The film & soundtrack that pretty much propelled reggae music (and Jimmy Cliff) into the international consciousness, The Harder They Come is the story of Ivanhoe “Ivan” Martin (Jimmy Cliff) who moves to Kingston and struggles to
find work. He proves to be a talented reggae singer, but can only
release a record by signing away the rights to music mogul Hilton (Bob
Charlton), who pays him a meager $20. His friend Jose (Carl Bradshaw)
introduces him to the marijuana trade and Ivan eventually becomes a
The hit record soundtrack includes now standard reggae fare with tracks by Cliff, Desmond Dekker, Toots & The Maytals, The Melodians, and others.