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The Harder They Come (Starring Jimmy Cliff, Dir. Perry Henzell, New World Pictures)

Wayne Robins, Creem, May 1973

THE POSTERS that appeared in the New York subways a few weeks before the film premiered were natural killers. They showed Jimmy Cliff, dressed in reggae-bandit superstar duds, looking like the hero of the Slickers song 'Johnny Too Bad': "Walkin' down the road, with a pistol in your waist, Johnny you're too bad." He was dressed in stripes, animal skins, shades, yellow tropical soul city hat... and two guns blazing from each hand. But more than that, it was the hook line in the ad that kept coming back to me. "Top of the Hit Parade — and Number One on the Most Wanted List."

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