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The Harder They Come

The Harder They Come

The Harder They Come

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1977 / 120min / DCP



Star Jimmy Cliff holds down both the screen and the soundtrack in this rude-boy cult classic, Jamaica’s first feature film, which draws on the legend of folk hero prison escapee Ivanhoe “Rhygin” Martin. Cliff plays Ivan, a bumpkin naif freshly arrived in Kingston with dreams of making it as a singer who soon enough acquires a new skintight wardrobe, the nickname “Pretty Boy,” and a hit single—though none of the profits, thanks to a corrupt record exec. Shafted by the system, Ivan goes on the offensive, and with the music of DJ Scotty and Desmond Dekker behind him, guns-blazing rebellion has never sounded so good.

A Shout! Factory and American Genre Film Archive release.