Who killed Nancy?

Who killed Nancy?

On October 12th 1978 Police discovered the corpse of a 20 year-old woman, under the bathroom sink in a hotel room in NYC. Nancy Spungen, an ex-prostitute, heroin addict, and girlfriend of Sex Pistols' bassist Sid Vicious was in her underwear and had been stabbed. Though the case never went to trial, and some New York cops weren't convinced, everyone widely assumed Vicious was guilty. Six months later Sid died of a heroin overdose. Since the death of Sid and Nancy has become rock legend, only adding to the controversy surrounding the Sex Pistols and punk. Rock author and punk specialist Alan Parker devoted himself to finding out what really happened. Parker has re-interviewed 182 people, re-examined the evidence, and looked at his interviews with Sid's mother. 2.3 out of 5 based on 7 reviews
Who killed Nancy?

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Certificate
Genre Documentary
Director Alan G. Partner
Cast George Ancock, Sophie Boyes, Leee Black Childers, Victor Colicchio Viviane Albertine
Studio Moviehouse Entertainment
Release Date February 2009
Running Time 100 minutes
 

On October 12th 1978 Police discovered the corpse of a 20 year-old woman, under the bathroom sink in a hotel room in NYC. Nancy Spungen, an ex-prostitute, heroin addict, and girlfriend of Sex Pistols' bassist Sid Vicious was in her underwear and had been stabbed. Though the case never went to trial, and some New York cops weren't convinced, everyone widely assumed Vicious was guilty. Six months later Sid died of a heroin overdose. Since the death of Sid and Nancy has become rock legend, only adding to the controversy surrounding the Sex Pistols and punk. Rock author and punk specialist Alan Parker devoted himself to finding out what really happened. Parker has re-interviewed 182 people, re-examined the evidence, and looked at his interviews with Sid's mother.

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Reviews

Channel 4 Film

Jamie McLeish

A very watchable but frustratingly inconclusive investigation into a classic punk whodunit.

23/04/2009

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The Financial Times

Nigel Andrews

We get too little Sid here – not a smidgeon of his great rendering of “My way” – and too many partial “witnesses” who insist Sid couldn’t have done the crime.

04/02/2009

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The Observer

Philip French

This messy, mildly interesting documentary, directed by Sid's authorised biographer, argues that with the assistance of a crowd of low lives the police didn't properly investigate the case.

08/02/2009

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Time Out

David Jenkins

Generally, the torrent of lurid anecdotes keeps things moving along nicely, as do the series of animated inserts which almost compensate for the dearth of archive footage and Sex Pistols music.Yet Parker’s film feels clouded by his obvious posthumous adoration of the enigmatic Sid. His witnesses are less than credible and his argument feels fumbled.

23/04/2009

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The Times

Wendy Ide

It’s a shoddy, sensational and unfocused documentary that argues that someone other than Vicious stabbed Spungen.

05/02/2009

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The Guardian

Peter Bradshaw

It's all fascinating in a horrible way. Yet only the first and last 10 minutes are devoted to pure original investigation; the film is mostly padded out with all the usual suspects and talking heads reminiscing about Sid: Don Letts, Glen Matlock etc.

06/02/2009

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Empire Magazine

Phillip Wilding

It’s a shame that the film hangs so heavily on its flimsy denouement (the real killer may or may not be revealed in the final reel!), as it’s captivating enough when it plays as a snapshot of downtown Manhattan at the fag end of the ’70s. Spungen and Sid are hopelessly tragic, while the cast of talking heads have turned sepia with time.

23/04/2009

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