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Babylon ()


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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.

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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)
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Carlton
Vilma Hollingbery ...
Lady in Street
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Alan
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Fat Larry
Malcolm Frederick ...
Wolf
Patrick Worrall ...
Spooky
Anthony Trent ...
The Fence
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Woman at Lockup
Bill Moody ...
Man on Balcony
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Young Man on Balcony
Derek Broome ...
Bus Conductor
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CID Detective
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CID Detective
Donovan Platt ...
William
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Rupert
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Gay Man
Yvonne Agard ...
Mrs. Watts
Michael Gunn ...
Detective at Door
Harry Miller ...
Detective at Door
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Police Commissioner
Frank Sylvester ...
Weightlifter
Granville Garner ...
Sandra's father
Angur Zeb ...
Doorman (as Angus 'Drummy' Zeb)
Mikey Campbell ...
Promoter
Shaka ...
Himself
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Cosmo Laidlaw ...
Rastaman

Directed by

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Franco Rosso

Written by

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Franco Rosso ... ()
 
Martin Stellman ... ()

Produced by

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Gavrik Losey ... producer
Martin Stellman ... associate producer

Music by

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Dennis Bovell

Cinematography by

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Chris Menges

Film Editing by

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Thomas Schwalm

Art Direction by

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Brian Savegar
Ken Wheatley

Makeup Department

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Meinir Jones-Lewis ... makeup artist

Production Management

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Ray Corbett ... production manager
Jennie Raglan ... assistant production manager

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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John Beslow ... second assistant director
Raymond Day ... first assistant director

Art Department

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Celia Barnett ... assistant art director

Sound Department

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Paul Carr ... dubbing mixer
Nicolas Gaster ... dubbing editor (as Nick Gaster)
Edward Tise ... sound mixer

Camera and Electrical Department

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Ronnie Rampton ... gaffer
Steve Tickner ... camera operator

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Daryl Bristow ... wardrobe supervisor

Location Management

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Patrick Cassavetti ... location manager

Music Department

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Dennis Bovell ... music arranger

Script and Continuity Department

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Caroline Sax ... continuity

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Storyline

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Plot Summary

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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Also Known As
  • バビロン (Japan, Japanese title)
Runtime
  • 95 min
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Did You Know?

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Trivia Shaka directed the scene in which he appeared. See more »
Goofs 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 »
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Quotes Alan: Oi!
Blue: What?
Alan: D'you wanna know something?
Blue: What?
Alan: You got too much of this.
[mouth]
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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