Rude Boy (1980)





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The political and social turmoil of Great Britain at the dawn of the Margaret Thatcher Era provides a backdrop for this improvisational drama featuring extensive live footage of punk trailblazers the Clash. Ray (Ray Gange) is a layabout punk rock fan whose interests appear to be beer, the Clash, picking up girls and avoiding a real job -- in that order. Ray works part time behind the counter at an adult bookstore to supplement his dole payments, but he'd like to become a roadie for the Clash, though his pal Joe (Joe Strummer), the group's singer and rhythm guitarist, doesn't have an opening for him; the fact Ray is openly suspicious of the band's leftist political stance probably doesn't help matters much. After Ray steps up to help the band during some trouble at a Rock Against Racism rally, Johnny (Johnny Green), the Clash's road manager, invites him to join their road crew for some upcoming dates in the North of England. While Ray's enthusiasm for the band is unquestioned, he doesn't have much of a taste for the hard work that goes into putting on the Clash's live show, and lead guitarist Mick (Mick Jones) makes it clear he doesn't trust Ray. As the Clash steadily climb from the punk underground into mainstream success, the band has less use for Ray's drunken antics, and eventually he's let go. Meanwhile, a pair of West Indian youths from the same London ghettos that Ray calls home become victims of the British legal system when a petty theft lands them in jail. Rude Boy was shot over the course of the Clash's two British tours of 1978 and during the sessions for their second album Give 'Em Enough Rope; it was the first and last film for Ray Gange, who relocated to the United States not long after making Rude Boy. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi
Drama , Musical & Performing Arts
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Joe Strummer
as Rhythym guitarist
Mick Jones
as Lead Guitarist
Sarah Hall
as Ray's Girl Friends
Colin Bucksey
as CID Officer
Caroline Coon
as Band representative
Elizabeth Young
as Ray's Girlfriend
Jimmy Pursey
as Guest Singer
Paul Simonon
as Bass (The Clash)
John Green
as Road Manager
Barry Baker
as Roadie
Colin Richards
as Sex Shop Customer
Kenny Joseph
as Solicitor's Clerk
Terry McQuade
as Ray's mate
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Audience Reviews for Rude Boy

Kinda fake and boring during the 'story' part of it but it also chronicles the Clash and has live and backstage footage so of course its awesome!

Josh Henderson
Josh Henderson

This troubled production boasts blistering performances by the Clash in all their late-'70s London glory, but lags in most other areas. Fast-forward past all the boring stuff but stick around for the recording studio parts and the live footage.

Will Errickson
Will Errickson

Not much of a narrative film, but some great live performances are captured, and the feeling of rebellion, anger and fear permeates throughout this film.

Caleb McCandless
Caleb McCandless

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