Fire in Babylon
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Fire In Babylon is the breathtaking story of how the West Indies triumphed over its colonial masters through the achievements of one of the most gifted teams in sporting history. In a turbulent era of apartheid in South Africa; race riots in England and civil unrest in the Caribbean, the West Indian cricketers, led by the enigmatic Viv Richards, struck a defiant blow at the forces of white prejudice worldwide. Their undisputed skill, combined with a fearless spirit, allowed them to dominate the genteel game at the highest level, replaying it on their own terms. This is their story, told in… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 87%

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"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."
‑ Mike Hale, New York Times
"A sparkling - if perhaps somewhat nostalgic - documentary about the transformation of the West Indies "calypso" style of cricket in the 1970s, resulting in a team that dominated the game around the world"
‑ Simon Weaving, Screenwize
"Rather than explore the nuanced reality of playing a white man's game with white teammates, Riley simply plays the race card and tells the tale in monochrome."
‑ Leslie Stonebraker, New York Press
"Compelling enough even for those with no interest in the sport."
‑ Alistair Harkness, Scotsman
"Not so much triumphalist as upbeat, saucy rather than slick, Fire in Babylon is the kind of film that makes you proud to be a human being."
‑ Charlotte O'Sullivan, This is London
"Riley shrewdly maintains focus on how the players co-opted the merciless tactics of their invective-hurling adversaries for their own, and the region's, self-actualization."
‑ Nick Schager, Village Voice
"Like all great documentaries, Fire in Babylon transcends its immediate subject matter to be a film with universal appeal."
‑ Thomas Caldwell, Cinema Autopsy
"Director Stevan Riley perhaps pushes the team's wider political significance a little too hard, but his film's well-chosen mix of talking heads and match footage allows the team's sporting achievement to speak for itself."
‑ Jason Best, Movie Talk
"It's a rousing film about ex-colonials uniting to assert their pride and to recover a dignity that continued to be denied them by the English and Australians."
‑ Philip French, Guardian
"Though hampered a little by a paucity of match footage, forthright interviews with the key performers - Viv Richards, Colin Croft, Andy Roberts, Lloyd himself - provide detailed insight..."
‑ Andrew Pulver, Guardian
"So much fun that you don't really have to understand much about the nuances of cricketing to get the point."
‑ Andrew O'Hehir,
"An invaluable lesson that there can be social consequences attached to playing a sport without a conscience even if you're the best around at throwing, whacking or catching a ball. Just ask Muhammad Ali."
‑ Kam Williams, NewsBlaze
"Through the breathless intercutting of stunning still photography and wince-inducing TV replays, the film perfectly captures the aggression and grace of Lloyd's men."
‑ Chris Fyvie, The Skinny
"This absorbing documentary, using interviews and contemporary footage, sets their ascendancy within the wider context of black consciousness and the emancipation from colonial rule."
‑ Anthony Quinn, Independent
"You don't need to know your silly mid off from your square leg to enjoy Fire in Babylon, a riveting account of the glory days of West Indian cricket."
‑ Marc Lee, Daily Telegraph
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