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Rockers (1978)

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Horsemouth sets himself up in business selling records but when gangsters steal his bike things start to turn nasty. As tensions build, Horsemouth and friends plot to end the gangsters ... See full summary »

Director:

Ted Bafaloukos (as Theodoros Bafaloukos)

Writer:

Ted Bafaloukos (as Theodoros Bafaloukos)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Leroy 'Horsemouth' Wallace Leroy 'Horsemouth' Wallace ... Horsemouth
Richard 'Dirty Harry' Hall Richard 'Dirty Harry' Hall ... Dirty Harry
Monica Craig Monica Craig ... Madgie
Marjorie Norman Marjorie Norman ... Sunshine
Jacob Miller Jacob Miller ... Jakes
Gregory Isaacs Gregory Isaacs ... Jah Tooth (as Gregory Issacs)
Burning Spear Burning Spear ... Burning Spear (as Winston Rodney)
Kiddus I Kiddus I ... Kiddus-I (as Frank Dowding)
Robbie Shakespeare Robbie Shakespeare ... Robbie
Big Youth Big Youth ... Big Youth (as Manley Buchanan)
Leroy Smart Leroy Smart ... Self
Lester Bullocks Lester Bullocks ... Dillinger
Ashley Harris Ashley Harris ... Higher
Peter Honiball Peter Honiball ... Honeyball
L. Lindo L. Lindo ... Jack Ruby
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Horsemouth sets himself up in business selling records but when gangsters steal his bike things start to turn nasty. As tensions build, Horsemouth and friends plot to end the gangsters reign of terror and restore justice to the people of Kingston(?) Written by BGSMC

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Comedy | Drama | Music

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Trivia

Marjorie Norman, who plays Sunshine, was discovered by the producer and director when they were on a recce for one of the village locations used in the film. She returned to her village life immediately after filming was completed. See more »

Quotes

Horsemouth: Just cool, man - me have money, man.
Madgie: Cool? The youth them no ask you fe no food, man! Them ask *me* fe food!
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Connections

Remake of Bicycle Thieves (1948) See more »

Soundtracks

Tenement Yard
by Jacob Miller and The Inner Circle
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I&I support dat to de fullness.
6 July 2006 | by irienestaSee all my reviews

One of my all time favorites! I've been looking for this one for a long long time. Having very strong documentary features, this film keeps surprising the viewer every minute. It is (at least for the first half an hour or so) as if someone just shouldered a camera and followed Horsemouth around Kingston doing his daily hustlin' business. Most of the the main characters are real people, playing themselves, esp. reggae artists and producers, and most of the locations are real as well. Later the plot turns into kind of a Robin Hood scenario, when the ghetto people strike back against the upper class mafia guys. What I like most about this movie is its many layers. It's like a deep insight into Jamaican society of the late 70's, the golden era of roots reggae, in all its many aspects like class struggle, Rastafari, family and religious issues. Several times, like in the opening scene or when Horsey gets punched by Sunshine's father, characters directly address the viewer personally by facing the camera which I've never seen used like this anywhere else. Technically it's remarkably well done (apart from some pretty dark underexposed moments), for instance they manage to have many songs of the soundtrack coming from actual sources in the picture.

In one word: Great stuff, not only if you're into old school dub and reggae. If you have it, treasure it! If you don't, get it and then treasure it.


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Country:

Jamaica

Language:

English

Release Date:

1978 (Jamaica) See more »

Also Known As:

Rockers See more »

Filming Locations:

Jamaica

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color
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