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Countryman

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A harmonious fisherman who lives his life peacefully drifting with the tides finds himself drawn into a political plot after rescuing two Americans from the wreckage of a crashed airplane. Countryman is a man of knowledge, a man who lives by the land and leads a noble life. When the solitary fisherman sees an airplane crash into a nearby swamp, he heroically comes to the rescue of the two surviving passengers. For his efforts, Countryman is not commended, but branded an enemy agent along with the two Americans ...
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A harmonious fisherman who lives his life peacefully drifting with the tides finds himself drawn into a political plot after rescuing two Americans from the wreckage of a crashed airplane. Countryman is a man of knowledge, a man who lives by the land and leads a noble life. When the solitary fisherman sees an airplane crash into a nearby swamp, he heroically comes to the rescue of the two surviving passengers. For his efforts, Countryman is not commended, but branded an enemy agent along with the two Americans from the airplane. The man responsible for transforming the selfless hero into a desperate fugitive is the power-hungry General Sinclair, a man so consumed by his quest for glory that he is willing to destroy anyone who gets in his way. Now, in order just to survive, the peace-loving Rastafarian must flee into the Jamaican wilderness and share his knowledge of the land with his new American friends. And though Countryman is a gentle soul at heart, he proves capable of unleashing a furious display of acrobatic hand-to-hand combat when forced to fight for what is right.
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Fans of Jamaica, reggae, and marijuana will probably enjoy Countryman, but most others will likely be stranded by the strong dialects and the minimal plot. Vague political intrigue, vague tweaking of taboos, vague character motivations -- it's all pretty vague in a movie that exists as a pastiche of cultural symbols, its action inspired more by ambience than narrative fluidity. On this score, it succeeds, using the naturalistic settings, and peopling these with interesting character types, to create a true sense of the insider's Jamaica. The best and clearest scenes involve the crash victims trying to stay hidden in their jungle encampment; it's here that director Dickie Jobson inserts the sequence clearly designed as the "stoner's delight," in which a trio of characters smoke a lot of ganja and eat a lot of scrumptious fruit. Ultimately, Countryman works better as a moving visual accompaniment to the reggae music, and a pseudo documentary-style glimpse into a foreign culture. As narrative filmmaking, it's a long way short of Perry Henzell's The Harder They Come, the classic Jimmy Cliff starrer that paved the way for future Jamaican cinema.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/29/2003
  • UPC: 031398840428
  • Original Release: 1982
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  • Source: Lions Gate
  • Region Code: 0
  • Sound: Dolby Digital Stereo, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:43:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
The Countryman Countryman
Hiram Keller Bobby Lloyd
Carl Bradshaw Capt. Benchley
Basil Keane Colonel Sinclair
Ronnie McKay Wax
Ronald Gossop Biker
Oliver Samuels Pillion
Chin Fish Vendor
Jahman Jahman
Buster Jameson Ezekiel
Freshey Richardson Mosman
Peter Packer
Claudia Robinson
Kristian Sinclair
Technical Credits
Dickie Jobson Director, Screenwriter
Wally Badarou Score Composer
Chris Blackwell Producer
Peter Boyle Editor
Dominique Chapuis Cinematographer
Bernard Leonard Art Director
John Victor Smith Editor
Michael Thomas Screenwriter
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