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The Harder They Come (1972)

R  |   |  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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The film that took reggae music to the world! See more »

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Crime | Drama | Music

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Balada Sangrenta  »

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The movie is in Jamaican Patois, a creole language which can be understood to some extent by English speakers. There are subtitles in English for much of the movie on the original theatrical print. See more »

Quotes

DJ: You know, this is show *business*, Baby. No business, no show!
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Featured in TCM Underground: The Harder They Come (2008) See more »

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Sitting Here In Limbo
Performed by Jimmy Cliff
Composed by Jimmy Cliff
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A deep film about poverty, ambition, ego, and community
29 May 2004 | by (los angeles, ca) – See all my reviews

Though the low budget of this film is obvious, it is an amazing story, nonetheless so because it's based on a true one! It's also sometimes quite beautifully filmed.

What seems like it will be a simple country-boy-makes-good-in-the-city fairytale turns into a darker story of ego, searing poverty, class warfare, and a lust for fame. At first we're drawn to the Ivan, then gradually repulsed.

The compelling plot is built on a fantastic set of characters that weave a chillingly accurate portrayal of Jamaica in the late 60's -- a tapestry of desperately poor but infinitely resilient people.

To those IMDb reviewers who thought the story immoral - would you say the same thing about Bonnie & Clyde, Scarface, or Cagney's Public Enemy? This movie examines the effect of despair, desperation, and ambition. It's not a fairytale -- grow up.


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