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The Harder They Come


Jimmy Cliff, Janet Bartley, Carl Bradshaw, Ras Daniel Hartman View All


Perry Henzell (Director), Perry Henzell (Writer), Trevor D. Rhone (Writer) View All

Release: Sep. 1st, 1972
Runtime: 1 hour, 43 minutes
Ivanhoe Martin arrives in Kingston, Jamaica, looking for work and, after some initial struggles, lands a recording contract as a reggae singer. He records his first song, "The Harder They Come," but after a bitter dispute with a manipulative producer named Hilton, soon finds himself resorting to petty crime in order to pay the bills. He deals marijuana, kills some abusive cops and earns local folk hero status. Meanwhile, his record is topping the charts.
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I saw a few very good movies in 2022 but, admitting the possibility of recency bias, I have to say I think The Harder They Come was my favorite first-watch of the year and possibly my favorite film I saw this year.


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