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Rude Boy (1980)

 -  Drama | Music  -  19 June 1996 (France)
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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 ...
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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Featuring The Clash.

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19 June 1996 (France)  »

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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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Grittily realistic 'docu-drama'
13 May 2001 | by (Shropshire, England) – See all my reviews

It is genuinely difficult to work out where the drama ends and the documentary takes over. When I sat down to watch it I had no idea whether Ray, the fan who becomes a roadie, was an actor or the genuine article. The stilted nature of some of the conversations, and self-conscious grins accompanying them, indicate contrivance, but it's as if real conversations are being reproduced for the camera. Only afterwards did I discover that Ray Gange was acting and had written the script.

The film provides an insight into the world of punk rock in the late seventies. The Clash were more musically adept, and more politically aware, than most punk bands of the era, but the rebellious swaggers and the anger were typical enough. The concert footage is entertaining, and only marred by the fact that much is filmed from the back of the stage. It features much of the band's best material, from White Riot to Tommy Gun to London's Burning.

This is a nostalgic treat for old punk rockers, and a useful introduction for those who, in the late 70s, were too young or allowed punk rock to pass them by.


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