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The Harder They Come (1972)

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 Smith
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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Storyline

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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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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5 August 1977 (Denmark)  »

Also Known As:

Balada Sangrenta  »

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1.66 : 1
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Trivia

First feature film produced in Jamaica. See more »

Quotes

[Ivan is fighting his boss over a bike]
Ivan Martin: You want dead? I will kill you, clot!
[he punctuates these words with knife-blows to his boss's face:]
Ivan Martin: Don't! Fuck! With! Me!
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Connections

Referenced in Still Smokin (1983) See more »

Soundtracks

Many Rivers To Cross
Performed by Jimmy Cliff
Composed by Jimmy Cliff
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slightly pornographic title, but great film!
13 December 2001 | by (usa) – See all my reviews

I was a recent immigrant from the caribbean back in 1973 when this film was released. I was sooo thrilled when it met with such good reviews and commercial success. Years later, as an adult, I had a viewing party for some friends who wanted to see, in general, a different genre of film, and in particular, caribbean films (I highly recommend; "Dancehall Queen, and "The Lunatic" for those interested in island fare.) One friend saw the title and thought it was a "blue" movie. After what seemed like hours of laughter, we settled in to watch. They truly enjoyed it, and I (now grown,) could understand the subtleties and layers sometimes lost on a younger viewer. The gritty look of the film added to and enhanced the entire project. I have had occasion to view it a few more times since then, and it never loses its appeal. I also cry every time I hear Jimmy Cliff sing "White Cliffs of Dover." 'Cross many rivers' if you have to, but see this film.


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