The Harder They Come
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With a piece in his hand, he takes on the man! The epochal cultural moment that first brought reggae to the international stage, made Jimmy Cliff a star — and demonstrated how music can change the world.
Fifty years on, The Harder They Come is still electric with the feeling of discovery. This Scarface-y blend of crime drama and musical tracks Cliff’s country-boy-in-search-of-fame through Jamaica under the guises of laborer, recording artist, convict, ganja dealer, and outlaw folk hero.
Before The Harder They Come, the collective perception of a “foreign film” was limited to the Bergmans and the Kurosawas of the world. This game-changer forever blew those doors off — and it still hasn’t lost a drop of its cool, its edge, or its way of making you dance.
Jamaica, 1972, 120 minutes, Rated R, Directed by Perry Henzell
“The definitive post-colonial cult movie musical.”– Melissa Anderson, VILLAGE VOICE
“Timeless and universal…nothing short of amazing.”– LOS ANGELES TIMES
“The action is as gutsy as the well-integrated score…the basic humour and toughness emerge unscathed.”– Tony Rayn, TIME OUT
“A major cinematic event not to be overlooked.”– THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER
"The real reason to see ‘The Harder They Come’ in the first place, even if the film is surprisingly good, is the music.”– Jeffrey M. Anderson, COMBUSTIBLE CELLULOID
“Brash irreverence and direct energy.”– Roger Ebert, CHICAGO SUN-TIMES