The Harder They Come (1972)

  • Cult, Action, Music
  • 1h 43m

“With a piece in his hand, he takes on the man!”

The epochal cultural moment that first brought reggae to the international stage, made Jimmy Cliff a star — and demonstrated how music can change the world.

Fifty years on, THE HARDER THEY COME is still electric with the feeling of discovery. This SCARFACE-y blend of crime drama and musical tracks Cliff’s country-boy-in-search-of-fame through Jamaica under the guises of laborer, recording artist, convict, ganja dealer, and outlaw folk hero.

Before THE HARDER THEY COME, the collective perception of a “foreign film” was limited to the Bergmans and the Kurosawas of the world. This game-changer forever blew those doors off — and it still hasn’t lost a drop of its cool, its edge, or its way of making you dance.

“THE HARDER THEY COME is a landmark work of cinema, a film that helped expand understanding about a corner of the world often ignored.” — Sean Mulvihill,


Perry Henzell








Shout! Factory

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