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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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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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Janet Bartley ...
Elsa
Carl Bradshaw ...
Jose Smith
Ras Daniel Hartman ...
Pedro
Basil Keane ...
Preacher
Bob Charlton ...
Hilton
Winston Stona ...
Detective Ray Jones
Lucia White ...
Volair Johnson ...
Pushcart Boy
Beverly Anderson ...
Housewife
Clover Lewis ...
Market Woman
Elijah Chambers ...
Longa
Prince Buster ...
Ed 'Bim' Lewis ...
Photographer
Bobby Loban ...
Fitz
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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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He Makes Women and the Charts and is on top with both. See more »

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Crime | Drama | Music

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R | See all certifications »

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5 August 1977 (Denmark)  »

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Balada Sangrenta  »

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1.66 : 1
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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 Martin: [title song] and the oppressors are trying to keep me down /T rying to drive me underground / And they think that they have got the battle won / I say, "Forgive them, Lord, they know not what they've done," / For as sure as the Sun will shine / I'm going to get my share now, what's mine and the harder they come, the harder they fall, one and all.
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Remade as The Harder They Come See more »

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Rivers of Babylon
Performed by The Melodians
Composed by Brent Dowe and Trevor McNaughton
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Ahead of its time
22 June 2001 | by See all my reviews

It has been said of many films, but this one was indeed "ahead of its time". It is a love story, social commentary, political manifesto and comedy all rolled-in-one. You can't help but like Jimmy Cliff's character. He's trying to cut a record, romance a preacher's daughter, and "get what's his" all at the same time.

This film is especially important in the history of Black film, I would say, since the character of Ivan is clearly portrayed as a complex character. Even the cinematography conveys the idea that "black is beautiful" (remember the (semi-)nude scene in the lake? Can't say enough good things about it. See it, you won't be sorry!


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