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The Harder They Come (1972)

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Wishing to become a successful Reggae singer, a young Jamaican man finds himself tied to corrupt record producers and drug pushers.

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Perry Henzell
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A remake of the 1972 film, where an aspiring Reggae singer gets tangled up in dangerous business, becoming Jamiaca's most-wanted man in the process.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jimmy Cliff ... Ivanhoe "Ivan" Martin
Janet Bartley Janet Bartley ... Elsa
Carl Bradshaw Carl Bradshaw ... Jose Smith
Ras Daniel Hartman Ras Daniel Hartman ... Pedro
Basil Keane Basil Keane ... Preacher
Bob Charlton Bob Charlton ... Hilton
Winston Stona Winston Stona ... Detective Ray Jones
Lucia White Lucia White ... Mother
Volair Johnson Volair Johnson ... Pushcart Boy
Beverly Anderson Beverly Anderson ... Housewife
Clover Lewis Clover Lewis ... Market Woman
Elijah Chambers Elijah Chambers ... Longa
Prince Buster Prince Buster ... DJ at Dance
Ed 'Bim' Lewis Ed 'Bim' Lewis ... Photographer
Bobby Loban Bobby Loban ... Fitz
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Storyline

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

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With a Piece in His Hand He Takes on the Man! See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Music

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

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Country:

Jamaica

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 August 1977 (Denmark) See more »

Also Known As:

The Harder They Come See more »

Filming Locations:

Jamaica

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (TV)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

The movie is in Jamaican Patois, a creole language which can be understood to some extent by English speakers. There are subtitles in English for much of the movie on the original theatrical print. See more »

Quotes

[Ivan is fighting his boss over a bike]
Ivan Martin: You want dead? I will kill you, clot!
[he punctuates these words with knife-blows to his boss's face:]
Ivan Martin: Don't! Fuck! With! Me!
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Connections

Referenced in City of God (2002) See more »

Soundtracks

Pressure Drop
Performed by Toots & The Maytals
Composed by Fredric Hibbert aka Toots Hibbert
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THE reggae movie!
1 November 2000 | by SchlockmeisterSee all my reviews

I had heard about this film long before I ever saw it. I had heard that it was banned in it's home country of Jamaica due to it's possibility of inciting youths to "hooliganism". I had also heard it had great music and so I picked up the movie soundtrack on LP and enjoyed every song on it. It took video for me to finally see this movie years later and I enjoyed it very much. The movie puts you right in the middle of unfamiliar territory from the start, a busload of Jamaican country people coming into town, with their heavy accents, this is one of the few English movies to have been given english subtitles. From this setting you are taken into the life and ambitions of Ivan Martin, a man willing to stop at nothing to achieve success as a reggae star. He makes it, but there is a high cost. Great music, great performances, including a rare look at Prince Buster DJing a party. If you are a reggae fan, particularly early ska, rocksteady and pre-Bob Marley, this is a movie for you.


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