Who Killed Nancy? Review

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Alan Parker's documentary turns the clock back to 1978 to explore the mysterious death of Nancy Spungen, girlfriend of Sex Pistol's bassist Sid Vicious.


Elevated to iconic status since his premature death in 1979, the long dormant story of Sid Vicious has been given one final twist by director (and Vicious biographer) Alan G. Parker. He ascertains that Vicious never stabbed his girlfriend, Nancy Spungen, to death in a New York hotel room the year before. 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.

For an exposé very little is actually revealed, but as a neon-lit trawl through '70s New York, it's worth a look.