ArcLight in La Jolla to screen film credited with spreading reggae worldwide, Sept. 4-5

ArcLight Cinemas in La Jolla will hold a 40th anniversary screening of the cult classic, “The Harder They Come,” 8 p.m. Sept. 4-5.

The 1972 Jamaican crime film and its soundtrack, starring reggae singer and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Jimmy Cliff, are credited with spreading reggae music throughout the world.

It tells of a young Jamaican man wishing to become a successful Reggae singer (played by Cliff) who finds himself tied to corrupt record producers and drug pushers. The character is based on Rhyging, a real-life Jamaican criminal who achieved fame in the 1940s.

Cliff is the only current living musician to hold the Order of Merit, the highest honor that can be granted by the Jamaican government for achievement in the arts and sciences.

ArcLight Cinemas is at 4425 La Jolla Village Dr. in the Westfield UTC Mall.


--Staff Reports