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Rude Boy (1980)

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


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

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Featuring The Clash. See more »


Drama | Music


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The band members did not attend the films 'premier' in Paris .Road managers/Drivers/assistants Johnny Green & Barry 'Baker'(both in the film)did attend causing some friction... See more »


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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Alternate Versions

Released at 133 minutes in Europe; US prints run 120 minutes. See more »

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I Wanna' Riot!...
27 November 2002 | by Twins65See all my reviews

...and smash the video box.

If The Clash really was indeed "The Only Band that Matters", they deserved a better film than this. If you ever saw 'em back in the day, you know just how exciting it was. This movie doesn't do the experience justice, but then again, it really wasn't trying to,

While this movie gets some props for attempting to merge drama with a documentary, it really leads to nowhere. When Mick Jones tells Rude Boy to "Get the F**k off the Stage", I should have done myself a favor and hit the stop button on my remote. Somehow, I slogged on 'til the end, but other than the live performances, there ain't no payoff. "Stay Free" of this one.

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18 May 1981 (Sweden) See more »

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The Clash: Rude Boy See more »

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