2016, Sat, Jul 30

The Harder They Come

D: Perry Henzell, Jamaica 1972, 105 min, OV with German subtitles

The Harder They Come (film still) | © promo

The Harder They Come (film still) | © promo

A cult gangster film featuring music by its star Jimmy Cliff

Freshly arrived in Kingston, Ivan dreams of wealth and fame. His attempt to forge a career as a reggae singer fails. He starts to sell marijuana, but here too others make the real money. Finally, he acquires a gun, gets involved in a squabble with the police and drug bosses, and becomes an infamous popular legend. The first movie made in Jamaica gained a cult following: not just for its social critique, but also for its soundtrack, featuring the film’s starring actor Jimmy Cliff , Toots & the Maytals, and Desmond Dekker.