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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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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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5 August 1977 (Denmark)  »

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Balada Sangrenta  »

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1.66 : 1
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First feature film produced in Jamaica. See more »

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Man In Cinema: The hero can't dead till the last reel!
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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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"Dem a loot, dem a shoot, dem a wail in shanty town"
5 August 2002 | by (sweden) – See all my reviews

I have always listened very much to all kind of Reggae(also ska and rocksteady) and the record "The harder they come" is one of the best record's ever. So I had really looked forward to see this film. First off all I must say that the songs are fantastic in this film with songs like for example: "Rivers of babylon", "Many rivers to cross", "Sitting here in limbo" and of course the title song.

Jimmy Cliff stars as Ivan, a country boy who comes to the big city looking for fame through music but is forced to become a "rude boy" and it will have big consequences. The film maybe is not a masterpiece but the music is and I thought it was so very funny to watch a film from Jamaica.

This is also one of the biggest cult classics ever and it is very entertaining. The ending is pretty amazing. The acting by the great singer Jimmy Cliff is actually good, and the rest of the unknown cast is also good. This film is a MUST-SEE! My rating would be a 8 or a 9/10


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