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Brutal & Honest account of what happens to good people,
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This review is from: The Harder They Come [VHS] (VHS Tape)
In my opinion this film gives a very brutal and honest picture of just what people are reduced to when faced with poverty, hunger, humiliation and homelessness. Don't get me wrong, I do not condone or glorify violence. But at the end of the film, I had to ask myself one question. If hunger did not force Ivan to take up with a life of crime and if the big record exec's did not rob him of his royalties, if things were different would Ivan have met such a tragic end.
Being of Jamaican parentage and having visited this beautiful island on numerous occassions, one can almost understand and sympathise with people who despair of life and take drastic measures.
The Harder they Come succintly portrays what life was like (probably still is like) trying to survive in Kingston, Jamaica. Considering most of the cast were not even actors, they all turned out a fine performance. Truly an entertaining film.