Rude Boy

Date: 1980
Director: Jack Hazan & David Mingay
Production Company: Buzzy Enterprises

Stars: Ray Gange, Joe Strummer, Mick Jones, Paul Simonon, Topper Headon
Location(s): Fife, London, Strathclyde, West Midlands

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Roadie fan hangs out with the Clash in a semi-documentary with acted scenes and plenty of concert footage.

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Screen captures and now images by SJ

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Brandon Estate, London SE17, no actors but nice shot, also seen in The War Zone.

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Now. Taken from John Ruskin Street. SJ.

Hanworth House, next door, London SE5, also seen in For Queen And Country.

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Now. From the Brandon Estate. SJ.

Camberwell New Road, London SE5.

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Now. From Bolton Crescent. SJ.

372 Coldharbour Lane, London SW9, now demolished.

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Taken just before demolition moved in.

Tennyson Avenue and Thackeray Road, London SW8.

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Now, odd place for a march.

Thackeray Road.

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Barely recognisable now that the hall has been replaced but housing roof at top right gives it away, just.

Thackeray Road and St. Philip Street.

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Now. Gwyneth Paltrow stood here in 'Sliding Doors'.

48 Dean Street, London W1 which was also seen in 'Adventures of a Taxi Driver'.

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Downing Street and Whitehall, London SW1.

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Now, with security gates.

Bow Street Law Court, as seen in 'The Informers'. London WC2.

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Royal Opera House, Bow Street.

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Broad Court, also seen in 'David Copperfield' (1970).

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Now, just off Bow Street.

Facing south-east along Digbeth High Street at the junction with Milk Street in Birmingham.

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A little demolition and rebuilding has taken place. (PW)

Facing north-west from outside of Digbeth Civic Hall on High Street, Digbeth B5 with the Rotunda visible in the left distance.

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The Rotunda still visible. (PW)

Digbeth Civic Hall, Birmingham.

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Digbeth Civic Hall, Digbeth, Birmingham now known as the Digbeth Institute. Phil Wilkinson

Atlantic Road, Brixton?

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Coldharbour Lane entrance to the market. Not entirely convinced but maybe a local, perhaps LLB, can confirm when the doors are open. SJ.

Ray Gange on Coldharbour Lane.

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The Railway.

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The Railway Tavern, now Brady's of Brixton, 20 Atlantic Road. SJ.

Looks like Atlantic Road, Brixton.

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Atlantic Road looking west. SJ.

Not an obvious angle of Trafalgar Square, also seen in Bunny Lake Is Missing.

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Now, taken from St Martin's Place.

Paul Simonon on King's Cross Road, London WC1.

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Topper Headon outside Clerkenwell Magistrates Court, WC1.

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Now a hotel called Clink.

Clerkenwell Magistrates Court.

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Mick Jones on King's Cross Road.

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Joe Strummer regales the fans at Victoria Park, London E9.

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Court Hall, Glasgow?

The Kinema, Carnegie Drive, Dunfermline in Fife.

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Now closed, but most recently known as Velocity night club. The Clash gig featured in Rude Boy was played here on 6th July 1978. SD

Stockwell Road near Stockwell tube, London SW9.

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Now, still a bus-stop.

Same place, reverse shot on Stockwell Road.

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Now with a removal van in the way of Acland House.

Dean Street with the Terrazzo also seen in 'Brannigan'.

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48 Dean Street again.

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And again.

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Somewhere near Blackfriars, possibly. This and the following still, rud034, no longer exist. The street is Limeburner Lane connecting Old Bailey and Ludgate Hill. The railway arches are the old pre-Thameslink tracks just north of the bridge which used to cross Ludgate Hill. The church spire just visible is St Bride's, Fleet Street. The area has changed beyond recognition. The railway now runs underground and new office blocks on both sides of the street make a convincing now shot impossible. Andrew Fisher

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Peter took this shot from Limeburner Lane with St Bride's towers visible top centre.

Limeburner Lane near Blackfriars.

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These are all new buildings advises Peter, but with the architecture mimicking the old bridge.