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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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A remake of the 1972 film, where an aspiring Reggae singer gets tangled up in dangerous business, becoming Jamiaca's most-wanted man in the process.

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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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He Makes Women and the Charts and is on top with both. See more »

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Crime | Drama | Music

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Balada Sangrenta  »

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First feature film produced in Jamaica See more »

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DJ: You know, this is show *business*, Baby. No business, no show!
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Referenced in This Is England (2006) See more »

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The best Jamaican movie ever made.....
22 September 2006 | by (Germany) – See all my reviews

I'm a great reggae and dancehall fan and travelled Jamaica, where I had the chance to watch most movies ever filmed in Jamaica(which aren't too many!)by Jamaicans. Well, if you compare Dancehall Queen, Third World Cop, Rudeboy, Shottas, Rockers - this is the best of them and the best Jamaican movie ever. Based on a true story, a country boy, Ivanhoe, looks for fortune in the city and ends up as the most wanted criminal in Kingston. Jimmy Cliff is superb in his role as a bad boy and the motives for him becoming criminal are presented very clearly throughout the movie. He is a talented artist recording many big songs and doesn't see a dime or a penny for his music, so the struggle to survive ends in violence. Well this probably happens nearly every day in the Caribbean if you look at biographies of Max Romeo for example, who never received money at the time for some big songs(except for becoming a gangster).

Features a Great Soundtrack and a really marvellous Jimmy Cliff!!!!


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