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The Harder They Come (1972)

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Wishing to become a successful Reggae singer, a young Jamaican man finds himself tied to corrupt record producers and drug pushers.

Director:

Perry Henzell
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jimmy Cliff ... Ivanhoe "Ivan" Martin
Janet Bartley Janet Bartley ... Elsa
Carl Bradshaw Carl Bradshaw ... Jose Smith
Ras Daniel Hartman Ras Daniel Hartman ... Pedro
Basil Keane Basil Keane ... Preacher
Bob Charlton Bob Charlton ... Hilton
Winston Stona Winston Stona ... Detective Ray Jones
Lucia White Lucia White ... Mother
Volair Johnson Volair Johnson ... Pushcart Boy
Beverly Anderson Beverly Anderson ... Housewife
Clover Lewis Clover Lewis ... Market Woman
Elijah Chambers Elijah Chambers ... Longa
Prince Buster Prince Buster ... DJ at Dance
Ed 'Bim' Lewis Ed 'Bim' Lewis ... Photographer
Bobby Loban Bobby Loban ... Fitz
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A remake of the 1972 film, where an aspiring Reggae singer gets tangled up in dangerous business, becoming Jamiaca's most-wanted man in the process.

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With dreams of becoming a successful Reggae singer, a young Jamaican man finds corruption from his record producers and the drug pushers they're connected to. Rather than fail his dreams Ivan lets nothing stand in his way, not even the law. Written by Daniel Jos. Leary

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He Makes Women and the Charts and is on top with both. See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Music

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Trivia

This film is part of the Criterion Collection, spine #83. See more »

Quotes

[Ivan is fighting his boss over a bike]
Ivan Martin: You want dead? I will kill you, clot!
[he punctuates these words with knife-blows to his boss's face:]
Ivan Martin: Don't! Fuck! With! Me!
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Alternate Versions

The 25th Anniversary re-release cuts out the following scenes:
  • The dinner with the Minister.
  • Fixing the Bicycle.
  • Part of the movie theater scene where Ivan sees Jimmy Cagney stand off cops with empty guns.
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Connections

Referenced in Mystery Science Theater 3000: Hobgoblins (1998) See more »

Soundtracks

Johnny Too Bad
Performed by The Slickers
Composed by Hylton Bexford, Winston Bailey, Sydney Crooks and Derric Crooks
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Real, raw and a part of my life forever.
22 November 2005 | by divergent-thinkingSee all my reviews

This film is a perfect example of the Jamican city struggle, this film is a real depiction of Jamaican people. Technically it is poorly shot and edited, but if you can look past these issues you will have a greater understanding of Jamaican people, the struggles faced and a realization of how the ghettos developed. I lived in Kingston Jamaica in the 80s as a youth, through innocents I loved every part of Jamaica the music, food, people, beaches and weather but not the history or politics which a later learned more about. Jamaica has developed a society through mislead innocents of the youth, selfish politicians who cared for money and power created what Jamaica is today. Imagine coming in from the country as so many did in the 60's & 70's and learning the only work you could find was selling drugs or robbing, Oh no you wouldn't do that? but when a human being begins to starve they will do almost anything to survive it is instinct. This movie is about exactly that survivalist instinct and tendencies.


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Country:

Jamaica

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 April 1976 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

The Harder They Come See more »

Filming Locations:

Kingston, Jamaica See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (TV)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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