Friday, March 25, 2016

366 Days at the Drive-In: Day 177

The Date: March 25

The Movie: The Harder They Come (1972)

What Is It?: The first homegrown Jamaican film introduced midnight movie audiences to the sounds of reggae and the star power of Jimmy Cliff, who rules the screen and soundtrack as a singer-turned-gangster. Amazingly, Toots and the Maytalls upstage him just by lip-synching “Sweet and Dandy”. What a fucking great song!

Why Today?: On this day in 2005, the Theatre Royal Stratford East first stages a musical version of the film with a script by original director Perry Henzell.
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