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Stepping Razor: Red X (1993)

 |  Documentary  |  4 June 1993 (USA)
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On a fall night in 1987, three men forced their way into Peter Tosh's home in Kingston, Jamaica. Inside, they drew guns and forced their way upstairs where they confronted Tosh and some ... See full summary »


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Credited cast:
Edward 'Bigs' Allen
Lloyd 'Rocky' Allen
Andrea Davis
Sandra Dkiror
Roy Garrick
Ron Headley
Gary Isaacs
Rab Leon
Lawrence Mabcoe
Sister Margaret
Sister P.
Bruce 'Preacher' Robinson


On a fall night in 1987, three men forced their way into Peter Tosh's home in Kingston, Jamaica. Inside, they drew guns and forced their way upstairs where they confronted Tosh and some friends. Tosh was beaten, pistol-whipped and then shot several times. Five others were shot before the gunmen fled. The victims were rushed to the hospital, but it was too late for Tosh. He died shortly after. Stepping Razor: Red X, the documentary, explores the life of the late Peter Tosh, reggae artist, Jamaican folk hero, prophet and radical political activist. Based on his personal taped diaries, the Red X tapes, the film reveals the inner thoughts of this volatile musician. His closest friends and associates talk about the many sides of Peter Tosh, explaining his fiery career and dramatic death. Archival interviews with Tosh and rare concert footage fill out this picture of the Rasta visionary. Written by Clint Weiler

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4 June 1993 (USA)  »

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A Vida e a Morte de Peter Tosh  »

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The Red X of the title refers to a series of autobiographical tapes that Peter Tosh was secretly compiling prior to his murder in 1987, which remained undiscovered for years afterwards. Tosh, who was increasingly suffering from paranoia, believed that any official documentation bearing his name was marked with a red X. See more »

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Like a Stepping Razor im a walking tiger
27 October 2000 | by (London) – See all my reviews

This tragic documentary tell the tale of the all too short life of one of the greatest country men in the world Peter Tosh. Told by interviews with his mother , father and friends it charts the meteoric rise to fame of Peter from "The Wailing Wailer" to "The Wailers" , his disillusionment with Marley and the pro christian stance that Marley took in his music to his solo career and his fights with various record labels. It ends in an all too familiar tone with the execution of Peter by some thieves in his house and the chilling words that from a young man Tosh thought would be the last he ever heard "bumbaclat" , and the sicking joke that these were indeed the last he heard before a bullet ended his great life. Its a very hard to watch documentary for it shows the gap that has been left in so may lifes and echos the murder of King Tubby in 1988 for similar reasons. Watch this and find a glimpse of a great man

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