Fire in Babylon Reviews

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September 23, 2011
A sparkling - if perhaps somewhat nostalgic - documentary about the transformation of the West Indies "calypso" style of cricket in the 1970s, resulting in a team that dominated the game around the world
August 13, 2011
Like all great documentaries, Fire in Babylon transcends its immediate subject matter to be a film with universal appeal.
August 1, 2011
An invaluable lesson that there can be social consequences attached to playing a sport without a conscience even if you're the best around at throwing, whacking or catching a ball. Just ask Muhammad Ali.
July 22, 2011
It all adds up to an entertaining 88 minutes, despite the film's ramshackle construction and its once-over-lightly approach to political, cultural and athletic history.
July 19, 2011
Riley shrewdly maintains focus on how the players co-opted the merciless tactics of their invective-hurling adversaries for their own, and the region's, self-actualization.
June 10, 2011
Director Stevan Riley perhaps pushes the team's wider political significance a little too hard, but his film's well-chosen mix of talking heads and match footage allows the team's sporting achievement to speak for itself.
May 25, 2011
Through the breathless intercutting of stunning still photography and wince-inducing TV replays, the film perfectly captures the aggression and grace of Lloyd's men.
May 23, 2011
Compelling enough even for those with no interest in the sport.
May 23, 2011
It's a rousing film about ex-colonials uniting to assert their pride and to recover a dignity that continued to be denied them by the English and Australians.
May 20, 2011
This absorbing documentary, using interviews and contemporary footage, sets their ascendancy within the wider context of black consciousness and the emancipation from colonial rule.
May 20, 2011
Not so much triumphalist as upbeat, saucy rather than slick, Fire in Babylon is the kind of film that makes you proud to be a human being.
May 19, 2011
Though hampered a little by a paucity of match footage, forthright interviews with the key performers - Viv Richards, Colin Croft, Andy Roberts, Lloyd himself - provide detailed insight...
May 19, 2011
You don't need to know your silly mid off from your square leg to enjoy Fire in Babylon, a riveting account of the glory days of West Indian cricket.
May 19, 2011
As vibrant and exuberant as the subject deserves.
May 19, 2011
This documentary about the 1970s-1980s West Indies cricket team may seem like it would be specific for fans of the sport. But by looking at the bigger picture, the film finds a lot to say about the world beyond the sport.
May 19, 2011
Cricket fans of recent vintage may question whether any side could match the dominance of the Australian team from the late 1990s onwards, but this engrossing documentary may change that view.
May 18, 2011
No one could watch this without being struck by the intensity of the way these men played. Here they recall those times with striking charm and wit. These are happy men.
May 16, 2011
It powerfully demonstrates how the successes of these sportsmen, in a game associated with white colonial superiority, proved inspirational in the global struggle for black equality.
May 16, 2011
A treat for cricket fans who'll thrill to this nostalgic look back at one of sport's greatest teams.
May 4, 2011
Like all the great sports films, [Fire in Babylon] isn't really about sports at all.
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