A young British punk and roadie for The Clash navigates life in socially torn 1970s England.

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Cast

Credited cast:
Dave Armstrong ...
Police officer
Barry Baker ...
Drum roadie
Terry Barry ...
Police officer
Reg Bazell ...
Police officer
Stephen Behan ...
Fan
Graham Brown ...
Fan
Lizard Brown ...
Suspect
Caroline Coon ...
Band representative
John Daly ...
Bouncer
Hickey Etienne ...
Suspect
Plaxy Exton ...
Fan
Tig Exton ...
Fan
Ian Galland ...
Police officer
Ray Gange ...
Rude Boy
Ben Gaze ...
Police officer
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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 <ena375@map.com>

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18 May 1981 (Sweden)  »

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The Clash: Rude Boy  »

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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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Interesting look at life in late 70's England.
19 November 2003 | by (Sacramento, CA) – See all my reviews

Rude Boy (1980) follows the life of a youth who dreams about working for his favorite band THE CLASH. The band THE CLASH co-star in this picture and some of their live performances is caught on film. This movie was made before they made it big across the pond. The band is shown working on their second album GIVE THE ENOUGH ROPE. A colleague of their's John Lydon once said that the Clash didn't know how to pace themselves, they would be tired after the first four or five songs. Well, he was right. Some of the concert footage shows, the band appeared to be sluggish and tired in some of their performances. I heard that the band wasn't happy with the way they were portrayed and neither was the young man who played the wannabe roadie. I found the band to be very interesting and I became a Joe Strummer fan after I saw this movie.

The film-makers also capture the turmoil that was occurring on the streets of London during this time. Their was a lot of rioting and protesting. They also capture the collapse of the Labour Party and the rise of the Conservatives. Another one to seal in a time capsule. Interesting, recommended for Clash fans.


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