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Babylon (1980)

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The movie centres around Brindsley Forde's character Blue. He fronts a reggae sound system based in West London. The film captures the trials and tribulations of young black youths in troubled London in the early eighties.

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Franco Rosso

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Cast overview, first billed only:
David N. Haynes David N. Haynes ... Errol
Trevor Laird Trevor Laird ... Beefy
Victor Romero Evans Victor Romero Evans ... Lover
Brian Bovell Brian Bovell ... Scientist
Archie Pool Archie Pool ... Dreadhead
Brinsley Forde Brinsley Forde ... Blue
Karl Howman Karl Howman ... Ronnie
Beverley Michaels Beverley Michaels ... Elaine (as Beverly Michaels)
Ann Duncan Ann Duncan ... Beefy's Girl
Beverley Dublin Beverley Dublin ... Sandra
King Sounds King Sounds ... Compere
Cynthia Powell Cynthia Powell ... Mum
T-Bone Wilson T-Bone Wilson ... Wesley (as T.Bone Wilson)
Mark Monero ... Carlton
Vilma Hollingbery Vilma Hollingbery ... Lady in Street
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Storyline

Babylon follows the story of David, a working class musician and black man in South East London. By day he works as a mechanic, at night David is a Mic controller at a local dance hall. The film centres around the racial divide of London in the 80s, the lack of opportunities available to black people and poverty. David loses his job, gets beaten up and charged by the police, forcing him to go on the run. Then breaking up with his girlfriend, all of his frustrations culminate in the stabbing of a racist neighbour. Written by John Mulholland

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Drama

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Trivia

Shaka directed the scene in which he appeared. See more »

Goofs

This is likely to be a 'deliberate error by the film-makers', but in one scene you see two characters putting up a poster advertising a gig. The date shown is Saturday 23rd December (year unspecified). The nearest year that this date fell on was 1978, which is 2 years before the film was released. It is possible that various anachronisms in the film may occur due to this, for example release dates of records, or registration number plates of new cars. See more »

Quotes

Alan: Oi!
Blue: What?
Alan: D'you wanna know something?
Blue: What?
Alan: You got too much of this.
[mouth]
Blue: Yeah?
Alan: Yeah.
Alan: Especially for a coon. I don't like moneys who get too clever in my garage. In other words son, you're fucking out. D'you understand?
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Soundtracks

L.B.C. Theme
by Jeff Wayne Music
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wicked
19 December 2002 | by bengoldacresSee all my reviews

this film is wicked. the music is bad, in the michael jackson sense of the word, the plot is hilarious and the whole thing is filmed around brixton which is lovely if you live there. and its got the bloke from brush strokes in it.


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Country:

UK | Italy

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 March 2019 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Babylon See more »

Filming Locations:

London, England, UK

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$21,214, 10 March 2019

Gross USA:

$109,749

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$109,749
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Diversity Music See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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