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4.4 out of 5 stars
Rude Boy [DVD]
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on 20 April 2017
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on 17 May 2006
This is one of the best films I've ever seen. Totally rock n roll documentary style film about this young dero in london who becomes a roadie for The Clash. He constantly drinks a can of Special Brew. People comment on the poor acting but i think it works with the style of the whole film. There is also lots of great footage of protests and other things which document the time it was made. It looks great and the editing is very good. This reminds me of a film I saw recently called A Day in the Life of a Seagull which I would recommend to anyone who liked this film.
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TOP 500 REVIEWERon 23 June 2017
This 1980 part-rockumentary/part-fiction film is most notable for its extended (live and studio) footage of The Clash at (for me) the height of their powers as a band as they recorded their second album Give ‘Em Enough Rope. The fiction thread of the film (which was written and directed by Jack Hazan and David Mingay) follows Ray Gange’s sex shop worker as he becomes a roadie for the band, against the political backdrop of the times, with its National Front/Anti-Nazi League marches, police harassment and the 'coming of Thatcher’. The 'moral’ of Gange’s story (such as it is) seems to be that the 'rock n’ roll life’ (certainly as a roadie, but probably also as a band member) is unglamorous and fickle. The film’s live footage (shot variously in Glasgow, Aberdeen, Dunfermline, Camden and London’s Lyceum) is, however, worth waiting for, being of brilliant visual quality and highly nostalgic for anyone around at the time. Personal favourites include the band doing London’s Burning at the Rock Against Racism festival in Victoria Park in 1978, live versions of Police And Thieves, (White Man) In Hammersmith Palais and Tommy Gun, plus a stunning (close-up) version of Mick Jones singing Stay Free during the studio recording of the song for Give ‘Em Enough Rope. No doubt everyone will have their own personal favourites, and it is worth sitting through some of the (eventually tedious) fiction parts for some blistering live renditions from this great band.
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on 21 December 2004
Essential early Clash live performances, incredibly associated with a boring, bogus, miserable dirge of a film. I was a working-class teenager at this time and my perspective is entirely different. You just needed mental toughness and a love of music for this to be the best of times. The Ska bands gave us good-time music to dance to, we had beautiful reggae to chill out to, the punk bands shocked and ridiculed a pompous pathetically failing establishment - exhilarating stuff and bloody good fun.
But the Clash were outstanding. The best. Ever. Fantastic talent, powerful songwriting, passionate performance. They're gone, but it hurts so good.
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on 16 September 2004
Okay, granted this is not the most palatable of films - it jumps from one narrative to the other and seems to have the loosest of loose story lines but the real pull with Rude Boy is the footage of the Clash at their supreme best.
You get a fans eye view of Strummer, Jones, Simonon and Topper just as they were in there ascendancy.
Worth the admission price - rock music with the all important roll included for a change - buy now!
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on 12 December 2004
Just watched Rude Boy - oh yes - Clash=good, Ray=bad. Actually some bits are quite a powerful sign 'o' the times social/documentary/70s/pressure cooker/all laid out before you thingy. Worst bits are Ray's acting, even Johnny (surname forgotten) Roadie is a better actor. Direction isn't bad also camera work / shot framing is v professional - its just the script that's poor and Ray's acting. But oh such memories! Clash live, superb, but can tell vocals re-dubbed afterwards - just realised Joe sings through gap in teeth! Ray's clothes could pass muster even today (t-shirt, bike jacket, combats) - its funny how the cars really date it and the lack of mobile phones - Caroline Coon in phone box outside magistrates court in 3 different scenes! Basically a period piece, slow story, bad acting. Try selecting the "Just Play Clash" choice on the menu. The rules are: there are no rules.
- Steve Wilson, Gods Of Chaos
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on 27 November 2003
"Rude Boy" is not a perfect film by any means - far from it - but it is a great document of the time and place it was made: late 70s London during the height of the punk movement and the other various social upheavals that British society was going through at the time. A quasi-documentary following a supposed "roadie" for The Clash (in reality, star Ray Gange was an acquaintance of the band but never actually worked as part of their road crew), the strongest sequences in the film are definitely the concert scenes featuring The Clash at their most intense, whether playing in front of a huge crowd at the "Rock Against Racism" festival in Victoria Park or in no less chaotic indoor settings like the Glasgow Apollo. The rest of the film is interesting but could likely not stand on its own.
Most true fans of The Clash will probably already have "Rude Boy" either on the previous DVD version or on VHS. What makes this edition worth buying are all the extras included: recent interviews with star Ray Gange, ex-Clash road manager Johnny Green and film-makers Jack Hazan and David Mingay, as well as concert footage from a gig in Germany in 1977. For those features alone, this is worth buying even if you already have previous editions of the film.
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on 29 November 2004
This is the story of Ray Gange, a young punk who quits his job at a sex shop in London to become a roadie on tour with THE CLASH, a punk band he really admires.
Although many might not like the acting, (it didn't win any Oscars), it's still a good record of the late '70s punk scene, showing the attitude and music of the times, and the live footage itself is awesome!
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on 10 April 2003
This film has two main qualities: it shows us The Clash just like they were (including the "dark side" of the band) with live footage, interview and reports but also focuses on a certain British youth who wasn't the most privilegied during this Tatcher era. It's really more than a simple movie that promotes a band at his peak.
"Rude Boy" has acquired with the years the status of a cult movie and it deserves it. It's a live testimony of the early 80's.
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VINE VOICEon 27 June 2005
I was told, having never seen the clash live, and knowing I would never, to see this film.
It has a loose plot about Ray, who goes to be a roadie for the Clash as he hates his job in a dodgy bookshop. It is basically an excuse to show loads of footage of them live.
The acting is poor as no-one in the film had ANY experience, and there was NO script.
But the live footage is absolutely awesome, and well worth the price of the dvd
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