The Harder They Come
40th Anniversary!
Jamaica 1972, 120 min, Digital, Dir: Perry Henzell
Screenings:
  • Friday September 13, 2013 at 11:00PM
  • Sunday September 15, 2013 at 9:00PM

The age-old story of country boy, urban corruption - and a bad end. The guy is Jimmy Cliff, the city is Kingston, the bad business is the reggae industry - and the crime is killing a cop who’s in on the ‘ganja’ trade. The film’s tone is righteously angry, but it doesn’t go for the easy targets: it views Cliff’s image of himself as a hero as ironically as it denounces police violence and missionary-style religion. Along the way, it offers a richly textured picture of Jamaican shanty-town life, composed with a terrific eye for detail. (Time Out)

Blessed with one of the greatest soundtracks of all time, The Harder They Come propelled Jimmy Cliff to international stardom. Today, 40 years later, the film lives on as proof that an authentic story well told can captivate a global audience.

Rating: 18A (18A)
Advisories:
  • Violence
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