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The Harder They Come (1972)

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  • Clip: Sweet and Dandy

Movie Info & Cast

Synopsis

Reggae legend Jimmy Cliff stars as Ivan Martin, an aspiring young singer who leaves his rural village for the capital city of Kingston, Jamaica hoping to make a name for himself. Robbed of his money and possessions his first day in town, he finds work with a self-righteous, bullying preacher and an unscrupulous music mogul who exploits naïve hopefuls. In desperation the simple country boy turns outlaw, at war with both the police and his rivals in the ganja trade. Ivan's dream of stardom soon becomes a reality as he rises to the top of the pop charts and the most-wanted lists. This gritty, groundbreaking film brought reggae music to the international stage, made Jimmy Cliff a star worldwide.

Cast

  • Jimmy Cliff
  • Janet Bartley
  • Carl Bradshaw
  • Ras Daniel Hartman
  • Basil Keane
  • Bob Charlton
  • Winston Stona
  • Lucia White
  • Volair Johnson
  • Beverly Anderson

Did You Know?

Trivia

  • First feature film produced in Jamaica.
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Quotes

    • [title song]
    • Ivan Martin: and the oppressors are trying to keep me down /T rying to drive me underground / And they think that they have got the battle won / I say, "Forgive them, Lord, they know not what they've done," / For as sure as the Sun will shine / I'm going to get my share now, what's mine and the harder they come, the harder they fall, one and all.
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