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Oil City Confidential

  NR HD Closed Captioning

Julien Temple

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Plot Summary

The story of Dr Feelgood, four men in cheap suits who crashed out of Canvey Island in the early '70s, sandpapered the face of rock'n'roll, leaving all that came before a burnt-out ruin - four estuarine John-the-Baptists to Johnny Rotten's anti-Christ. Taking London by storm, they sped through Europe and conquered the UK with No 1 chart success, before imploding just as punk was born and America beckoned with open arms. Contributions from members of The Clash, Blondie and The Sex Pistols join Dr Feelgood with collaborators Jools Holland and Alison Moyet to tell the story of Canvey, '70s England and the greatest local band in the world.

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  • Reviews Counted: 12
  • Fresh: 12
  • Rotten: 0
  • Average Rating: 7.2/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: Authentic feel to this good-looking biopic of the ill-fated band. – Philip Wilding, Empire Magazine, Jun 24, 2010

Fresh: What emerges is a film to rank alongside Temple's own Joe Strummer elegy 'The Future is Unwritten' as the very best in British rock documentary. Riveting, even if you don't like the music. – Tom Huddlestone, Time Out, Jun 24, 2010

Fresh: Julien Temple's rockumentary Oil City Confidential looks like a series of Martin Parr photographs of the British by the seaside, and then segues into thrashing guitars on the Seventies New York stage. – Times [UK], Jun 24, 2010

Fresh: I don't think [Julien Temple's] ever made a film as good, and purely insightful as this one. – Peter Bradshaw, Guardian, Jun 24, 2010

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