The Harder They Come isn't just a film, it's an experience.... after you've seen it, you'll know what all the fuss is about.— Images
The 1973 U.S. launch of The Harder They Come led to twenty straight years of cannabis-smoke filled midnight-screenings around the world, and the film has gone on to become one of the best regarded independent features of all time. For 40 years critics and audiences from all walks of life have sung the praises of this gritty, groundbreaking film that brought reggae music to the international stage, made Jimmy Cliff a star worldwide, and demonstrated that music and art can change the world.
Reggae legend Jimmy Cliff stars as Ivan an aspiring young singer who leaves his rural village for the capital city of Kingston hoping to make a name for himself. Robbed of his money and possessions his first day in town, he records a song for an unscrupulous music mogul who exploits naïve hopefuls. When the song becomes a hit and he is not paid, the simple country boy turns outlaw; at war with both the police and rivals in the ganja trade while he rises to the top of the pop charts ...and the most-wanted lists.
The SF Chronicle has identified that this film is second only to The Rocky Horror Picture Show in having the longest consecutive theatrical run in the U.S.
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