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After Killing a Rival in Self-defense, Hoodlum Chas (James Fox) Must Flee Both From The Law and From His Boss, Harry Flowers In Performance.
He eventually moves into a house owned by Turner (Mick Jagger), a former rock star who lives with female companions Pherber (Anita Pallenberg) and Lucy (Michele Breton).
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So, Chas and Turner initially clash, but Turner becomes fascinated with Chas’ life as a criminal.
Through drugs and a series of psychological battles with Turner, Chas emerges a different man.
“Performance” is a bizarre, disconnected attempt to link the inhabitants of two kinds of London underworlds: pop stars and gangsters. It isn’t altogether successful, largely because it tries too hard and doesn’t pace itself to let its effects sink in.
But it does have a kind of frantic energy, and it introduced Mick Jagger in a role that reinforced his stage image without copying it.
On its most fundamental plot level, it’s about a gangster (James Fox) who is trying to disguise himself so that he can slip out of England on a forged passport.
He meets the Jagger character by accident when he takes a basement room in a boarding house.
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