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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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Richie Benaud ...
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Geoffrey Boycott ...
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Sunil Gavaskar ...
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Feature documentary about the great West Indies cricket team of the 1970's/80's.

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£107,312 (United Kingdom), 20 May 2011, Limited Release
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The bowler featured at the very beginning is Jason Holder, appointed captain of the West Indian ODI side in late 2014. See more »

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Tony Greig: I Intend to make them grovel
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The forging of a cultural identity
25 January 2016 | by See all my reviews

This documentary primarily concerns itself with the rise of all conquering West Indian team of 1970s and 80s but then goes on to show how a sporting team managed to become the icons of a people longing for their own cultural identity at the world's stage.

The Caribbean, long oppressed by the British empire which had left it in a tumultuous state with the black population feeling the racism worldwide. From the black power movement in the USA to the anti apartheid protests in South Africa , the islanders felt brotherhood with them and searched longingly for anything that could inspire them and make them feel equal to other peoples of the world.

This is where the legendary W.Indies team arises from the idyllic beaches of the Caribbean. A team initially ridiculed playing for fun, things change dramatically when a leader emerges who forges a world beating team after learning from other superior teams. This team then goes on a run which has not been equaled by any other team in any other sport.

What is important is the sense of worth that it instills in the people of the Caribbean who were until then living in the shadows of their masters they so perceived. A brilliant historical account no less, this documentary will be cherished by the Islanders.


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