Starring famous Soul Syndicate drummer Leroy "Horsemouth" Wallace, writer/director Theodorus Bafaloukos excellent film "Rockers" is the only Jamaican film to rival "The Harder They Come" as the best Jamaican movie ever.
The story is party drama, part comedy and part trenchtown Robin Hood. Horsemouth plays himself (though this isnt a true story) as a drummer that buys a motorcycle so he can sell records and get more involved so he isnt robbed and exploited by the producers and the musical pirates. Soon after buying the bike (from Gregory Isaacs no less), it gets stolen by Jamaican mafia who plan on selling the bike. So when Horsey finds this out, he takes matters in his own hands and steals the bike back. Then, along with a gang made up of Horsey, Gregory Isaacs, Jacob Miller, Richard "Dirty Harry" Hall, Robbie Shakesphere, Leroy Smart, and Kiddus I rob the houses of the rich gangsters that stole Horseys bike.
They steal everything from furniture to clothes to money to jewlery and everything, and they distribute it all to the poor sufferers in the trenchtown ghettos. Much to the surprise of the downtown residents, they awake the next morning with fine furniture and new clothes and money and anything else the heart desires to make living a bit easier, out in their yards.
Packed with the exciting, fast paced (yet slowly walking) lifestyles of the Jamaican people during the late 1970s, this film is a great watch. Its isnt even the story that is captivating (as was the case with "Harder They Come"), more it was to be able to see Horsemouth and Jacob Miller and Gregory Isaacs as they really were. There are also alot of funny moments in the movie, where the large Jacob Miller threatens to stab Horsemouth for taking his food while Richard "Dirty Harry" Hall is laughing in the sidelines. Also a scene where Horsey and Dirty Harry go to a uptown disco bar and take over the DJ booth and play strictly rockers reggae, much to the dismay of the dancers and club owner.
Yet another highlight is that producer Jack Ruby guest stars and takes us into one of his sessions where Kiddus I is recording "Graduation In Zion". Burning Spear also makes an appearance singing an a capella version of "Jah No Dead". Other musical moments is Jacob Miller singing "Tenement Yard" at a swanky hotel (and the hotel guests complaining that the music dosent sound like calypso) and Gregory Isaacs performing "Slavemaster" with all of his cool ruler persona. Joe Gibbs, Big Youth, Dillinger and many others also have small cameo parts.
All in all, an excellent movie. Comes real recommended by me as an essential reggae film.
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