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


Well, what does it matter?

I exist on the best terms I can.

The past is now part of my future.

The present is well out of hand.

Get it.

Ian. Pass us the ball, will you?

Knob cheese.

All right, Ian?


Oh, you got it.


This is Deborah, you know,

who I told you about.

From the youth club.

You can't be in my gang

if you don't smoke.

Don't wanna be in your gang.

Neither do I.

I think we should go.

- Now?

- Yeah. I wanna go.


Ian, we're getting off.

- Who's the writer?

- Who'd you think?

Glucose... oxygen...

Carbon dioxide plus water.

You can clearly see here

that the chemicals

are currently out of balance.

Your task will be

to alter the molar ratios

in order to make the chemicals balance

before and after the combustion

reaction has occurred.

Wouldn't you say that was so,

Mr Curtis?


Come on, stop messing.

Uh, Mr Curtis?


Sorry, sir.

Who have we got today, then?

Mrs Brady.

- We done her before?

- Don't think so.

Let's hope she's got

a sympathetic doctor.

I mean, I like

me neighbours, don't get me wrong.

Mind you, the stink of some of them.

I tell you, they don't wash

or don't know how to.

Stink, stink, stink.

Stink to high heaven of piss.

Mrs Brady, please can I use

your toilet, please?

'Course you can, love.

- Second on the left, down the hall.

- Thank you.

Where was I?

Oh, yes.

It says here Cirazapan usually

prescribed for schizophrenia.

Side effects include drowsiness,

apathy, agitation

and blurred vision.

I'm taking two.

Oh, here we go. Who's that?

Stop it now! Stop it.

- Hi.

- Hi, Nick.

Nick, yeah. Hi.

- Ian.

- Hi.


Oh, wow, a dog. What's her name?

- Tess.

- Hello, Tess.

Come around to speak to, you know...

See if she wants to... for a bit.

- Debbie.

- Debbie, yeah. Yeah.

Debbie. Hi.

- Hi.

- She's gorgeous. Debbie, hi.

Hi. Do you want to come in?



My heart leaps up when I behold

A rainbow in the sky

So it was my life began

So is it now I am a man

So it be when I shall grow old

Or let me die

The child is the father of the man

And I could wish my days to be

Bound each to each by natural piety

- Did you write that?

- Wordsworth.

- Cheers.

- Cheers.

- I'm really excited for this.

- Yeah. Same here.

Never really into Bowie before,

you know, but...

It's a shame Nick couldn't come.

He did say I could go out with you.

He said it was all right.

As long as I looked after you.

Did he now?

Well, I didn't want him thinking we were

going behind his back or anything.

That's a bit presumptuous,

don't you think?


I might not have wanted

to go out with you.

- Go over there.

- All right.

I wish I were a Warhol silkscreen

Hanging on the wall

Or little Joe or maybe Lou

I'd love to be them all

All New York City's broken hearts

And secrets would be mine

I'd put you on a movie reel

And that would be just fine

I think we should get married.

Are you asking?

You're mine.


- Am I now?

- Yeah.

And you know it.


I've got a brew for you.


All right, lads?

- All right.

- All right, mate.

It's a bit empty in here tonight.

- Tony Wilson's over there.

- Who?

Posh bloke from Granada TV.

- Oh, yeah.

- One day he'll be recognising me.

- You'll have to be out a bit more.

- Yeah.

Been a bit busy.

Getting married, finding a house.

Sounds like fun.

- How's the band?

- Yeah. Not bad.

It's not particularly good

either, is it?

No. We're pretty shite.

Be a lot less shite if we could find

a singer who could sing.

I'm really looking forward

to seeing this lot tonight.

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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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