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The Decline of Western Civilization

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The documentary of director Penelope Spheeris surveys the Los Angeles punk music scene circa 1980 with Alice Bag Band, Black Flag, Catholic Discipline, Circle Jerks, Fear, Germs, and X.
Actors: John Doe,
John Doe
John Doe 25 February 1953, Decatur, Illinois, USA
Greg Ginn,
Greg Ginn
Greg Ginn 8 June 1954, Tucson, Arizona, USA
Alice Bag,
Alice Bag
Alice Bag 7 November 1958, East Los Angeles, California, USA
Lucky Lehrer,
Lucky Lehrer
Lucky Lehrer
The Germs,
The Germs
The Germs
Derf Scratch,
Derf Scratch
Derf Scratch 30 October 1951, Monmouth, New Jersey, USA
Frank Gargani,
Frank Gargani
Frank Gargani
Craig Lee,
Craig Lee
Craig Lee 13 April 1953, Ventura County, California, USA
Phranc,
Phranc
Phranc 1957, Los Angeles, California, USA
Lorna Doom,
Lorna Doom
Lorna Doom
Greg Hetson,
Greg Hetson
Greg Hetson 29 June 1960, Brooklyn, New York, USA
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Director: Penelope Spheeris
Penelope Spheeris
Penelope Spheeris 2 December 1945, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
Country: United States
Release: 1981
IMDb: 7.6
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Duration: 100 min
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June 10, 2005

the documentary is quite enjoyable
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Time Out
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January 26, 2006

The interviews are mostly very funny, probably not always intentionally so. It's far from unmissable, but it's valuable rock history with some great noise.
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Radio Times
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July 18, 2016

This is the first in a trilogy of rock documentaries made by Spheeris that, viewed today, seem like valuable cultural documents. But your granny won't like it.
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Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
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June 21, 2015

...a perfect symbol for the nihilistic hardcore punk rock that developed in Los Angeles - an angry and unwholesome scene that grew parallel to the more intellectual New York scene
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TV Guide
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July 18, 2016

This often-fascinating slice of rock history wisely avoids high-profile punk groups, and instead opts for bands who are still struggling to pay their rent.
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Variety
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March 26, 2009

A bracing, stimulating and technically superb close-up look at the LA punk scene, pic is pitched at a perfect distance to allow for simultaneous engagement in the music and spectacle, and for rueful contemplation of what it all might mean.
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Chicago Reader
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January 01, 2000

[A] still potent 1981 documentary about Los Angeles punk rock.
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People Magazine
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August 03, 2015

The result is both insanely funny and very frightening.
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New York Times
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August 30, 2004

The Decline of Western Civilization' is a shrewd and engrossing documentary even for audiences who have absolutely no patience for the music it includes.
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Japan Times
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July 18, 2016

This was the first time anyone had seen a mosh pit on-screen, and Spheeris somehow gets right in the scrum, capturing a blur of flailing bodies.
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ColeSmithey.com
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February 13, 2017

You can't put a price on a filmic document such as this one.
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