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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 ...
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Barry Baker ...
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Terry Barry ...
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Reg Bazell ...
Police officer
Stephen Behan ...
Graham Brown ...
Lizard Brown ...
Caroline Coon ...
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John Daly ...
Hickey Etienne ...
Plaxy Exton ...
Tig Exton ...
Ian Galland ...
Police officer
Ray Gange ...
Rude Boy
Ben Gaze ...
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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 <>

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18 May 1981 (Sweden)  »

Also Known As:

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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9 April 2001 | by (Liverpool, England, – See all my reviews

One of the flattest movies I have ever seen. Mostly a collection of drab, long takes following around a young prick who joins The Clash as a roadie, does a bad job, then wanders around drunk, making tactless, muddled comments about race, the band's politics, and what he wants to do with his life. Dull, disjointed, quiet lines punctuate long silences; even the live performances of The Clash fail to give the movie much energy, due to poor sound design that cuts off absolutely all crowd noise and brings down the volume of the songs, so that most of them end up sounding like drab demo tapes.

The film is mainly a plotless mess. When it does focus on the main character, all we see is a buffoon stuttering out inarticulate and unwelcome comments to roadies and band members who hate him but just try to ignore him. Whatever the character study of this guy hopes to achieve, it has absolutely nothing to do with The Clash, whose music and politics are not examined at all -- they are simply seen as some rock group the 'rude boy' is following around and who get some concert footage in the picture. In the last twenty minutes we also get meaningless cutaways to political party conferences and to a black youth who has not been in the movie before, has no connection to any of the previously seen characters, and who is undergoing criminal charges for something which is never made clear.

Seeing this movie is tempting for Clash fans -- we want to see what the project is about, and we want to see the concert footage -- but it's an irrelevant, static mishmash that gives those in the audience a lot of time to scratch their heads.

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