The Harder They Come

The Harder They Come (1972)

With a Piece in His Hand He Takes on the Man!

  • Genre: Crime, Drama, Music
  • Release Date: 1972-09-01
  • User Rating: 6.6/10 from 99 ratings
  • Runtime: 1h 43min
  • Language: English
  • Production Company: International Films
  • Production Country: Jamaica
  • Director: Perry Henzell
star 6.6/10
From 99 Ratings


Ivanhoe Martin arrives in Kingston, Jamaica, looking for work and, after some initial struggles, lands a recording contract as a reggae singer. He records his first song, "The Harder They Come," but after a bitter dispute with a manipulative producer named Hilton, soon finds himself resorting to petty crime in order to pay the bills. He deals marijuana, kills some abusive cops and earns local folk hero status. Meanwhile, his record is topping the charts.

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  • Jimmy Cliff

    as Ivanhoe "Ivan" Martin
  • Janet Bartley

    as Elsa
  • Carl Bradshaw

    as Jose
  • Ras Daniel Hartman

    as Pedro
  • Basil Keane

    as Preacher
  • Bob Charlton

    as Hilton
  • Winston Stona

    as Detective Ray Jones
  • Lucia White

    as Mother
  • Volair Johnson

    as Pushcart Boy
  • Beverly Anderson

    as Housewife
  • Clover Lewis

    as Market Woman
  • Elijah Chambers

    as Longa
  • Prince Buster

    as DJ at Dance
  • Ed 'Bim' Lewis

    as Photographer
  • Bobby Loban

    as Fitz
  • Joanne Dunn

    as Barmaid
  • Don Topping

    as DJ
  • Karl Leslie

    as Freddie
  • Sandra Redwood

    as Girl
  • Ula Fraser

    as Elsa Friend
  • Carol Lawes

    as Elsa Friend
  • Aston 'Bam' Winter

    as Drunk
  • Toots Hibbert

    as Himself
  • Adrian Robinson

    as Editor
  • Franco Nero

    as Django (archive footage)
Editing John Victor-Smith Editor
Crew Peter Jessop Cinematography
Sound Jimmy Cliff Music
Directing Perry Henzell Director
Production Perry Henzell Producer
Writing Perry Henzell Writer
Production Jeff Scheftel Producer
Production Chris Blackwell Executive Producer
Sound Desmond Dekker Music
Writing Trevor D. Rhone Writer
Crew David McDonald Cinematography
Art Sally Henzell Art Direction
Editing Richard White Editor
Crew Franklyn St Juste Cinematography
Editing Reicland Anderson Editor
Sound The Slickers Music
Sound Bob Povey Sound
Sound Burning Spear Sound