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Rude Boy (1980)

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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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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References Come Play with Me (1977) See more »

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Intriguing but muddled

This intriguing film blurs the line between documentary and reality much in the way 60's classics such as "Medium Cool" do. The story (when it's allowed to tell itself) of the drunken directionless punk is sad, charming and wild. I can see why the Clash disowned the film. It shows how they merely reflect the showbiz side of the struggles of the working class in England. When Ray attempts to tell Mick Jones how much "Stay free" means to him, he is shrugged off with a " I'm watching you." We see Ray being consumed by his own nihilstic rage while the clash use it up to the point of making good pop music with it.


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