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The Harder They Come

Opens on July 1

Director: Perry Henzell Run Time: 103 min. Format: DCP Release Year: 1972

Starring: Basil Keane, Carl Bradshaw, Janet Bartley, Jimmy Cliff, Ras Daniel Hartman

Screenwriter: Trevor D. Rhone, Perry Henzell

Producer: Perry Henzell

With a piece in his hand, he takes on the man! The epochal cultural moment that first brought reggae to the international stage, made Jimmy Cliff a star and demonstrated how music can change the world.

Fifty years on, The Harder They Come is still electric with the feeling of discovery.  This Scarface-y blend of crime drama and musical tracks Cliff’s country-boy-in-search-of-fame through Jamaica under the guises of laborer, recording artist, convict, ganja dealer, and outlaw folk hero.

Before The Harder They Come, the collective perception of a “foreign film” was limited to the Bergmans and the Kurosawas of the world. This game-changer forever blew those doors off — and it still hasn’t lost a drop of its cool, its edge, or its way of making you dance.


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