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Babylon (1980)

| Drama | 1980 (UK)
The movie centers around Brindsley Forde's character blue. He fronts a reggae sound system based in west London. The movie captures the trials and tribulations of young black youths in troubled London in the early eighties.






Cast overview, first billed only:
David N. Haynes ... Errol
Trevor Laird ... Beefy
Victor Romero Evans ... Lover
Brian Bovell ... Scientist
Archie Pool ... Dreadhead
Brinsley Forde ... Blue
Karl Howman ... Ronnie
Beverley Michaels ... Elaine (as Beverly Michaels)
Ann Duncan ... Beefy's Girl
Beverley Dublin ... Sandra
King Sounds ... Compere
Cynthia Powell ... Mum
T-Bone Wilson ... Wesley (as T.Bone Wilson)
... Carlton
Vilma Hollingbery ... Lady in Street


Babylon follows the story of David, a working class musician and black man in South East London. By day he works as a mechanic, at night David is a Mic controller at a local dance hall. The film centers around the racial divide of London in the 80's, the lack of opportunities available to black people and poverty. David loses his job, gets beaten up and charged by the police, forcing him to go on the run. Then breaking up with his girlfriend, all of his frustrations culminate in the stabbing of a racist neighbour. Written by John Mulholland

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This is likely to be a 'deliberate error by the film-makers', but in one scene you see two characters putting up a poster advertising a gig. The date shown is Saturday 23rd December (year unspecified). The nearest year that this date fell on was 1978, which is 2 years before the film was released. It is possible that various anachronisms in the film may occur due to this, for example release dates of records, or registration number plates of new cars. See more »


Alan: Oi!
Blue: What?
Alan: D'you wanna know something?
Blue: What?
Alan: You got too much of this.
Blue: Yeah?
Alan: Yeah.
Alan: Especially for a coon. I don't like moneys who get too clever in my garage. In other words son, you're fucking out. D'you understand?
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Babylon "cus me knor you from long time"
19 May 2005 | by See all my reviews

Words cannot describe the film. It was accurate in many ways, it was political, the soundtrack was awesome and one of the best films I have ever seen. Saw the file for the first time many years ago when it was screened on Channel Four. Videoed it and saw it many a time after that but unfortunately lost the video. The film was the talking point at college and everybody had the soundtrack, nicknamed themselves after the characters and repeated some of the wicked lines. NEED TO SEE IT AGAIN (and not just to relive my youth). Anybody out there know how to get of a DVD copy or even a video copy? Have got friends searching for me as well but to date no joy.

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