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Babylon (1981)

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Raw and smoldering, Babylon follows a young dancehall DJ in South London as he pursues his musical ambitions, battling fiercely against the racism and xenophobia of employers, neighbors, police, and the National Front.


  • David N. Haynes
  • Trevor Laird
  • Victor Romero Evans
  • Brian Bovell
  • Archie Pool
  • Brinsley Forde
  • Karl Howman
  • Beverley Michaels
  • Ann Duncan
  • Beverley Dublin

Did You Know?


  • Shaka directed the scene in which he appeared.


  • This is likely to be a 'deliberate error by the film-makers', but in one scene you see two characters putting up a poster advertising a gig. The date shown is Saturday 23rd December (year unspecified). The nearest year that this date fell on was 1978, which is 2 years before the film was released. It is possible that various anachronisms in the film may occur due to this, for example release dates of records, or registration number plates of new cars.
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Mar 6, 2019

An English cousin to the earlier Jamaica-set films The Harder They Come and Rockers that is vastly superior in cinematic terms and just as valuable as a cultural document.

Metacritic review by John DeFore
John DeFore
The Hollywood Reporter
Mar 5, 2019

The lead performances are so genuine and the dialogue, with tones ranging from unbridled glee to utter hatred, is so pure that you think at times that you’re watching a documentary. Babylon is a vivid, though flawed, story that offers no clear villains or angels. Instead, it gives you the truth.

Metacritic review by Candice Frederick
Candice Frederick
Mar 5, 2019

Babylon brims over with life in ways that few films of recent vintage could manage, a movie-moment that remembers when “One Love” was enough to end any argument and calm any troubled waters.

Metacritic review by Roger Moore
Roger Moore
Movie Nation