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From the producers of Academy Award®-winning films The Last King of Scotland and One Day in September comes the captivating story of the domination of the West Indian cricket team who, with a combination of phenomenal skill and fearless spirit, became one of the greatest teams in sports history.
Told in the words of legendary and revered players including Sir Viv Richards, Michael Holding and Sir Clive Lloyd, FIRE IN BABYLON illustrates how this exceptional team fundamentally changed the sport forever. With their mastery of fast-bowling pitches that sometimes reached 90 miles per hour, they hijacked the genteel game of the privileged elite and replayed it on their own terms.
With impressive archival footage and a robust soundtrack that includes the likes of Bob Marley and the Wailers, Gregory Isaacs, Faithless and Horace Andy, FIRE IN BABYLON celebrates the emancipation of a people through sport, and paints a fascinating picture of an era rooted in sports, politics, pride, anti-colonial fury and music.
- Interview with Director Stevan Riley and Producer John Battsek
A nostalgic look back at one of sport s greatest teams! --Empire
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Riley has assembled all of the prominent names that you might expect to look back on a certain era (most of the footage deals with the mid-seventies to the mid-eighties). It documents that the early team notoriety was as entertainers with no particular talent for the sport and notes that the turning point was when they were decimated by the fast bowl pitches of the Australians. Employing many of the same techniques, the West Indians created a better and more formidable team with four of these notorious fast bowlers. As their reputation grew (both for talent and brutality), they ascended to the heights of cricket.Read more ›
Fire in Babylon features lots of video from the team's rise to cricket power, often with the original sports announcing. It also provides quotes from the players and team captains who fueled the West Indies victories. However, this isn't a sports documentary--not exactly, at least. What Riley sets out to do isn't to show a team working hard to become champions. Instead, he wants to show what happens when they do.
The nations of the West Indies had only recently achieved independence, often with violent clashes. They were also islands, with little common ground. "Could we beat our former masters at the game they created?" one player asks; the answer was yes, demonstrated in a 1985 test match against England. The rise of the cricket team brought unity to the region and encouraged the islands' emerging culture, a message hit home by Bunny Wailer of Bob Marley and the Wailers, who offers frequent commentary. Eventually, the team was a symbol of black power in Africa as well.
The picture quality is highly variable; some of those old cricket videos are full of scratches and spots.Read more ›
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Great documentary on the development of cricket in the Caribbean. Great for that sports enthusiast.Published 6 days ago by Fisherman's friend
Excellent coverage of the rise of Windies cricket in the 1970s and 1980sPublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
One of the best documentaries on cricket I have seen so far. I feel a gist of personal and family life of the players is the only thing missing.Published 2 months ago by Abhishek Bhattacharyya
Brilliant. Absolutely brilliant movie! Loved the way the story of that wonderful team was potrayed.
The CD arrived within the stipulated shipping times and in mint... Read more
For most Caribbean or island folks who are passionate about their country and team, will find this documentary moving. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Saidah Henderson
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Kanhai, Wes Hall and Collie Smith from the 1950's and 60's paved the way for the dominance of West Indies cricket in the 1970's - a... Read more
What's an excellent documentary about the West Indies cricket team.Published 6 months ago by Marcus John