In the pantheon of great music-related movies, Perry Henzell‘s The Harder They Come stands tall. The Jamaica-set film stars reggae star Jimmy Cliff as an aspiring songwriter who arrives in Kingston, Jamaica only to be drawn into crime, and is set to one of the all-time great soundtracks. That soundtrack, in fact, was instrumental in bringing reggae to global attention. Even those who emerged from college with a total disdain for reggae thanks to over-exposure to the same ten party songs could probably find something to love by discovering this soundtrack in context with the film.
So The Harder They Come is a pretty daunting remake prospect. It has stymied some would-be producers in the past, but now Sting’s wife Trudi Styler and a Bob Marley scholar are working together to remake or, re-invent the film. Read More »