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The Harder They Come

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Ivanhoe Martin (Jimmy Cliff) arrives in Kingston, Jamaica, looking for work and, after some initial struggles, lands a recording contract as a reggae singer. Wishing to become successful, Ivanhoe finds himself tied to corrupt record producers and drug pushers.
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Rough 'n' ready but also rather wonderful.
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Atrocious acting, amateurish camerawork and a hackneyed story line all make for one painful slog.
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Perry Henzell's 1972 rugged reggae crime story--loosely based on a '40s-era Jamaican folk hero/criminal--plays like a musically-inspired docudrama of the raw social reality of the impoverished island nation in the '70s.
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The definitive postcolonial cult-movie musical.
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Whatever the film's shortcomings, though, the music is superb.
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The Harder They Come is always exuberant, and sometimes strong, as casually surprising and effortlessly sinister as the blade sliding out of a gravity knife.
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A gritty, realistic view of urban Jamaica that reveals the squalor of shantytowns tourists never see.
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Perry Henzell emerges a director with a solid visual flair who can mix action and inchoate rage sans excess to give the film a taut pacing and use the local color and a basically predictable tale with a few new twists.
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A film so assured and professional that it makes one suspect the presence of a thriving industry that has for years gone unacknowledged in Europe.
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With this 1972 cult hit, Jamaican filmmaker Perry Henzell produced a proud, forthright indictment of national and personal corruption.
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The action is as gutsy as the well-integrated score, which makes the movie's Hollywood-style gloss a little anomalous, but the basic humour and toughness emerge unscathed.
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