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Fire in Babylon (2010)

Feature documentary about the great West Indies cricket team of the 1970's/80's.

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Credited cast:
Richie Benaud ...
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Ian Botham ...
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Geoffrey Boycott ...
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Brian Close ...
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Colin Croft ...
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Jeffery Dujon ...
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Sunil Gavaskar ...
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Lance Gibbs ...
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David Gower ...
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Gordon Greenidge ...
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Desmond Haynes ...
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Feature documentary about the great West Indies cricket team of the 1970's/80's.

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22 July 2011 (USA)  »

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The bowler featured at the very beginning is Jason Holder, appointed captain of the West Indian ODI side in late 2014. See more »

Quotes

Tony Greig: I Intend to make them grovel
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The Long Way
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Great music and exciting cricket
27 May 2011 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

An excellent snapshot of an era in which the West Indies turned cricket's traditional order on its head and gave it all a soundtrack too through reggae music. It is told almost entirely through the viewpoint of the team members with the occasional burst of pride from musicians and poets, mainly through song and notably Bunny Wailer provides some excellent insight into the pride the islands took in their united team.

There was plenty said about the team by the (foreign to them) press and commentators as they raced to the top of test cricket but not so much credit so I think the film's solely West Indies angle is justified. The film also explores the legacy of prejudice that the West Indies team did much to expose. Corporal Jones always maintained that "they don't like it up them" and Holding, Garner, Roberts and Croft proved that it was true of us too. Croft's decision to tour Apartheid South Africa is given to the viewer to judge. Respect was earned and cricket changed with it. It may be a one sided view but you leave with no doubt that the helmet-less and pad-scant men that stood up to such bowling were brave souls too.

Great music, audience maturity respected, wince-inducing footage, some laughs and Sir Vivian Richards. An hour and a half well spent for me.


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