The Harder They Come
(Perry Henzell, 1974, Jamaica, DCP, 105 min)
Thursday, Sep 05 at 07:00PM
In anticipation of Jimmy Cliff's appearance at the Neptune this September, we present the film that launched reggae to an international phenomenon, casting this rhythmic music in an anti-establishment role while also propelling Jimmy Cliff to fame (and this film into the status of a classic).
Ivan, an innocent country boy, comes to the big city of Kingston, Jamaica to make his fame and fortune as a reggae star. Rather than stardom, he finds poverty, betrayal and despair, as he drifts into the lower reaches of the ganja trade and becomes a notorious hitman. For reggae fans, the sound track is of course the highlight, while film lovers will experience The Harder They Come as a legendary, mind-blowing cult movie in Rasta colors.
Northwest Film Forum (View)
1515 12th Ave
Seattle, WA 98122