Admittedly, writer/director Theodoros Bafaloukos's 1979 rep theatre fave Rockers is far from a cinematic masterpiece. The script is weak, the narrative confused and the dialogue often indecipherable, even with subtitles. What continues to make it compelling viewing is the charismatic cast of real-life reggae greats - specifically, the film's protagonist, played by drummer Leroy "Horsemouth" Wallace, who carries the film from start to finish - along with the colourful backdrop of late-70s Kingston, Jamaica, and the phenomenal roots reggae soundtrack, which stands as one of the best ever.
This is a film made for home DVD. As big-name stars like Jacob Miller, Burning Spear, Dillinger and Gregory Isaacs (who hilariously doubles as a safecracker) keep popping up in unexpected places, the plot quickly becomes a sidebar to the freeze-frame game of spot-the-musician every time there's a crowd scene ("Look, that guy eating a goat patty - it's Style Scott!), made all the more enjoyable by the fabulous songs by Peter Tosh, Heptones, Junior Murvin, Bunny Wailer and others. A wonderful slice of reggae culture, perfect for your Caribana soirée.