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The political and social turmoil of Great Britain at the dawn of the [[Performer~P235684~Margaret Thatcher~margaretthatcher]] Era provides a backdrop for this improvisational drama featuring extensive live footage of punk trailblazers [[Performer~P13510~the Clash~theclash]]. Ray ([[Performer~P25757~Ray Gange~raygange]]) is a layabout punk rock fan whose interests appear to be beer, [[Performer~P13510~the Clash~theclash]], 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 [[Performer~P13510~the Clash~theclash]], though his pal Joe ([[Performer~P113096~Joe Strummer~joestrummer]]), 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), [[Performer~P13510~the Clash~theclash]]'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 [[Performer~P13510~the Clash~theclash]]'s live show, and lead guitarist Mick ([[Performer~P96347~Mick Jones~mickjones]]) makes it clear he doesn't trust Ray. As [[Performer~P13510~the Clash~theclash]] 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 [[Performer~P13510~the Clash~theclash]]'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 [[Performer~P25757~Ray Gange~raygange]], who relocated to the United States not long after making Rude Boy. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

Cast

Ray Gange
as Ray
Joe Strummer
as Rhythym guitarist
Mick Jones
as Lead Guitarist
Barry Baker
as Roadie
Colin Bucksey
as CID Officer
Colin Richards
as Sex Shop Customer
Lizard Brown
as Byron
Hicky Etienne
as Drum
Inch Gordon
as Inch
Jimmy Pursey
as Guest Singer
Terry McQuade
as Ray's mate
Caroline Coon
as Band representative

Crew

David Mingay
Director
Jack Hazan
Director
Jack Hazan
Producer
David Mingay
Producer
David Mingay
Screenwriter
Jack Hazan
Screenwriter
Ray Gange
Screenwriter
Jack Hazan
Cinematographer
Mick Jones
Composer (Music Score)
Joe Strummer
Composer (Music Score)
Peter Goddard
Editor
David Mingay
Editor
Garth Marshall
Sound/Sound Designer
Peter Goddard
First Assistant Director
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