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The Harder They Come (1972)

 -  Crime | Drama | Music  -  5 August 1977 (Denmark)
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Wishing to become a successful Reggae singer, a young Jamaican man finds himself tied to corrupt record producers and drug pushers.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Janet Bartley ...
Elsa
Carl Bradshaw ...
Jose
Ras Daniel Hartman ...
Pedro
Basil Keane ...
Preacher
Bob Charlton ...
Hilton
Winston Stona ...
Detective Ray Jones
Lucia White ...
Mother
Volair Johnson ...
Pushcart Boy
Beverly Anderson ...
Housewife
Clover Lewis ...
Market Woman
Elijah Chambers ...
Longa
Prince Buster ...
DJ at Dance
Ed 'Bim' Lewis ...
Photographer
Bobby Loban ...
Fitz
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With dreams of becoming a successful Reggae singer, a young Jamaican man finds corruption from his record producers and the drug pushers they're connected to. Rather than fail his dreams Ivan lets nothing stand in his way, not even the law. Written by Daniel Jos. Leary

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record | reggae | marijuana | singer | jamaica | See more »

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dem a loot, dem a shoot, dem a wail in shanty town (British DVD tag-line) See more »

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Crime | Drama | Music

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R | See all certifications »

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The Harder They Come  »

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Trivia

First feature film produced in Jamaica See more »

Quotes

Mother: Why you no bring mango from country?
Ivan Martin: Mango season bad this year.
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Connections

Referenced in Club Paradise (1986) See more »

Soundtracks

Sweet and Dandy
Performed by Toots & The Maytals
Composed by Fredric Hibbert aka Toots Hibbert
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awesome, timeless film
10 June 2004 | by (brooklyn, nyc) – See all my reviews

amazing film. i'd seen it in the movies when it first came out. this is the film that really introduced me to reggae music. for a film that was obviously made on a limited budget, it has everything. it touches every emotion and teaches many life lessons with a beautiful backdrop of real and raw Jamaican life. the plot is basically a poor boy who dreams of becoming famous through his music - regardless of the price. to me it represents the epitome of human nature. i think it also typifies the music industry worldwide and the frustrations and obstacles artists must overcome. i've recently purchased the film on DVD and now, years later, it's just as awesome as the first time i saw it!


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