- Actors: Viv Richards, Malcolm Marshall, Clive Lloyd, Ian Botham, Gordon Greenidge
- Directors: Stevan Riley
- Format: PAL, Dolby, Digital Sound, Surround Sound, Widescreen
- Language: English
- Subtitles: English
- Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
- Number of discs: 1
- Classification: 12
- Studio: Revolver Entertainment
- DVD Release Date: 6 Jun. 2011
- Run Time: 95 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (162 customer reviews)
- ASIN: B004P9MVHC
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 33,327 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
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From the producers of the academy award winning The Last King of Scotland and One Day in September comes one of the most inspiring stories in sporting history… Fire In Babylon is the breathtaking tale of how the oppressed people of the West Indies fought back and triumphed over its colonial masters, through the remarkable achievements of one of sports most iconic teams. In a turbulent era of apartheid in South Africa; race riots in England and civil unrest in the Carribean, the West Indian cricketers, led by the enigmatic Viv Richards, struck a wonderfully defiant blow at the forces of white prejudice worldwide. Their undisputed skill, combined with a fearless spirit, allowed them to dominate the game at the highest level, replaying it on their own, terrifying, terms. This is their story.
The West Indies cricket team in the 1970s and 80s rightly continues to be regarded as one of the finest of all time. Names such as Viv Richards, Clive Lloyd, Malcolm Marshall and Gordon Greenidge played the kind of cricket that remains talked about to this day. But what the film Fire In Babylon does is dig a little deeper, examining the ramifications of what that team achieved off the pitch as well as on it.
Fire In Babylon examines the oppression and prejudice that the West Indies team was batting against, and how it came to gradually overcome them. It looks, too, at just what can be achieved by sporting success, with many of the key names of the time all contributing.
Running to a little shy of 90 minutes, Fire In Babylon blends match footage when it can, and breezes through its running time. Perhaps it doesn’t quite fully match its ambitions, but it does provide a thoughtful, engaging documentary, one whose appeal should extend far beyond followers of cricket. It’s an uplifting piece of work, and one that really deserves to be seen. --Jon Foster
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That's why this film interested me - I expected it to be a movie that just cricket fans would like and the rest of us would be left at the wayside thinking what on earth is a goggly... Definitely not the case with this movie.
Taking on the unification of the West Indies, the race riots, the importance of the sport to West Indian communities in the commonwealth, apartheid in South Africa and the amazing winning streak of the Windies, the movie is a fascinating look into 70s-80s history. Plus their lethal fast bowlers, who will have you wincing with pain at the jaw breaking speed, are amazing to watch!
What tips it into 5 stars is the reggae soundtrack! Brilliant. Brings a flair of the Caribbean to the whole film.
I haven't come back loving cricket (or sadly, knowing what a goggly is), but appreciating the sport a bit more and definitely understanding why the West Indies cricket team were spoken of as the best in the world.
At the very least, it has got to get an award nom at the BAFTAs!
The film mixes original footage with commentary from musicians, admirers and many of the players themselves, and music from many local bands and established singers. This is definitely one for a long summer evening in with friends and sets up a summer full of sport...and cricket.Read more ›
This documentary concentrates on the rise of this West Indian team, and the problems that they had to surmount. The way they were intimidated and humiliated by an Australian team containing Lillee and Thomson in 1974, which led to the fire fights fire response by captain Clive LLoyd. It was interesting to see how Michael Holding was reduced to tears by racist abuse in Australia during that era. But, boy did he bounce back!Read more ›
With the passing of time it's easy to forget that the emergence of this team as, arguably, the greatest of all time was against the backdrop of racial tension in England and, of course, apartheid in South Africa and the motivation this provided shines through also.
No question that the story is a great one, excellently told and for sure it's of interest not just to cricket fans. What spoilt it for me, and hence the 3 star rating, is that I am a cricket fan who grew into adulthood watching this team, so I found myself becoming increasingly frustrated by continuity errors, "flipped" pictures which showed right arm bowlers bowling left arm or right handed batsmen batting left handed and also by the poor quality of all the action footage, presumably done for "effect". There's also a frustrating lack of film from the 75-76 series in Australia and the Packer era which means the same action is repeated, almost too often. So if you're a cricket fan with an eye for detail, you have to park that if you're going to enjoy this film fully. Also given the quality of the action footage, there is no benefit whatever from buying the Blue-Ray version.
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Awesome doc highlighting how great a team they were....some fond memories of summers past....Published 1 month ago by Tristan P.
This is a seriously good sports documentary - on a par with "When We Were Kings" and "Senna" - and is a must, not only for cricket fans, but also for students of... Read morePublished 6 months ago by A.L. Brown
Thanks for fast posting! Bought this for a father in law who's been both a cricketer and umpire for many years. I can't wait to watch this with him. Read morePublished 7 months ago by gen
a trip to the past, when the windies were good and i was a youngPublished 7 months ago by sean lashley