Synopsis: Ian Curtis is a quiet and rather sad lad who works for an employment agency and sings in a band called Warsaw. He meets a girl named Debbie whom he promptly marries and his band, of which the name in the meantime has been changed to Joy Division, gets more and more successful. Even though Debbie and he become parents, their relationship is going downhill rapidly and Ian starts an affair with Belgium Annik whom he met after one of the gigs and he's almost never at home. Ian also suffers from epilepsy and has no-good medication for it. He doesn't know how to handle the feelings he has for Debbie and Annik and the pressure the popularity of Joy Division and the energy performing costs him.
Director(s): Anton Corbijn
Production: The Weinstein Company
  Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 31 wins & 33 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
122 min

Apparently they tear up the stage

and kick off mid-set.

- All right?

- Gotta go.

- Take it easy.

- See you soon, Ian.

- Embarrassed of me or something?

- No.

- He's all right, him, isn't he?

- Yeah.

A bit tall, bit odd, but yeah.

So you're really

looking for a singer, then?

So, what do you like doing, Colin?

Watching telly.

- Apart from watching telly?

- Hmm, having breakfast, lunch and tea.

Food? Well, that's a start.

There's plenty of jobs

that involve food.

And watch telly.

- So you like food and watching telly?

- That's right.


There's a job here working

at Knutsford Cinema

behind the hot dog counter.

How does that sound?

- I do not like hot dogs!

- OK.

Well, should we give 'em

a ring anyway?

The colour scheme is fuckin' brown

Everywhere in chicken town

The fuckin' pubs are fuckin' dull

The fuckin' clubs are fuckin' full

Of fuckin' girls and fuckin' guys

With fuckin' murder in their eyes

A fuckin' bloke gets fuckin' stabbed

Waitin' for a fuckin' cab

You fuckin' stay at fuckin' home

The fuckin' neighbours fuckin' moan

Keep the fuckin' racket down

This is fuckin' chicken town

I'm a bit nervous, me.

Just with it being recorded

and all that.

I mean, we're actually

gonna be on a record.

I can play it at my gran's

and everything.

How about you, Hooky?

You nervous or what?

Am I f*ck, man?

- What about you, Ian?

- This is just the start.



The fuckin' pies are fuckin' old

The fuckin' chips are fuckin' cold

The fuckin' beer is fuckin' flat

The fuckin' flats have fuckin' rats

The fuckin' clocks are fuckin' wrong

The fuckin' days are fuckin' long

It fuckin' gets you fuckin' down

Evidently chicken town

Thank you. Good night.

Right, Warsaw, we're on.

Fuckin' hell! Who's opened the ham?

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Matt Greenhalgh

Matthew Greenhalgh (born 1972) is an English screenwriter from Manchester, England. He is best known for writing the screenplay to the film Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool, which earned him a BAFTA Award nomination Best Adapted Screenplay. more…

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