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Every cut is a lie. It’s never that way. Those two shots were never next to each other in time that way. But you’re telling a lie in order to tell the truth. –Wolf Koenig.

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June 23, 2011 , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

If you grew up watching cricket you would know about the WINDIES team that brought the world to its knees and a nation to its feet. Fire in the babylon is the story of the West Indian triumph over its colonial masters through the achievements of one of the most gifted teams in the sporting history.

SYNOPSIS:  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 their own words.

If you do not know what cricket is and are still reading this far then imagine a cricket ball (cherry red cork ball) hurled at you at a mind numbing pace not to get you out but to intimidate and possibly hurt you. Now that was what it felt like facing the bowling attack of Andy Roberts, Michael Holding, Colin Croft, Joel Gamer and Malcolm Marchall. After their fast bowlers cleaned up the opponent’s batsmen, their batsmen, the legendary Sir Viv Richards, Gordon Greenidge, Desmond Haynes and Clive Lloyd will toy with the opponents bowling and send the battered and bruised ball to remote corners of the cricket field. Greenidge would say, “We could not take it out on a fellow human being, but we could do that on the 5.5 ounce cherry”. That the intensity of the windies game in their glory days and this documentary! Source:

Fire in Babylon explores what turned West Indies of the late 1970s into a cricket’s legends, that went on to dominate the game for 15 years without losing a test series. I have not yet seen the film but in general the reviews say that the film does not deal with cricket enough to appeal to someone not initiated into cricket and omits and distorts facts to outrage a die hard cricket fan.

I am not sure I buy into the image of the West Indian team being the pioneering post colonial heroes. All of that sounds pretty theatrical and over the top. But it is an indisputable fact that Llyod’s men possessed unbelievable talent, matchless skills and brutal pace attack. A documentary was much needed to immortalize their domineering era. Watch the film and judge it yourself. All, I can tell you is that every cricket fan will watch it once and there are millions of us out there!


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