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Babylon (1980)

| Drama | 1980 (UK)
The movie centers around Brindsley Forde's character blue. He fronts a reggae sound system based in west London. The movie captures the trials and tribulations of young black youths in troubled London in the early eighties.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
David N. Haynes ...
Errol
Trevor Laird ...
Beefy
Victor Romero Evans ...
Lover
Brian Bovell ...
Scientist
Archie Pool ...
Dreadhead
Brinsley Forde ...
Blue
Karl Howman ...
Ronnie
Beverley Michaels ...
Elaine (as Beverly Michaels)
Ann Duncan ...
Beefy's Girl
Beverley Dublin ...
Sandra
King Sounds ...
Compere
Cynthia Powell ...
Mum
T-Bone Wilson ...
Wesley (as T.Bone Wilson)
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Carlton
Vilma Hollingbery ...
Lady in Street
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Babylon follows the story of David, a working class musician and black man in South East London. By day he works as a mechanic, at night David is a Mic controller at a local dance hall. The film centers around the racial divide of London in the 80's, the lack of opportunities available to black people and poverty. David loses his job, gets beaten up and charged by the police, forcing him to go on the run. Then breaking up with his girlfriend, all of his frustrations culminate in the stabbing of a racist neighbour. Written by John Mulholland

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Shaka directed the scene in which he appeared. See more »

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This is likely to be a 'deliberate error by the film-makers', but in one scene you see two characters putting up a poster advertising a gig. The date shown is Saturday 23rd December (year unspecified). The nearest year that this date fell on was 1978, which is 2 years before the film was released. It is possible that various anachronisms in the film may occur due to this, for example release dates of records, or registration number plates of new cars. See more »

Quotes

Alan: Oi!
Blue: What?
Alan: D'you wanna know something?
Blue: What?
Alan: You got too much of this.
[mouth]
Blue: Yeah?
Alan: Yeah.
Alan: Especially for a coon. I don't like moneys who get too clever in my garage. In other words son, you're fucking out. D'you understand?
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"You just trow away a good job like dat and...
15 February 2004 | by (London) – See all my reviews

you dun even CAAAAARRRREE!!!" Hard hitting film about black youths growing up in south london during the 80s, dealing with racism. The scenes where the two white police officers beat up the hero are chilling and brutally realistic. In the 70's black youth embraced rastafari and the movement allowed them to form their own identity and stay united. Brindsley Forbes is excellant, as is the soundtrack by aswad. Check out warrior charge "tune is had like concrete!" DUBPLATE!!! Why is this excellant film not on DVD or video? It has been shown on channel 4 once before and I did have it on tape but lost it.

Nowadays the only way to see it is by renting it from some black music/video shops if you can find it. Yes ronnie is the guy from brush strokes. "Fat larry your one crook" "Brixton y'acall dis?" The only OTHER film that has lyrics like this is The Harder They Come. If anyone has this on video can you please contact me so I can get a copy!

Cheers!


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