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Fire in Babylon (2010)

TV-14 | | Documentary, Sport | 22 July 2011 (USA)
Feature documentary about the great West Indies cricket team of the 1970's/80's.

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Credited cast:
Richie Benaud ... Himself - Commentator (voice) (archive footage)
Ian Botham ... Himself (archive footage)
Geoffrey Boycott ... Himself - Commentator (voice) (archive footage)
Brian Close ... Himself (archive footage)
Colin Croft ... Himself
Jeffery Dujon ... Himself
... Himself (archive footage)
... Himself
Sunil Gavaskar ... Himself (archive footage)
Lance Gibbs ... Himself
David Gower ... Himself (archive footage)
Gordon Greenidge ... Himself
Tony Greig ... Himself
Desmond Haynes ... Himself
... Himself
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Feature documentary about the great West Indies cricket team of the 1970's/80's.

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Storyville: Fire in Babylon  »

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£107,312 (United Kingdom), 20 May 2011, Limited Release
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The West Indies domination of cricket through the use of aggressive fast bowling lasted for 15 years and resulted in 40 batsmen ending up in hospital. See more »

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Tony Greig: I Intend to make them grovel
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Could You Be Loved
Written by Bob Marley (uncredited)
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If Lagaan were a documentary
6 December 2011 | by See all my reviews

This would be it. A very, very good example of the documentary film art, I think. I was a child in the 70s, and loved watching the matches and players referred to in this film, but had no idea what was going on off the pitch.

Of course the film makers have a point of view they are promoting, but since it's one that was NEVER heard elsewhere, it is certainly fair that they take the chance to provide a different context and some background to the very widely promoted views of the Windies pace attack of the time. The clear connection between the socio-political environment and the players' motivation was fascinating, and the graphic illustration of the shameless and shameful racism and colonial bigotry was illuminating. I can't recommend this film highly enough to any fan of sports documentaries.


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