End of the Century: The Story of the Ramones

2004 UR 2h 30m DVD

End of the Century: The Story of the Ramones

2004 UR 2h 30m DVD
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Variously dubbed "A punk Last Waltz" and "One headbangin' helluva good time," this incisive documentary about the Ramones by Michael Gramaglia and Jim Fields traces the seminal punk band's trajectory from obscurity to fame to induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. It's an insider look at the rockers -- blemishes and all -- that will probably make your head spin. Includes interviews with Joe Strummer, Debbie Harry, Nicolas Cage and others.
Johnny Ramone, Dee Dee Ramone, Tommy Ramone, Joey Ramone, Marky Ramone, Ritchie Ramone, C.J. Ramone, Rob Zombie, Deborah Harry, Anthony Kiedis
Jim Fields, Michael Gramaglia
Widescreen 1.85:1
English: DTS 5.1 Surround
UR -
age 13+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 13+
age 13+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that End of the Century: The Story of the Ramones is an excellent and thorough documentary that pulls no punches when it comes to discussing the difficulties faced by this seminal punk band who, while active, never quite got their due. The drug and alcohol habits of some in the band are discussed, as well as the problems in their interpersonal relationships as they persevered in the face of commercial indifference for over two decades. As a testement to the hard work and obstacles this band had to face to be a true original and a seminal innovator of music, this documentary can't be beat, and should be especially enjoyable to punk rock music fans of all ages.

Sexual Content

On two occasions, the sex lives of band members are discussed by interviewees. A song about being a male prostitute, "53rd and 3rd," is discussed.


Interviewees discuss fights that happened between members of the band and their significant others. One interviewee discusses how an ex-girlfriend of one of the Ramones tried to cut off the finger of a bass player in another band so he wouldn't be able to play bass anymore.


Infrequent profanity: "S--t, "and "f--k."

Social Behavior

Anyone can start a band. The desire for self-expression trumps musical virtuosity. Hard work and perseverance lead to accomplishment, no matter what you undertake.


Not applicable

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Two of the interviewees are smoking throughout their interviews. The drinking and drug habits of two of the members of the Ramones are frankly discussed.

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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