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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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Geoffrey Boycott ...
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Brian Close ...
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Sunil Gavaskar ...
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Lance Gibbs ...
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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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£107,312 (UK) (20 May 2011)
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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 »

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Tony Greig: I Intend to make them grovel
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Its Your Thing
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Good film that could have been better
16 January 2012 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

Fire In Babylon is a documentary about the West Indian cricket team and their rise from cricketing lightweights to world dominators. There are elements of the film that are superb - its linking the teams determination to succeed to historical oppression, and the significance of the team to the region of the West Indies, provide insights that resonate. Furthermore, the film has selected a fantastic group of West Indians to interview - their passion for the team, outlined through story-telling and song, help the viewer to really see how much this team meant to its fans.

The problem with the film is that it only thinly describes the historical facts. As a cricket fan who knows little of this period, I still feel that I understand very little of the test matches that the West Indies played throughout its dominant period. The great innings, the great bowling spells, comebacks and sledging battles are only breezed over, and as a result the viewer is left with the sense of understanding the side to be dominant through its ferocious bowling attack, but understanding little of the actual games themselves.

Despite this it's a fantastic documentary and highly recommended.


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