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Rockers (1980)




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In this film, Larry "Horsemouth" Walker, who has been a drummer in reggae bands, decides to try and give his fellow musicians an even break by becoming a record distributor. When local gangsters rip him off and stop his music venture cold, his fellow musicians decide to rob the robbers.
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Leroy Wallace
as Horsemouth
Richard Hall
as Dirty Harry
Monica Craig
as Madgie
Marjorie Norman
as Sunshine
Gregory Isaacs
as Jah Tooth
Burning Spear
as Burning Spear
Frank Dowding
as Kiddus I
Manley Buchanan
as Big Youth
Lester Bullocks
as Dillinger
Ashley Harris
as Higher
Peter Honiball
as Honeyball
Leroy Smart
as Himself
L. Lindo
as Jack Ruby
Trevor Douglas
as Leggo Beast
Herman Davis
as Bongo Herman
Raymond Hall
as Jeep Man
Junior Wilby
as Natty Majesty
Errol Brown
as Natty Garfield
Berris Simpson
as Prince Hammer
Theophilus Beckford
as Easy Snapping
Phylip Richards
as John Dread
Bynn Wailer
as Bunny
Peter Tosh
as Himself
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Critic Reviews for Rockers

All Critics (6) | Top Critics (3)

An excellent soundtrack, and an endearingly witty script which digresses through explanations of the Rasta faith and countless idiosyncratic solidarity rituals, make for a delightful piece of whimsy.

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Rockers is heavily didactic about the tenets of Rastafarianism, but it's also lighthearted, offering much the same dichotomy reggae music does.

January 15, 2005
New York Times
Top Critic

Sounds from the golden age of reggae pulse through this breezy 1978 drama.

Full Review… | July 28, 2002
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

The sheer life in Rockers has survived well.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000

Rockers spins realist connections from de Sica to Shaft.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
San Francisco Examiner

Audience Reviews for Rockers


i'm only about 35 minutes in and i'm telling you this rules completely. unless you hate reggae, in which case we probably should not be friends. holy fucking shit. if you don't like this you are probably an asshole.

Gregory Collins
Gregory Collins

The classic 1970's reggae film. Crammed full of Jamaican musicians, the soundtrack is great, and the story line is simple enough to follow even if you don't understand the heavy accents, tho i watched it with a cute reggae musician so I got it translated anyway. And of course there's a very smart walking montage to practice at home afterwards.

Lesley N
Lesley N

Super Reviewer

Jah guide and protect I against all foe. Rockers' Rastafarian dialog provides insight into life as a musician in Jamaican culture. Featuring irie music by Burning Spear, Inner Cirlce, Maytones, and Peter Tosh.

Matthew Spewak
Matthew Spewak

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