Fire in Babylon
Fire in Babylon (2011)

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… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: July 22, 2011
DVD Release Date: October 18, 2011
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Critic Score: 91% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Mike Hale
New York Times

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.

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Simon Weaving

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

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Leslie Stonebraker
New York Press

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.

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Nick Schager
Village Voice

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.

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Thomas Caldwell
Cinema Autopsy

Like all great documentaries, Fire in Babylon transcends its immediate subject matter to be a film with universal appeal.

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Jason Best
Movie Talk

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.

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Andrew O'Hehir

So much fun that you don't really have to understand much about the nuances of cricketing to get the point.

Kam Williams

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.

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Chris Fyvie
The Skinny

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.

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More than any other form of documentary, sports films are often guilty of preaching to the converted. Through a combination of eccentric jargon, cliquey… More