The Harder They Come

From The Grindhouse Cinema Database

Main Details

  • Released in 1973
  • Color
  • Running Time: Finland:103 min (TV) | USA:120 min
  • Production Co: International Films Inc.
  • Distribution Co: New World Pictures (1973) (USA) (theatrical) | Succéfilm AB (Sweden) (theatrical)
  • Directed by Perry Henzell
  • Written by Perry Henzell & Trevor D. Rhone
  • Starring Jimmy Cliff, Janet Bartley, Carl Bradshaw
  • Produced by Perry Henzell, Jeff Scheftel (30th Anniversary DVD), Chris Blackwell (uncredited)
  • Original Music by Jimmy Cliff, Desmond Dekker, The Slickers
  • Cinematography by Peter Jessop, David McDonald, Franklyn St. Juste
  • Film Editing by Seicland Anderson, John Victor-Smith, Richard White

Plot Summary

  • Wishing to become a successful Reggae singer, a young Jamaican man finds himself tied to corrupt record producers and drug pushers.

Also Known As

  • Balada Sangrenta (Brazil)
  • Caiga quien caiga (Spain)
  • Hard Road to Travel (Jamaica) (working title) (English title)
  • Kingstonin kovanaama (Finland)
  • Tout, tout de suite (France)


  • dem a loot, dem a shoot, dem a wail in shanty town (British DVD tag-line)
  • With a Piece in His Hand He Takes on the Man!
  • He Makes Women and the Charts and is on top with both.
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