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The Harder They Come

Seminal Jamaican drama about a country boy who heads for Kingston hoping to make it as a singer - but his musical career only begins to take off when he turns to a life of crime.

Seminal Jamaican drama about a country boy who heads for Kingston hoping to make it as a singer - but his musical career only begins to take off when he turns to a life of crime. His first record only becomes a hit when he has to go on the run as a cop killer and folk hero. Featuring a reggae soundtrack with songs from Jimmy Cliff, Toots and the Maytals and Desmond Dekker.

1 hour, 39 minutes

Last on

Sat 29 Oct 2016 23:30

Music Played

Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes

  • 00:02

    Desmond Dekker

    You Can Get It If You Really Want

  • 00:08

    The Melodians

    Rivers Of Babylon

  • 00:13

    Toots & The Maytals

    Pressure Drop

  • 00:16

    Jimmy Cliff

    Many Rivers To Cross

  • 00:25

    Desmond Dekker & The Aces

    007 (Shanty Town)

  • 00:32

    Toots, The Maytals

    Ettie

  • 00:32

    Toots & The Maytals

    Sweet And Dandy

  • 00:45

    Freundeskreis

    20 $ Skit

  • 00:47

    Freundeskreis

    Hit Skit

  • 00:52

    Rascalz

    Priceless

  • 00:52

    Klashnekoff

    Chruch Intro (Clean Version)

  • 00:56

    The Slickers

    Johnny Too Bad

  • 01:11

    Damian Marley

    Harder (Interlude)

  • 01:12

    Toots & The Maytals

    Pressure Drop

  • 01:18

    Jimmy Cliff

    You Can Get It If You Really Want

  • 01:21

    [Cj Lewis Cover Titled "Bad Bwoy".]

    007 Shanty Town

  • 01:21

    Desmond Dekker

    007

  • 01:29

    Jimmy Cliff

    Sitting In Limbo

Credits

Role Contributor
Ivan Martin Jimmy Cliff
Elsa Janet Bartley
Jose Carl Bradshaw
Pedro Ras Daniel Hartman
Preacher Basil Keane
Hilton Bob Charlton
Detective Ray Jones Winston Stona
Mother Lucia White
Director Perry Henzell
Writer Trevor Rhone
Writer Perry Henzell

Broadcasts

  • Mon 4 Jun 2007 00:10
  • Sat 29 Oct 2016 22:30
  • Sat 29 Oct 2016 23:30