The Decline of Western Civilization
The Decline of Western Civilization (1988)

An intimate look at the punk subculture of the 1980s, this Penelope Spheeris documentary captures more of the ambiance of the time than outstanding examples of the music subculture itself. The music of X, Circle Jerks, Fear and Black Flag… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: June 3, 1988
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People Magazine

The result is both insanely funny and very frightening.

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Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

...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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Douglas Pratt

the documentary is quite enjoyable

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Stella Dallas
a view from the pit at the height of the l.a. hardcore scene, circa 1980. blistering performances by black flag and x among others. film quality isn't… More
Remi Logan
It was interesting, but I guess because I was alive for the end of this era of music, I don't really appreciate it