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Summary: Ian Curtis has aspirations beyond the trappings of small-town life in 1970s England. Wanting to emulate his musical heroes, such as David Bowie and Iggy Pop, he joins a band, and his musical ambition begins to thrive. Soon, though, the everyday fears and emotions that fuel his music slowly begin to eat away at him. Married young, with a daughter, he is distracted from his family commitments by a new love and the growing expectations of his band, Joy Division. The strain manifests itself in his health. With epilepsy adding to his guilt and depression, desperation takes hold. Surrendering to the weight on his shoulders, Ian's tortured soul consumes him. (The Weinstein Company)

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Runtime: 122 min
Rating: Rated R for language and brief sexuality.
Production: EM Media
Genres: Biography, Drama, Music
Countries: USA, Japan, UK, Australia
Language: English
Home Release Date: Jun 3, 2008
Director Credit
Anton Corbijn Director
Writer Credit
Deborah Curtis Book "Touching From A Distance"
Matt Greenhalgh Screenplay
Principal Cast Credit
Craig Parkinson Tony Wilson
Sam Riley Ian Curtis
Samantha Morton Debbie Curtis
Cast Credit
Alexandra Maria Lara Annik Honore
Andrew Sheridan Terry
David Whittington Chemistry Teacher
Harry Treadaway Steve Morris
James Anthony Pearson Bernard Sumner
Joe Anderson Hooky
Martha Myers Lowe Ian's Sister
Matthew McNulty Nick
Richard Bremmer Ian's Father
Robert Shelly Twinny
Tanya Myers Ian's Mother
Toby Kebbell Rob Gretton
Producer Credit
Akira Ishii Executive Producer
Anton Corbijn Producer
Deborah Curtis Co-Producer
Iain Canning Executive Producer
Korda Marshall Executive Producer
Lizzie Francke Executive Producer
Megumi Fukasawa Co-Producer
Orian Williams Producer
Peter Heslop Line Producer
Satoru Iseki Co-Producer
Todd Eckert Producer
Tony Wilson Co-Producer Movie title data, credits, and poster art provided by: