Rockers | Chicago Reader


100 minutes 2013

Sounds from the golden age of reggae pulse through this breezy 1978 drama, about a group of carefree Jamaican musicians who champion their homegrown beat and band together when one of them loses his motorcycle to a local theft ring. Leroy "Horsemouth" Wallace plays the main character, an ace drummer and confirmed loafer; aside from him the musicians in the cast (including Gregory Isaacs and Bunny Wailer) seem ill at ease in their dialogue scenes, but their joyful numbers are the whole show. Director-writer Theodoros Bafaloukos fondly observes the local colors and lingo and neatly paces the film's climactic heist to the island's syncopated beat. Also known as Countryman.

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