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THE HARDER THEY COME
1972, International Films, 120 min, Jamaica, Dir: Perry Henzell

The world’s first contact with Jamaica and reggae music, before Bob Marley broke big and England fell in love with the sound. Reggae singer Jimmy Cliff stars as Ivan, a country boy who travels to the big city with dreams of recording a song. Turning to a life of crime in desperation, Ivan does achieve his dream of being famous when he becomes Jamaica's most wanted man - and his song becomes a big hit. Director Perry Henzell’s masterpiece uses this odyssey as the basis for a forceful study of corruption of all kinds, all set to a fantastic soundtrack, feeling at times like a musical TAXI DRIVER. Originally released by Roger Corman, THE HARDER THEY COME became a midnight movie sensation and inspired The Clash’s "The Guns of Brixton."


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