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Encyclopedia > The Harder They Come
The Harder They Come
Directed by Perry Henzell
Written by Perry Henzell
Trevor D. Rhone
Starring Jimmy Cliff
Release date(s) Flag of Italy 1972 (premiere at Venice Film Festival)
Flag of United States February 8, 1973
Running time 120 min.
Language English
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The Harder They Come is a 1972 Jamaican crime film directed by Perry Henzell. It stars reggae singer Jimmy Cliff, who plays Ivanhoe Martin, a character based on Rhygin, a real life Jamaican criminal who achieved fame in the 1940s. Image File history File links TheHarderTheyCome. ... Perry Henzell (born 1936 in Port Maria, Jamaica died November 30,2006) is most famous for being the director of the first Jamaican feature film, 1972s The Harder They Come. ... Jimmy Cliff, real name James Chambers OM (Jamaica) (born April 1, 1948, in St Catherine, Jamaica) is a Jamaican reggae musician, best known among mainstream audiences for songs like Sittin in Limbo, You Can Get It If You Really Want and Many Rivers to Cross from The Harder They Come... Image File history File links Flag_of_Italy. ... 1972 (MCMLXXII) was a leap year starting on Saturday. ... The Venice Film Festival (it: Mostra Internazionale dArte Cinematografica) is the oldest Film Festival in the World (began in the 1932) and takes place every year in late August/early September on the Lido di Venezia in the historic Palazzo del Cinema on the Lungomare Marconi, in Venice, Italy. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... February 8 is the 39th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1973 (MCMLXXIII) was a common year starting on Monday. ... The English language is a West Germanic language that originates in England. ... // Top grossing films The Godfather Fiddler on the Roof Diamonds Are Forever Whats Up, Doc?, starring Barbra Streisand and Ryan ONeal Dirty Harry The Last Picture Show A Clockwork Orange Cabaret, starring Liza Minnelli The Hospital Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex Academy Awards Best Picture... A crime film, in its most general sense, is a film that deals with crime, criminal justice and the darker side of human nature. ... Perry Henzell (born 1936 in Port Maria, Jamaica died November 30,2006) is most famous for being the director of the first Jamaican feature film, 1972s The Harder They Come. ... This article does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Jimmy Cliff, real name James Chambers OM (Jamaica) (born April 1, 1948, in St Catherine, Jamaica) is a Jamaican reggae musician, best known among mainstream audiences for songs like Sittin in Limbo, You Can Get It If You Really Want and Many Rivers to Cross from The Harder They Come... The Harder They Come is a 1972 Jamaican crime film directed by Perry Henzell. ... Famed Jamaican outlaw Ivanhoe Rhygin Martin, died of gunshot wounds sustained during a shootout with police officers on September 9, 1948, in Lime Cay, Jamaica. ... The 1940s decade ran from 1940 to 1949. ...

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Synopsis

Ivanhoe Martin is a poor Jamaican man in search of a job before finally getting one as a reggae singer. Upon the verge of a hit record, he discovers the only way he can get a hit record is by signing away the rights, whereupon he turns to a life of dealing marijuana. Retail selling Street selling is the bottom of the chain and can be accomplished through purchasing from prostitutes, through cloaked retail stores or refuse houses for users in the act located in red-light districts which often also deal in paraphernalia, dealers marketing merriment at night clubs and other events...


Reception

The Harder They Come was released in February 1973 in New York City by Roger Corman's New World Pictures to little attention. It became more popular when it was played to midnight audiences nationwide the following April. 1973 (MCMLXXIII) was a common year starting on Monday. ... New York, NY redirects here. ... Roger Corman. ... // New World Communications Company Info •This company no longer exists. ... Midnight movies were popular in the 1970s and early 1980s, before VCRs became readily available; showings typically began at midnight, hence the name. ...


The film is referenced in the Clash song "Guns of Brixton" and also in their song "Safe European Home". In 2005, it was developed into a stage musical by the Theatre Royal Stratford East and UK Arts Productions in London. Adapted by Henzell himself, it opened on 25 March 2006. The Clash were an English rock band who were active from 1976 to 1986. ... The Guns of Brixton is a song by The Clash on their third album, London Calling released in 1979. ... The Theatre Royal Stratford East is a theatre in Stratford, London, which opened in 1884. ... March 25 is the 84th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (85th in leap years). ... For the Manfred Mann album, see 2006 (album). ...


The soundtrack to the film is considered as the breakthrough for reggae in the United States. While the sales were initially low, the lasting influence of the music still lives on in today's music. The soundtrack to the film The Harder They Come was released in 1973 (see 1973 in music). ...


Title song

The film played a major part in bringing reggae to America, and the title song was a popular single: in 2004, it was ranked #341 on Rolling Stone's list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time. Jerry Garcia performed the song frequently from 1973 until his death. Keith Richards of The Rolling Stones covered it in 1979 as a B-side to the Christmas single "Run Rudolph Run". Johnny Thunders' and Wayne Kramer's short-lived band Gang War performed the song live on the Channel Club in Boston, USA, on June 20, 1980. Willie Nelson covered it on his 2005 reggae album, Countryman, which originally appeared with a pot leaf on the cover of the CD; the release of Nelson's version was accompanied by a video filmed on location in Jamica. Joe Strummer and the Mescaleros (led by the former Clash frontman) frequently covered the title song as the finale of their live shows, and they also recorded a cover with the Long Beach Dub All-Stars and Tipper Irie that appeared on the "Free the West Memphis 3" benefit cd. It has also been covered by Rancid. The song is the entrance music for heavyweight boxer Samuel Peter. Motto: (Out Of Many, One) (traditional) In God We Trust (1956 to date) Anthem: The Star-Spangled Banner Capital Washington D.C. Largest city New York City None at federal level (English de facto) Government Federal constitutional republic  - President George Walker Bush (R)  - Vice President Dick Cheney (R) Independence from... This article is about the magazine. ... ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Keith Richards (a. ... “Rolling Stones” redirects here. ... Run Rudolph Run (sometimes referred to as Run Run Rudolph) is a Christmas song sung by Chuck Berry, written by Johnny Marks and Marvin Brodie. ... Johnny Thunders Johnny Thunders, born John Anthony Genzale, Jr (July 15, 1952 - April 23, 1991), was a rock and roll guitarist and singer, first with the New York Dolls, the proto-punk glam rockers of the early 70s. ... Wayne Kramer is the guitarist for MC5. ... June 20 is the 171st day of the year (172nd in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 194 days remaining. ... 1980 (MCMLXXX) was a leap year starting on Tuesday. ... Willie Hugh Nelson (born April 30, 1933) is an American entertainer and songwriter, born and raised in Abbott, Texas. ... Countryman 10 years in the making, Willie Nelsons first ever reggae album merges the gospel and spirit found in both country and reggae. ... The Mescaleros were the backing band for Joe Strummer for three albums prior to his death in 2002. ... Rancid is a punk band formed in 1991 in Berkeley, California, by Matt Freeman and Tim Armstrong. ... Samuel Okon Peter, nicknamed The Nigerian Nightmare, is a heavyweight boxer who is considered by many to be one of the hardest punchers in the heavyweight division. ...


See also

The soundtrack to the film The Harder They Come was released in 1973 (see 1973 in music). ... Rockers is a 1978 Jamaican film. ... Dancehall Queen is a 1997 Jamaican movie starring Audrey Reid who plays Marcia, a street vendor struggling to raise two daughters. ... Third World Cop is a Jamaican film where Capone (Paul Campbell), a loose cannon cop, returns back to his home in Kingston to the special forces. ... Shottas is the Jamaican term for gangsters and hustlers. ... Midnight movies are a once popular phenomenon that started in the early 1970s and largely faded with advent of the VCR in the 1980s. ...

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The Harder They Come is the first film in a lost trilogy that director Henzell had planned; he completed a good deal of footage for his second film, Power Game, but that footage was tragically lost.
The Harder They Come is a unique cult film in the sense that its soundtrack is probably better known than the film itself.
The Harder They Come is now available on DVD from The Criterion Collection in a new widescreen digital transfer (aspect ratio 1.66:1) supervised by writer-director Perry Henzell.
The Harder They Come: The Criterion Collection (1973) (1532 words)
At its heart, The Harder They Come is little more than a gangster movie with a twist, but itÂ’s a raw and fairly vital piece of work.
The Harder They Come appears in an aspect ratio of approximately 1.66:1 on this single-sided, double-layered DVD; the image has not been enhanced for 16X9 televisions.
Though some dislike the lack of spontaneity that comes from this method, I prefer it because it increases the coherency of the tracks and eliminates much of the dead time that can dominate other discussions.
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