The Great Rock 'n Roll Swindle

From The Grindhouse Cinema Database

Main Details

  • Released in 1980
  • Color
  • Running Time: USA:103 min
  • Production Co: Boyd's Company (as Boyd's Co.) | Kendon Films Ltd. | Matrixbest | Virgin Films
  • Distribution Co: Virgin Films
  • Written & Directed by Julien Temple
  • Starring The Sex Pistols
  • Produced by Jeremy Thomas & Don Boyd
  • Produced by Don Boyd, Jeremy Thomas
  • Cinematography by Adam Barker-Mill, Nicholas D. Knowland, John Metcalfe, Willi Patterson
  • Film Editing by Richard Bedford, Crispin Green, Mike Maslin, Bernie Pokrzywa, David Rae, Gordon Swire

Plot Summary

  • Filmmaker Julien Temple chronicles the Sex Pistols' tumultuous rise to fame, as told by their manager, Malcolm McLaren.


  • The staggering story of the group who wrung the neck of rock 'n' roll
  • The film that incriminates its audience.
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