The Harder They Come
Summer Patio Film Series at Bayside Bowl
Reggae icon Jimmy Cliff stars as Ivan, an aspiring young singer who leaves his rural village for the capital city of Kingston hoping to make a name for himself. Robbed of his money and possessions his first day in town, Ivan records a song for an unscrupulous producer who controls the local music business – Mr. Hilton. When Ivan’s song becomes a hit but he sees none of the money, the country boy turns city outlaw.
At war with both the police and rivals in the ganja trade, Ivan rises quickly to the top of the pop charts …and the most-wanted lists.
This uniquely homegrown Jamaican film has gone on to become one of the best regarded indie film features of all time. Rated among AMC’s top 50 all-time cult classics, The Harder They Come’s six year run at The Orson Welles Theater in Boston is the second longest continuous theatrical run in American history (behind only the film’s Midnight Movies cousin – The Rocky Horror Picture Show).
This is a free outdoor screening on the back patio at Bayside Bowl – 58 Alder St, Portland. Film starts at sunset. Seating and patio capacity ARE limited, please consider arriving early and bringing your own folding chair or blanket. There is a mobile walk-up patio beer stand and waitstaff will be available to take food and beverage orders from the bar and kitchen.
With promotional support from WMPG Community Radio.