Sid & Nancy (1986)

Sid and Nancy poster

Initial Pictures
Starring:
 Gary Oldman, Chloe Webb
Directed by: Alex Cox

Cat Out of the Bag Alert!  This review contains some spoilers for this film!

Synopsis: A representation of the ultimately tragic relationship between Sex Pistol’s bassist Sid Vicious (Gary Oldman) and Nancy Spungen (Chloe Webb).

Kitty Cameos: In the middle of the film Sid has left The Sex Pistols and is struggling to maintain his solo career. At one show a group of friends and musicians calls Nancy over to look at a box of kittens.

Sid and Nancy - punk rock followers gathered around box of kittens

Sid and Nancy - box of kittens

Nancy picks out a tabby kitten.

Sid and Nancy - Nancy Chloe Webb holding up tabby kitten

Later the group is eating at a bar. Nancy has her kitten with her, and several of the others around the table have kittens as well.

Sid and Nancy - Nancy Chloe Webb with tabby kitten at table with Sid Gary Oldman

Sid and Nancy - Nancy Chloe Webb with tabby kitten at table with Sid Gary Oldman

Sid and Nancy - Nancy Chloe Webb with tabby kitten at table with Sid Gary Oldman

Sid and Nancy - punk rockers at table with one tabby kitten

Sid and Nancy - punk rockers Gretchen Courtney Love at table with kittens

As they leave the club, Nancy takes the kitten with her. They ride home in a taxi with the kitten along.

Sid and Nancy - Nancy Chloe Webb leaving bar with tabby kitten and Sid Gary Oldman

Sid and Nancy - Nancy Chloe Webb with tabby kitten in taxi with Sid Gary Oldman

Sid and Nancy - Nancy Chloe Webb with tabby kitten in taxi with Sid Gary Oldman

The kitten is seen in several other scenes with the mostly wasted couple.

Sid and Nancy - Nancy Chloe Webb and Sid Gary Oldman wasted in bed with tabby kitten

Sid and Nancy - Nancy Chloe Webb and Sid Gary Oldman wasted in bed with tabby kitten

When Nancy accidentally sets fire to their room, they have to move to another room downstairs and take the kitten with them.

Sid and Nancy - Nancy Chloe Webb and Sid Gary Oldman wasted changing rooms with tabby kitten

Sid and Nancy - Nancy Chloe Webb and Sid Gary Oldman wasted changing rooms with tabby kitten

Sid and Nancy - Nancy Chloe Webb and Sid Gary Oldman wasted changing rooms with tabby kitten

Sid and Nancy - Nancy Chloe Webb and Sid Gary Oldman with tabby kitten on bed

The kitten is only seen once more. It’s not clear how they were able to care for the cat when they could barely take care of themselves, nor what ever became of the animal.

Sid and Nancy - Nancy Chloe Webb crying on bed with tabby kitten behind her

Sid and Nancy - Nancy Chloe Webb crying on bed with tabby kitten behind her

An interesting side note about the cats in this film is that Keith Morris of the Circle Jerks explains in his autobiography My Damage: The Story of a Punk Rock Survivor how he and the band members dubbed in the meows for the kittens. “There’s also a scene that involves a box of kittens, and we dubbed the sound of the cats meowing. I did such a great job as a cat impersonator that I was offered a role in the movie.” Sadly the role did not work out but the Circle Jerks were acknowledged as the kittens in the end credits.

Sid and Nancy - Nancy Chloe Webb holding tabby kitten with tuxedo kitten in box

Final Mewsings: A punk rock concert may not be the best place to give away kittens.

Many thanks to Craig @Hooded_Werewolf for letting us know about the kittens in this film!


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