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    The Decline of Western Civilization

    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.
    Duration: 100 min
    Quality: HD
    Release: 1981
    IMDb: 7.7
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  • Actors of "The Decline of Western Civilization"

  • Characters of "The Decline of Western Civilization"

    Circle Jerks Guitarist. Character of The Decline of Western Civilization
    Played by: Greg Hetson
  • Directors of "The Decline of Western Civilization"

    Penelope Spheeris. Director of The Decline of Western Civilization
    Penelope Spheeris
    Birthdate: 2 December 1945, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
  • Creators of "The Decline of Western Civilization"

    Penelope Spheeris. Director of The Decline of Western Civilization
    Penelope Spheeris
    Birthdate: 2 December 1945, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
  • Critic Reviews of "The Decline of Western Civilization"

    Variety
    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.

    Time Out
    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.

    New York Times
    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.

    Chicago Reader
    January 01, 2000

    [A] still potent 1981 documentary about Los Angeles punk rock.

    ColeSmithey.com
    February 13, 2017

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

    Radio Times
    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.

    TV Guide
    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.

    Japan Times
    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.

    People Magazine
    August 03, 2015

    The result is both insanely funny and very frightening.

    Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
    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

    DVDLaser
    June 10, 2005

    the documentary is quite enjoyable

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