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Reggae legend Jimmy Cliff plays this main character in the 1972 reggaesploitation film The Harder They Come.
A simple Jamaican hick, he comes to the big city with hopes of being a singer/songwriter. When he gets shafted by the corrupt, payola-driven system (personified by producer Mr. Hilton (Robert Charlton), Martin turns to dealing ganja, with some cop killing on the side. His criminal antics fire sales of his record, and it all leads to a big ole bloody cop killin' shoot out. Cliff's character is based on real outlaw/folk hero Rhygin.