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Fire in Babylon -- An underdog story of how one of the most gifted teams in sporting history triumphed over its colonial masters.  A celebration of the power of sports as a vehicle for social change set to a reggae beat featuring Bob Marley and others.


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22 July 2011 (USA) See more »
Feature documentary about the great West Indies cricket team of the 1970's/80's. | Add synopsis »
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Richie Benaud ... Himself - Commentator (voice) (archive footage)
Ian Botham ... Himself (archive footage)
Geoffrey Boycott ... Himself - Commentator (voice) (archive footage)
Brian Close ... Himself (archive footage)
Colin Croft ... Himself
Jeffery Dujon ... Himself

David Frost ... Himself (archive footage)
Joel Garner ... Himself
Sunil Gavaskar ... Himself (archive footage)
Lance Gibbs ... Himself
David Gower ... Himself (archive footage)
Gordon Greenidge ... Himself
Tony Greig ... Himself
Desmond Haynes ... Himself
Michael Holding ... Himself
Alvin Kallicharran ... Himself (archive footage)
Allan Lamb ... Himself (archive footage)
Dennis Lillee ... Himself (archive footage)
Clive Lloyd ... Himself

Nelson Mandela ... Himself (archive footage)

Bob Marley ... Himself (archive footage)
Malcolm Marshall ... Himself (archive footage)
Deryck Murray ... Himself
Kerry Packer ... Himself (archive footage)

Viv Richards ... Himself
Andy Roberts ... Himself
Robin Smith ... Himself (archive footage)
Jeff Thomson ... Himself (archive footage)
Bunny Wailer ... Himself
Bob Willis ... Himself (archive footage)

Directed by
Stevan Riley 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Stevan Riley 

Produced by
John Battsek .... producer
George Chignell .... co-producer
Ben Elliot .... executive producer
Balthazar Fabricius .... co-executive producer
Alasdair Flind .... co-executive producer
Ben Goldsmith .... executive producer
Peter Hargitay .... co-executive producer
Stevie Hargitay .... executive producer
Jessica Ludgrove .... co-producer
David Moore .... assistant producer
Andrew Ruhemann .... co-executive producer
Charles Steel .... producer
Nicole Stott .... production executive
Cinematography by
Stuart Bentley 
Balazs Bolygo 
Visual Effects by
Allison Brownmoore .... motion graphics designer (as Allison Moore)
Editorial Department
Ed Stevens .... assistant editor
Jamie Stones .... first assistant editor
Music Department
Bruno Hovart .... composer: additional music
Other crew
Shiladitya Bora .... distribution
Greg Hemes .... production assistant
Dickie Bird .... thanks
Gladstone Small .... thanks
Gary Welch .... thanks

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87 min
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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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2 out of 2 people found the following review useful.
Calypso Kings to World Champions, 22 September 2012
Author: ( from Bangalore, India

First off a warning! "Fire in Babylon" is for TEST MATCH CRICKET connoisseurs. If T20, IPL, ODI is your ball game then you are better off staying away from this documentary.

Having said that "FIB" is not just about cricket; even if you have just a passing interest in the game you can still enjoy it as the film is about issues as eclectic as the rise of Black power in sports, Racism,Rastafarian culture, the unification of Caribbean islands which appear as just drops in an mass of water on the world map as West Indies, commercialization of sports and leadership.

For me and for a lot of other viewers it could just be once in a life time opportunity to watch your childhood cricket heroes come alive on celluloid screen. Or just to experience the phenomenon of what it was like for a team to dominate a sport/any sport for 15 years like no other team did before or after.

The film chronicles the transformation of West Indian Cricket team from a bunch of calypso style cricketers (entertaining and talented losers) to world beaters and how once West Indians started dominating the sport it gave the self belief to other black people that they were second to none irrespective of what sport they were playing What Tommie Smith started with Black Power Salute at the podium of 1968 Olympic games in Mexico City reached its pinnacle with the release of Nelson Mandela from South African prison. The film touches upon these and other history altering moments such as use of 4 pronged genuine pace attack as a weapon of annihilation on cricket pitch, Bob Marley's influence on Viv Richards' batting, Kerry Packer's World Series Cricket and how it changed the very soul of the game. Cricket, here, is simply the centerpiece of a much broader emancipation process.

Best part of the movie is that even though West Indies were 2 time world champs in One day cricket, the movie makes no reference to it.

Maybe 87 minutes is too short a runtime, however I would have liked to see a bit more of Malcolm Marshall. In my opinion, he was no less (if not better) than Michael Holding and Andy Roberts. Its hard to imagine a line up of Caribbean greats without Marshall spearheading the pace attack.

Catches win matches and the world beating West Indians too were an outsanding fielding unit comprising of live wires Clive Lloyd,Viv Richards and Gus Logie. There is absolutely no mention of this aspect.

I have watched umpteen Bollywood movies (with the exception of "Lagaan") based on cricket which made me hate the game but finally here is a movie that made me fall in love with cricket all over again.

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