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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.


Stevan Riley


Stevan Riley

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Credited cast:
Richie Benaud Richie Benaud ... Himself - Commentator (voice) (archive footage)
Ian Botham ... Himself (archive footage)
Geoffrey Boycott Geoffrey Boycott ... Himself - Commentator (voice) (archive footage)
Brian Close Brian Close ... Himself (archive footage)
Colin Croft Colin Croft ... Himself
Jeffery Dujon Jeffery Dujon ... Himself
David Frost ... Himself (archive footage)
Joel Garner ... Himself
Sunil Gavaskar ... Himself (archive footage)
Lance Gibbs Lance Gibbs ... Himself
David Gower David Gower ... Himself (archive footage)
Gordon Greenidge Gordon Greenidge ... Himself
Tony Greig Tony Greig ... Himself
Desmond Haynes Desmond Haynes ... Himself
Michael Holding ... Himself


Feature documentary about the great West Indies cricket team of the 1970's/80's.

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Documentary | Sport


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Release Date:

22 July 2011 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Storyville: Fire in Babylon See more »

Filming Locations:

Bridgetown, Barbados See more »


Box Office

Opening Weekend:

£107,312 (United Kingdom), 20 May 2011, Limited Release
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Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


The bowler featured at the very beginning is Jason Holder, appointed captain of the West Indian ODI side in late 2014. See more »


Tony Greig: I Intend to make them grovel
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Get up, Stand up
Written by Bob Marley and Peter Tosh
Performed by Bob Marley & The Wailers
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Great music and exciting cricket
27 May 2011 | by ScoFilmSee all my reviews

An excellent snapshot of an era in which the West Indies turned cricket's traditional order on its head and gave it all a soundtrack too through reggae music. It is told almost entirely through the viewpoint of the team members with the occasional burst of pride from musicians and poets, mainly through song and notably Bunny Wailer provides some excellent insight into the pride the islands took in their united team.

There was plenty said about the team by the (foreign to them) press and commentators as they raced to the top of test cricket but not so much credit so I think the film's solely West Indies angle is justified. The film also explores the legacy of prejudice that the West Indies team did much to expose. Corporal Jones always maintained that "they don't like it up them" and Holding, Garner, Roberts and Croft proved that it was true of us too. Croft's decision to tour Apartheid South Africa is given to the viewer to judge. Respect was earned and cricket changed with it. It may be a one sided view but you leave with no doubt that the helmet-less and pad-scant men that stood up to such bowling were brave souls too.

Great music, audience maturity respected, wince-inducing footage, some laughs and Sir Vivian Richards. An hour and a half well spent for me.

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