This jaunty crime drama is a time capsule of Jamaican culture in the early 1970s. The infectious music is coupled with beautiful natural light and on-location shooting (no pun intended). Swift editing, swoosh pans, and shifting focus only add to the sense of realism. I knock the film down one star for the occasional tonal inconsistencies and the narrative's general improbability.
Además de ser un testimonio del campo a la ciudad, "Caiga quien caiga" es también un filme épico. A lo "Scarface" (De Palma), esta película apunta a retratar la aspiración por el sueño, no americano, sino el que está a la línea de la fantasía jamaica, sobre cantantes rastas y líderes gangster. En el tránsito seremos testigos de cómo la moralidad se extravía en el camino y se hereda la sobrevivencia y la codicia.
No one will ever mistake this for great cinema or acting but it's such a great slice of life from a specific time and place. Such star vehicles for musicians that are actorly challenged seldomly work but Jimmy Cliff has such a pleasant screen presence (despite the actions of his character!) that the movie goes by in a breeze! 70's guerilla filmmaking at its best.
Touted as the first film by Jamaicans for Jamaicans, "The Harder They Come perfectly reflected the political climate of the times, when similar forms of anti-government movements were sweeping America and the world. Audiences were ready to identify with a film about a hero who would 'rather be a free man in my grave/Than living as a puppet or a slave.' Especially if you could dance to it." - Michael Dare, Criterion.
Definitely a classic and important film. Not just about raggae music at the height of its popularity in the 70's which came to fruition in the poverty stricken areas of Kingston but also the Rastafarian movement gaining momentum in Jamaica. It's a story of a young man who was in the midst of it all and made poor decisions because of his desire for fame and fortune which got the best of him.
The fact that this film gave us one of the best soundtracks ever is only one reason why its so special. It showed the frustrations of artists in a,at the time,corrupt music industry.All this,part of the desperation of trying to succeed in a cruel world. Jimmy Cliff is in almost every scene,and gives a great performance.And,still today,'Many Rivers To Cross' brings a tear.