Jimmy Cliff in The Harder They Come

Part of Play This Movie Loud!
Saturday, May 25, 2013, 5:00 p.m.

Dir. Perry Henzell. 1972, 120 mins. 35mm. With Jimmy Cliff, Janet Bartley, Carl Bradshaw.
Jamaica’s first feature-length film transformed reggae from a regional genre into an international sensation. Combining gritty realism with a killer soundtrack, The Harder They Come follows Ivanhoe Martin as he moves to Kingston from the countryside to pursue his dream of being a big-time singer. He soon learns the harsh truths of the streets—and when he finds himself on the wrong side of the law, he also finds that he has become a modern-day folk hero.

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