• Film

The Harder They Come


Time Out says

The age-old story of country boy, urban corruption, and a bad end. The guy is Jimmy Cliff, the city is Kingston, the bad business is the reggae industry, and the crime is killing a cop who's in on the 'ganja' trade. The film's tone is righteously angry, but it doesn't go for the easy targets: it views Cliff's image of himself as a hero as ironically as it denounces police violence and missionary-style religion. Along the way, it offers a richly textured picture of Jamaican shanty-town life, composed with a terrific eye for detail. The action is as gutsy as the well-integrated score, which makes the movie's Hollywood-style gloss a little anomalous, but the basic humour and toughness emerge unscathed.

Release Details

  • Duration:110 mins

Cast and crew

  • Director:Perry Henzell
  • Screenwriter:Perry Henzell, Trevor D Rhone
  • Cast:
    • Jimmy Cliff
    • Carl Bradshaw
    • Basil Keane
    • Janet Bartley
    • Winston Stona
    • Bobby Charlton
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