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Trailer
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The Harder They Come

Runtime
1hr 45mins
Directed by
Perry Henzell
Featuring
Jimmy Cliff,
Janet Barley,
Carl Bradshaw
Body

Boasting some of the greatest music ever produced in Jamaica, The Harder They Come brought the catchy and subversive rhythms of reggae music to the U.S. in the early 1970s.

Featuring a pre-show performance from students of the Brookline Music School!

Ivanhoe Martin (Jimmy Cliff) 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 (Bob Charlton), 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.
 
Restoration courtesy of Shout! Factory and the American Genre Film Archive.

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