Harder They Come VHS
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Director-producer Perry Henzel's all-Jamaican-made 1973 classic, one of the most beloved and longest-running of all international cult favorites, fiercely expresses the live-wire Jamaican spirit--an impoverished Africa tuned to American radio. The film also incorporates an archetypal passion for "outlaw" justice common to American Westerns, which were a staple of the Caribbean theater circuit at the time. Released just 12 years after Jamaica achieved independence, The Harder They Come also reflects the disenchantment that soon followed a massive post-independence exodus from the island's country hamlets to the tropical ghettos of Kingston, where a more grinding urban poverty awaited. Brilliantly shot, directed, written, and acted, especially by singer Jimmy Cliff in the leading role and Carl Bradshaw as his archenemy, the film tells an anthemic Jamaican story to seductive rhythms of a soundtrack that became a reggae bestseller. Ivan, a country boy who dreams of fame as a singer, rides into Kingston on a rickety country bus in the opening scenes, only to meet with disaster heaped on disaster, always at the hands of those masked as friends. In a breathless defining climax, Ivan finally breaks from his passivity and begins to wreak his revenge. Soon Kingston's music Mafia and the equally corrupt authorities are after him, but like the real-life people's hero (a man named Rhygin) on whom this character is partially based, Ivan leads them on a maddening chase--much to the delight of the people--eluding capture until the movie's shocking final moments. --Elena Oumano
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If you liked the Dirty Harry movies or 1970's Crime films, you'll like "The Harder They Come".
That being said this is an iconic movie that brought on the resurgence of interest in reggae. The soundtrack album is probably even more popular than the movie. I won't spoil the movie by describing the plot but will only say that the nonactors including star Jimmy Cliff are wonderful. This movie portrays the gritty side of Jamaica that tourists rarely see.
The special features section tells how the movie was made, how difficult it was to make, to produce and to distribute, and it's a testament to a few people's dogged persistence to bring out a film made in Jamaica. I enjoyed both parts immensely.
Previous reviewers did well to explain the movie in depth so I wont delve much into the plot. I'll just like to reaffirm that this movie is a good watch. If you ever wanted to see what true poverty is like and what it really is like living in a third world country like Jamaica, I suggest that you see The Harder They Come. Then if you like the Harder they Come see movies like DanceHall Queen and Third World Cop (though those movies don't compare in the least).
The soundtrack is indeed infectious by the way. Even if you aren't a reggae fan. I've seen people turn reggae fans just by watching this movie. The seemless intermingling of music and film is done perfectly in this movie. The soundtrack is one of it's highest points and it does well to amplify the emotion and hardship our protagonist (Ivan)endures. Criterion always releases good movies and this is definately one of them. I give it a solid 4 out of 5 stars.