Tuesday, December 30, 2008



WWW, December 2008 - Starring Jimmy Cliff as Rhygin, The Harder They Come tells the story of Jamaica's Robin Hood (or Al Capone) as he comes to Kingston and grows out to be the talk of the town.

This movie was shot in the 1970's, not quite the time where Rhygin troubled the police on Jamaica. But that doesn't matter, especially not since this movie does more than "just" telling Rhygin's story.

The Harder They Come gives a pretty good insight in Jamaica during the mid 1970's, even though the economical situation hasn't changed much throughout the decades.

Young Jimmy Cliff enters Kingston as his mother died, and get confronted with the high cost of living and huge unemployment. Music, often seen as the other way out of the ghetto, turns out to be inaccessible for talented people due to corruption.

After a long, long attempt to basically get a life, Jimmy Cliff becomes one of Jamaica's legends. Rhygin, seen by one as Robin Hood and by the other as Al Capone, was a pain in the neck for Jamaica's police until they shot him to death.

This great movie tells Rhygin's story, while giving a picture of Jamaica during the 1970's. Essential!


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