The Harder They Come

  • 1973
  • 1 HR 38 MIN
  • R
  • Drama

This outstanding Jamaican feature became a major cult favorite in the US and did much to popularize reggae with its fabulous musical score. Reggae star Jimmy Cliff plays Ivan, a young aspiring singer from the country who arrives in Kingston with high hopes of becoming a recording star. Work is hard to come by, however, and after a rude awakening on the...read more

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Reggae legend Jimmy Cliff stars as Ivan Martin, an aspiring young singer who leaves his rural village for the capital city of Kingston, Jamaica hoping to make a name for himself. Robbed of his money and possessions his first day in town, he finds work with a self-righteous, bullying preacher and an unscrupulous music mogul who exploits naïve hopefuls. In desperation the simple country boy turns outlaw, at war with both the police and his rivals in the ganja trade. Ivan’s dream of stardom soon becomes a reality as he rises to the top of the pop charts and the most-wanted lists. This gritty, groundbreaking film brought reggae music to the international stage, made Jimmy Cliff a star worldwide, and demonstrated that music and art can change the world.

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The Harder They Come - Trailer
00:30 — Reggae legend Jimmy Cliff stars as Ivan Martin, an aspiring young singer who leaves his rural village for the capital city of Kingston, Jamaica hoping (more…)
The Harder They Come - Trailer
02:12 — Reggae legend Jimmy Cliff stars as Ivan Martin, an aspiring young singer who leaves his rural village for the capital city of Kingston, Jamaica hoping (more…)
The Harder They Come - Official Trailer
02:12 — Reggae legend Jimmy Cliff stars as Ivan Martin, an aspiring young singer who leaves his rural village for the capital city of Kingston, Jamaica hoping (more…)
(Movie Clip) On The Run
As fugitive Ivan's hit song plays, a cop sees Ivan's graffiti in the slums, Ivan's producer takes a call, and Ivan himself (Jimmy Cliff) learns to dri (more…)
(Movie Clip) Pressure Drop
Jose (Carl Bradshaw) is pursuing his former friend Ivan (Jimmy Cliff) through the slums of Kingston, with Toots and the Maytals' Pressure Drop in the (more…)
(Movie Clip) Recording
Jimmy Cliff is portraying the hero Ivan in this famous scene depicting the recording of the title song, Cliff's own composition, from The Harder They (more…)
(Movie Clip) Studio Delivery
Ivan (Jimmy Cliff) happens in on Toots and the Maytals' recording of Sweet and Dandy, and schedules his own recording date with producer Hylton (Bobby (more…)
(Movie Clip) Bicycle
Ivan (Jimmy Cliff) races from crime to punishment after he attempts to collect a bicycle in a brutal sequence on Jamaican justice from director Perry (more…)
(Movie Clip) Opening
Ivan (Jimmy Cliff) is introduced on a bus ride into Kingston in director Perry Henzell's ambitious opening to The Harder They Come, 1972, with Cliff's (more…)
(Movie Clip) Mama
Lucia White plays the mother of Ivan (Jimmy Cliff) who brings her important news from the country in this early scene from director Perry Henzell's Th (more…)
The Harder They Come
Reggae legend Jimmy Cliff stars as Ivan Martin, an aspiring young singer who leaves his rural village for the capital city of Kingston, Jamaica hoping (more…)

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  • Released: 1973
  • Rating: R
  • Review: This outstanding Jamaican feature became a major cult favorite in the US and did much to popularize reggae with its fabulous musical score. Reggae star Jimmy Cliff plays Ivan, a young aspiring singer from the country who arrives in Kingston with high hope… (more)

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