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Director: Perry Henzell     Starring: Jimmy Cliff
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Format: DVD
Sku: 215379025
UPC: 000799809822
UPC 14: 00000799809822
Rating: Game Rating Code
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Editor's Note
Reggae music serves as both soundtrack and plot element in THE HARDER THEY COME, a groundbreaking classic starring music legend Jimmy Cliff. Such hits as "You Can Get It If You Really Want," "Many Rivers to Cross," and "Sitting in Limbo," punctuate the film's action, introducing reggae and its Jamaican roots to a worldwide audience. Here, Cliff plays Ivan Martin, a poor country boy who goes to the city to make money, becoming a street rebel and a pop idol overnight. In Kingston, Ivan finds nothing but corruption. The record company offers him a mere $20 to release his single, "The Harder They Come." Ivan takes to the streets, where he is ensnared by crime. After brutally knifing a man, he serves a prison sentence. Once free, he supports himself by selling marijuana, protecting himself from legal persecution by giving the cops a cut. But that doesn't keep him from getting mixed up in a police raid. Ivan quickly develops a reputation as a Kingston criminal, and when his single "The Harder They Come" is finally released, it fuels his bad-boy notoriety, culminating in a tragic conclusion. Perry Henzel's 1973 film has become a cult classic and was an important factor in bringing reggae music to the fore. The movie served as a device for promoting Cliff's album and bringing him visibility as a primary Jamaican artist, on a par with Bob Marley.


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Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Xenon/agro
Video Release Date Release Date: 5/11/2010
Video Play Time Running Time: 105 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 1973
Video UPC UPC: 00000799809822
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

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Video Color Spec Video: Color

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Toots & the Maytals
Video Cast Info Janet Barkley
Video Cast Info Carl Bradshaw
Video Cast Info Basil Keane
Video Cast Info Jimmy Cliff
Video Cast Info Ras Daniel Hartman
Video Cast Info Perry Henzell - Screenwriter
Video Cast Info Perry Henzell - Producer
Video Cast Info John Victor Smith - Editor
Video Cast Info David McDonald - Director of Photography
Video Cast Info Jimmy Cliff - Music
Video Cast Info Sally Henzell - Production Designer
Video Cast Info Toots & the Maytals - Additional Music/Songs
Video Cast Info Richard White - Editor
Video Cast Info Seicland Anderson - Editor
Video Cast Info Frank St. Juste - Director of Photography
Video Cast Info Peter Jessop - Director of Photography
Video Cast Info Trevor Rhone - Screenwriter
Video Cast Info Perry Henzell - Director

Professional Reviews

Entertainment Weekly
"...Movie aficionados appreciate it as the definition of tuffer-than-tuff gangster cool..." 05/23/2003 p.35

"[The film] also works as a scathing attack on police corruption, organised religion and the reggae industry." 12/01/2004 p.58

Rolling Stone
4 stars out of 4 -- "Perry Henzell's 1972 classic made Jimmy cliff a star for his iconic portrayal of Ivan Martin..." 09/07/2006 113

Total Film
4 stars out of 5 -- "It's elevated to greatness by one unmatchable reggae-tastic soundtrack." 07/01/2007 p.117

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