to it. Some are useless or boring. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Bart Chase
What more could you expect from this movie? Punk rock, little people, cash from chaos. Not for the kiddies. Helen of troy makes an appearence. Read morePublished on September 27, 2012 by emily10
I have had a copy of this since the original release. It has always been misleading, but fun, with some really good moments. Read morePublished on September 22, 2010 by endsng
It seems a bit unfair to criticize the film as tilted toward McLaren's point of view. Yes, he's a self-serving egotist, but an amusing one, and his narrative is obviously... Read morePublished on May 20, 2010 by Ronald L. Levao
"At last, the film you thought you'd never have to see...."
The very idea of 'the Great Rock 'n' Roll Swindle' fills me with joy and excitement. Read more