The Harder They Come

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The Harder They Come Review


As a piece of Jamaicana, the Jimmy Cliff-starrer The Harder They Come owns a unique place in cinematic history. The film, which introduced America to the sounds of reggae, is a cult classic among Cliff fans. As a movie, sadly, it's pretty poor -- a mismash of urban warfare and Rasta opera -- as Cliff travels to Kingston to try to make it as a musician but ends up thwarted and, naturally, turns to Jamaica's biggest stereotype: Selling pot. Made on a low low budget, director Perry Henzell spent what money he had on all the wrong things, though Cliff's music is of course a standout.


The Harder They Come

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Run time: 120 mins

In Theaters: Friday 5th August 1977

Distributed by: Syndctd Entertainment

Reviews

Contactmusic.com: 2.5 / 5

Rotten Tomatoes: 81%
Fresh: 13 Rotten: 3

IMDB: 7.1 / 10

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Starring: as Ivanhoe "Ivan" Martin, Janet Bartley as Elsa, as Jose, as Pedro, as Preacher, as Hilton, Winston Stona as Detective Ray Jones, Lucia White as Mother, Volair Johnson as Pushcart Boy, Beverly Anderson as Housewife, Clover Lewis as Market Woman, Elijah Chambers as Longa, Prince Buster as DJ at Dance, Ed 'Bim' Lewis as Photographer, Bobby Loban as Fitz, Joanne Dunn as Barmaid, Adrian Robinson as Editor, Don Topping as DJ, Karl Leslie as Freddie, Sandra Redwood as Girl, Ula Fraser as Elsa Friend, Carol Lawes as Elsa Friend, Aston 'Bam' Winter as Drunk, Toots Hibbert as Himself (uncredited)

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