Rude Boy (1980)

 |  Drama, Music  |  18 May 1981 (Sweden)
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A young British punk and roadie for The Clash navigates life in socially torn 1970s England.


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Credited cast:
Dave Armstrong ...
Police officer
Barry Baker ...
Drum roadie
Terry Barry ...
Police officer
Reg Bazell ...
Police officer
Stephen Behan ...
Graham Brown ...
Lizard Brown ...
Caroline Coon ...
Band representative
John Daly ...
Hickey Etienne ...
Plaxy Exton ...
Tig Exton ...
Ian Galland ...
Police officer
Ray Gange ...
Rude Boy
Ben Gaze ...
Police officer


Rude Boy is a semi-documentary, part character study, part 'rockumentary', featuring a British punk band, The Clash. The script includes the story of a fictional fan juxtposed with actual public events of the day, including political demonstrations and Clash concerts. Filmed over a period of years, the written dialog takes on the appearance of improvisation. Written by Edmund Nasjleti <>

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Release Date:

18 May 1981 (Sweden)  »

Also Known As:

The Clash: Rude Boy  »

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1.78 : 1
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Lead guitarist: You know what I think, don't you? I've been watching you.
Rude Boy: Yeah, I noticed. Quite a lot.
Lead guitarist: I been watching you.
Rude Boy: I'll keep it in mind.
Lead guitarist: Do.
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Referenced in Almost Famous (2000) See more »

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If you really want to know what and why this film is about
3 March 2003 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

Read Marcus Gray's The Last Gang in Town.... I watched the film a couple of times, like other contributors, with many questions in my head about what it was really about, how much The Clash co-operated with it, why the film is presented in the way it is, who on Earth Ray Gange is...

This book clears up those questions... The film is flawed, but as a document of the times, and especially the power of The Clash as a live band (there's not any better footage of them around - although they overdubbed the live tracks).... What a band...

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