Rude Boy | Chicago Reader

Rude Boy

Like many films spawned by the first wave of British punk, this 1980 feature about the Clash is a dubious exercise in pop sociology studded with electrifying concert footage. Ray Gange stars as an aimless kid recruited for the band's road crew by lead singer Joe Strummer; the semifictional setup accommodates plenty of killer songs from the band's prime but, unfortunately, a good deal of political pontification as well. Clash fans still cite this as an indispensable live document, unaware perhaps that the songs and crowd noise were dubbed in later. Jack Hazan and David Mingay directed.

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