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