Fire in Babylon

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Released 2011

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2011
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From the producers of Academy Award winning films, The Last King of Scotland and One Day in September, comes the incredibly captivating story of the glorious domination of the West Indian cricket team who with a combination of phenomenal skill and fearless spirit became the one of the greatest teams in sports history. Told in the words of legendary and revered players of the time including Sir Viv Richards, Michael Holding, and Sir Clive Lloyd, Fire in Babylon illustrates how this exceptional team fundamentally changed the sport forever. With their mastery of 'fast-bowling' with pitches that sometimes reached a deadly 90 miles per hour, they hijacked the genteel game of the privileged elite and replayed it on their own terms. With impressive archival footage and a robust soundtrack that includes the likes of Bob Marley and the Wailers, Gregory Isaacs, Faithless and Horace Andy, FIRE IN BABYLON celebrates the emancipation of a people through sport, whilst painting a fascinating picture of this extraordinary era of sporting dominance and its roots in politics, pride, anti-colonial fury and music.moreless

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  • 70

    The New York Times Mike Hale

    It all adds up to an entertaining 88 minutes, despite the film's ramshackle construction and its once-over-lightly approach to political, cultural and athletic history.

  • 60

    Variety

    This triumph-of-the-underdogs tale is enjoyable in the retelling, despite its repetitious hammering of the message.

  • 38

    Slant Magazine

    Perhaps because the Caribbean serves as its main setting, Fire in Babylon simply can't help but take it easy.

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