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Stepping Razor: Red X (1993)

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)  »

Also Known As:

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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He watereth the hills from his chambers and the earth is satisfied...
28 September 2003 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Along with Bob Marley and Bunny Wailer, Peter Tosh was a primary composer of "The Wailers" music catalog and played a major role in increasing reggae's popularity beyond the West Indies.

Tosh is an electrifying icon, a fierce force, and certainly didn't deserve the fate that was dealt to him in 1987. Who conspired to instigate such an evil act? Why did such an enormous revolutionary figure have to be submitted to such a sudden, misguided tragedy? These questions will be debated for centuries, and you can compile your own theories from the clues offered in Stepping Razor: Red X - (1992).

Tosh didn't deserve to die the way he did (brutally beaten & shot by members of the corrupt sector)...and his musical legacy is one that easily outlasts the reggae majority. His forceful speeches, magnetism, and divine activism aimed at social change led many to worship his very being (just as they did Marley). He was truly on his way to greatness...and should be remembered & honored always for not only his music, but also for his vision...to give the free world back to the people shackled by tyranny, deceit and diseased politics...

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