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Fire in Babylon (2010)

TV-14 | | Documentary, Sport | 22 July 2011 (USA)
Feature documentary about the great West Indies cricket team of the 1970's/80's.

Director:

Stevan Riley

Writer:

Stevan Riley
3 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Credited cast:
Richie Benaud ... Himself - Commentator (voice) (archive footage)
Ian Botham ... Himself (archive footage)
Geoffrey Boycott Geoffrey Boycott ... Himself - Commentator (voice) (archive footage)
Brian Close Brian Close ... Himself (archive footage)
Colin Croft Colin Croft ... Himself
Jeffery Dujon Jeffery Dujon ... Himself
David Frost ... Himself (archive footage)
Joel Garner ... Himself
Sunil Gavaskar ... Himself (archive footage)
Lance Gibbs Lance Gibbs ... Himself
David Gower ... Himself (archive footage)
Gordon Greenidge Gordon Greenidge ... Himself
Tony Greig ... Himself
Desmond Haynes Desmond Haynes ... Himself
Jason Holder Jason Holder ... Himself - Opening Credit Fast Bowler
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Feature documentary about the great West Indies cricket team of the 1970's/80's.

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Genres:

Documentary | Sport

Certificate:

TV-14 | See all certifications »
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Official Sites:

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 July 2011 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Storyville: Fire in Babylon See more »

Filming Locations:

Bridgetown, Barbados See more »

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Box Office

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$385,451
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Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Trivia

Director Stevan Riley's previous film was also a sports documentary - Blue Blood (2006) chronicled university boxing. See more »

Quotes

Tony Greig: I Intend to make them grovel
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Soundtracks

Shocking Dub
Performed by 'DUB LP- LKJ IN DUB - LINTON KWESI JOHNSON'
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Entertaining and Important Cricket Documentary
18 October 2010 | by jamiebrownSee all my reviews

It was a privilege to attend the World Premiere of this new documentary at the 2010 London Film Festival. Director Stevan Riley has made an exhilarating piece that describes the events which led to the West Indies cricket team rising from also-rans in the early 1970s to a fearsome, all-conquering force by end of the decade, and at the same time becoming cultural icons who inspired a generation of black people still struggling to emerge from a history of slavery and oppression.

The story is told entirely from the West Indians' point of view, and in their own words - this is not so much a discussion as a celebration of an inarguably glorious period of sporting history. The list of contributors is a cricketing hall-of-fame roll call: Richards, Lloyd, Holding, Roberts, Greenidge, Haynes, Garner and more are joined by other significant names from Caribbean culture. All are hugely entertaining orators who could easily have kept this relatively short production going for another 3 hours.

This is a film that should appeal to cricket fans, sports fans, and those not remotely interested in sport. A film full of entirely new interviews and perspectives will please the already-initiated, but the wider significance of this cricketing success make it accessible, and vital, viewing for everyone.


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