With dreams of becoming a successful Reggae singer, a young Jamaican man finds corruption from his record producers and the drug pushers they're connected to. Rather than fail his dreams Ivan lets nothing stand in his way, not even the law.Written by
Daniel Jos. Leary
The car Ivan steals from the Skyline Hotel is a 1970 Mercury Cougar convertible. See more »
What you come to town for?
Dead? Dead? How she can dead and I never know?
We tried to get you, but the telegram came back.
And when she going to bury?
She buried already, Momma.
Bury already? Buried already and I never get to go to the funeral? Oh, God. Oh, God...
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Because of the thick accents, and the extensive use of Jamaican slang, the U.S. release prints contained English subtitles. See more »
I think "The Harder They Come" has been cut and re-cut many times over the years. I saw a current version of it recently, and it was not the same film I saw in 1972. There were many scenes I recall that were missing. I suspect no one commenting about the film on this site has seen the original 1972 release.
I have read that it was originally a revolutionary film, but was reduced to an anti-drug cliché diatribe through much re-editing.
When you saw it, did you see the following two things:
(1) On two occasions, when Jimmy Cliff's character got caned, they showed him stretched over a barrel with his penis hanging through a hole. Then he lost his water when the policeman hit him. They showed a close up of his penis hanging there with water coming out.
(2) When his character's new record became popular, a scene with a highly effeminate DJ, who used "love" and "lover" in every sentence, taking a telephone request for the record. "Hello Lover, this is Bob's love line. What do you want to hear, Lover?" Or some such.
I did not see these scenes when I saw the film recently, and I am sure there must have been many other things that were not the same as in 1972 original.
Does anyone know how to obtain and authentic 1972 version of this film?
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