Jimmy Cliff The Harder They Come (Film & Soundtrack Special Edition) (DVD + CD)
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- Number of Discs: 2
- Rated: R
- Run Time: 2 hours
- Video: Color
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Released: August 22, 2006
- Originally Released: 1973
- Label: Xenon
- Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
Performers, Cast and Crew:
|Performer:||Ras Daniel Hartman, Toots & the Maytals, Janet Barkley, Basil Keane & Carl Bradshaw|
|Directed by||Perry Henzell|
|Edited by||Seicland Anderson, Richard White & John Victor Smith|
|Music by||Toots & the Maytals & Jimmy Cliff|
|Screenwriting by||Perry Henzell & Trevor Rhone|
|Produced by||Perry Henzell|
|Director of Photography:||Frank St. Juste, David McDonald & Peter Jessop|
4 stars out of 4 -- Perry Henzell's 1972 classic made Jimmy cliff a star for his iconic portrayal of Ivan Martin...
The themes present in the film remain particularly relevant in today's climate. Full Review
Ian Thomas Malone
You should by all means see The Harder They Come. There's not even the slightest chance you'll be disappointed. Full Review
Los Angeles Free Press
The Harder They Come for all its populist appeal, though, forces the audience to confront our idea of respectability politics and the value of art in a Caribbean society. Full Review
4 stars out of 5 -- It's elevated to greatness by one thing...an unmatchable reggae-tastic soundtrack.
Perry Henzell emerges a director with a solid visual flair who can mix action and inchoate rage sans excess to give the film a taut pacing and use the local color and a basically predictable tale with a few new twists. Full Review
The movie showcases the development and subsequent frustration of the Jamaican version of the "American Dream." [Full Review in Spanish] Full Review
El Pais (Spain)
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.
- THE HARDER THEY COME screened at the 1972 Venice Film Festival.
- The film was made on a shoestring budget of $400,000.
- The soundtrack includes four songs by Jimmy Cliff as well as music by the Melodians, Toots and the Maytals, the Slickers, and Desmond Dekker.
- The film, which includes heavy violence and many gun fights, was seen by some as anarchist propaganda.
- The police attempted to stop the production of the movie several times during its making.
- THE HARDER THEY COME was reportedly the first Jamaican feature film to be made by Jamaicans.
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