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The Clash: Rude Boy (2006)

The Clash  |  NR |  DVD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: The Clash
  • Format: Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Legacy/Columbia
  • DVD Release Date: August 1, 2006
  • Run Time: 133 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #117,509 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Clash: Rude Boy" on IMDb

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Rude Boy is a semi-documentary, part character study, part 'rockumentary', featuring British punk band, The Clash, originally released in 1980. The script includes the story of a fictional fan juxtaposed 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. More important, is the frenetic live energy of the Clash on tour in 1978 - the most stunning, furiously alive and visually superior footage of the Clash that has ever been recorded. The DVD rounds up performances of "English Civil War" and "White Riot" that never made the original film, plus versions of "Clash City Rockers" and "Tommy Gun" recorded on the BBC's "Something Else" show.

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great film June 24, 2003
Format:VHS Tape
If you're a longtime Clash fan, this video will make you salivate. It has all of the ringing tones of the Clash's lyrical content in the plot, as well as numerous live performances and casual footage. For instance, it shows the late, great, Joe Strummer curled up into an inhuman ball on the stage, moaning to the audience, yelling at and dispersing bouncers during "Janie Jones," and playing the piano while chatting with the main character, Ray. It shows Paul Simonon relaxing and enjoying some reggae music, and being collected after his arrest for shooting pigeons. It shows Topper Headon hitting and kicking a punching bag while dressed in a yellow excersize suit. And it shows Mick Jones singing into the microphone, snapping at our slightly bigoted main charcater, and showing up late to rehearsals. All this comes on top of the life and times of Clash fan/roadie/sex shop employee Ray Gange, and the plight of two young black men in the chaotic year of 1978 in Britain. I'd say that for all of this, this film is definitely worth watching, if not owning.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Wish there was more concert footage March 5, 2000
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
This is a rather interesting piece. It does follow a fictional alcoholic young man who quits his lame job as a clerk for a shop that sells pornography to equally sad customers, and joins the Clash as an apprentice roadie. Intermixed with the fiction is excellent concert footage of the Clash before they made it big in the States, just not enough of it. Also, it provides an accurate snapshot of pre-Thatcher Britain. The Brixton race riots contrasted with that of neo-nazi demostrations, provides a background to Ray Gange's narrative as the man with no future. His only solace in the Stalinist Tower Block Flats is playing the Clash's first album on his very cheap turntable. Even the rather stark sex scene in the women's bathroom in some club doesn't provide relief, since she runs off while he is cashing in his unemployment check at some streetside bank.
The minuses: The story and the acting is pretty lame at times.
The plusses: Excellent concert footage, what there is of it, gives a great idea of the Clash's performance at the time. Police and Thieves performed live here is, I believe, superior to the album cut. Plus, the producers of the movie included a clip of the original song, which I wished was complete, being a reggae fan. Another plus is the 100% accuracy of what England, especially London, was like during that time. It was a wasteland in the city, a concrete jungle. It is not much surprise, with hindsight, that the Clash and the Sex Pistols became so popular back then. Unfortunately, it seemed to have brought about Thatcher's election, also documented in the movie, which frankly doesn't make much sense to me, but I will leave politics out of this. Let's just say it made things worse for much of the very people the Clash appealed to.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If Only I Could Have Been There... April 10, 2001
Format:VHS Tape
I've had this sort of strange fascination with "Rude Boy" ever since first seeing it on a double bill with "The Kids Are Alright" at the Punch & Judy Theater in Grosse Pointe, MI in 1981. It's not just the live footage of one of the greatest bands ever to plug into an amplifier, although said footage is probably some of the greatest filmed of any band ever, albeit brief. It's almost as if you can smell the stale beer and splif smoke in many of the scenes, which follow the exploits and misadventures of Clash-fan-turned-roadie Ray Gange. Shot in and around a constantly grey and dismal London, it must have been a heady time nonetheless to have been present at what many of us then viewed as a revolution. This is pre-American breakout era Clash and includes studio footage of them recording "Give 'Em Enough Rope" and a priceless scene involving Joe Strummer tickling the ivories and croaking "Let The Good Times Roll." One of the crown jewels in any Clash collection, "Rude Boy" captures a period of musical innocence and hope we'll never see again in this age of Britney Spears, boy bands, shiny shirts, and goatees. Come back Mick Jones, all is forgiven!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars one of my favority movies of all time December 12, 1999
By Tom
Format:VHS Tape
This movie is definitely for hard core Clash fans. The movie is a pseudo-documentary about a young punk on the road to no where fast. The story deals with him getting a job as a roadie for the only band that matters. The plot can be a bit corny at times, but the concert scenes make the movie worthwhile.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
A superb punk pseudo-documentary. It shows the Clash from a roadie's viewpoint; an occaisional glimpse into the creative and behavioral quirks of the band. The character Ray, an erstwhile roadie for the band, is a perfect reflection of the environment that spawned the punk movement of the late 70s in the UK. He is as feckless, dirty and spent as the horrific architecture that dominates the London skyline. This aspect of the film is particularly depressing-boredom instigating everything.The political subplot is needless and a poor cariacture of the already simplified Joe Strummer worldvision. The live scenes are brilliant, though. The second tour shots with the European invasion motif is the best footage of the era. The band members reveal themselves to be very talented, yet generally an unsophisticated, alcoholic bunch of surly louts. Don't expect your preconceptions of the group or the era to be intact after viewing.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Just So-so
Note; This review is for the VHS version of this movie. This poorly thought-out and executed film just seems so.....static. It has none of the energy of the original punk movement. Read more
Published 18 days ago by James Bennett Apt
1.0 out of 5 stars This Movie Clashes with My Senses
I gave this a chance in the early 2000's, and I am sorry that I did so. Part drama, part documentary, part concert, whoever created this movie had a confused vision. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Amy Steele
4.0 out of 5 stars Watch it as a documentary...
...if you watch this as a movie, you'll be disappointed as it's not strong that way. The concert footage is excellent however and totally captures the feel of the Clash at that... Read more
Published on May 31, 2009 by SVM
5.0 out of 5 stars A Brief History of an Era
I first saw this film in 1980 and not again until now, 28 years later. I loved it! The concert footage is fantastic and there is a lot more of it than I remembered. Read more
Published on November 2, 2008 by Music Lover
4.0 out of 5 stars 4 Stars for the Clash footage alone...
I'm writing this review more as a response to an earlier review, that I felt was inaccurate. I felt compelled to clarify, especially as someone who's seen the movie more recently... Read more
Published on October 7, 2008 by K. Macfarlane
3.0 out of 5 stars only ok
It is ok , there is some good footage of the Clash early on , touring, but the rest is kinda pointless. Read more
Published on February 26, 2008 by betsy
5.0 out of 5 stars 5 Stars for the live performances...
Maybe 2 stars for the movie itself. I found the plot hard to follow. The scenes with acting are quite forced and insincere. Read more
Published on December 16, 2006 by Patrick M. Doyle
3.0 out of 5 stars Find the UK version
Most of these reviews are spot on - terrible movie, great music. However, from the details here, it seems the US version has been short changed - the English version also had a... Read more
Published on September 25, 2006 by P. McCormick
5.0 out of 5 stars about bleed'in time this came out!
For some of us unfortunates, this was our first exposure to the awesome fire power of the Clash live. Read more
Published on July 20, 2006 by Derek M. Koch
5.0 out of 5 stars Rock The Casbah
This is the holy grail for Clash fans.

PS-You can get the dvd on the Amazon UK site.
Published on April 4, 2006 by Slapsy
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