The Harder They Come (1972)
Average Rating: 7.3/10
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Reggae star Jimmy Cliff is the principal reason that The Harder They Come was one of the first truly successful films to come out of Jamaica. Cliff plays Ivan, a young would-be singer who finds the going rough when he hits the big city of Kingston. Jailed for participating in a knife fight, Ivan is exploited by a dishonest record-company executive upon his release. Turning his back on the establishment, Ivan becomes involved in the marijuana trade. He keeps the police at arm's length by offering
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Atrocious acting, amateurish camerawork and a hackneyed story line all make for one painful slog.
Perry Henzell's 1972 rugged reggae crime story--loosely based on a '40s-era Jamaican folk hero/criminal--plays like a musically-inspired docudrama of the raw social reality of the impoverished island nation in the '70s.
Packed with indelible images and potent subtexts (and great songs), this isn't just another bridge between Godard and MTV.
OK story, fabulous music by Jimmy Cliff
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