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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.

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Jack Hazan, David Mingay
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Cast

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
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Storyline

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 »

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Drama | Music

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R | See all certifications »
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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 May 1981 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

The Clash: Rude Boy See more »

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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Quotes

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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References Come Play with Me (1977) See more »

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Time capsule.
27 November 2017 | by johnbalanceSee all my reviews

I was torn about what rating to give this as it's not without it's merits. The film works as a time capsule of late 70's Britain with real life footage of National Front protests and anti-fascist counter protesters clashing with police. The concert footage of the Clash in action is undoubtedly the highlight. As a narrative led film it's kind of all over the place. Ganges unsympathetic main character fails to hold the viewers interest. He basically wanders the film in an alchoholic haze, can in hand. His character is utterly useless in his capacity as a roadie for the band and leads to some continuity confusion when two other roadie characters are talking about him as though he's gone yet the next scene has him still there. The sub story about a group of black youths falling foul of the law which seems to have no connection to the main Clash story is puzzling as well. It appears to be a critique of police harassment of black urban youth yet the featured characters are actually portrayed as engaging in criminal activity so it kind of misses the point.


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